Nearly One-Third of Class Places in Primary Care on National “Match Day”
STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 24, 2011 – Expressions and exclamations of joy and celebration filled the air during the 2011 Stony
|Frederick Schiavone, M.D., (left) Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Robert Reilly, M.D., Co-Director, Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program (right) and School of Medicine faculty Rachel Boykan, M.D., Roberta Seidman, M.D., and Robyn Blair, M.D., flank med students who will remain at Stony Brook University Medical Center for their upcoming residency training beginning July 1. |
Brook University School of Medicine “Match Day,” when 116 medical students learned where they will begin their residency training this coming July. The group was among the largest total of students matched ever – more than 26,000 – to residencies nationwide on March 17. The SBU students matched to a variety of healthcare institutions in New York State, 17 other states, and Washington, D.C.
“Our match results are an indication of a talented class with a broad range of interests in the field of medicine,” says Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences. “Where these students matched is a reflection of their hard work, as well as the quality of our faculty in educating and mentoring the students during their years at Stony Brook.”
Approximately 60 percent of the students who matched will begin their residencies in New York State and Metro area institutions, such as New York University School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Ten students will stay at Stony Brook University Medical Center for their residency training.
Students also matched to many types of healthcare institutions outside New York. These included Ivy League-affiliated institutions such as Yale-New Haven Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; large hospitals and academic medical centers, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, University of California at San Francisco, and Boston University Medical Center; as well as the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Nearly one-third of the class matched to Primary Care specialties, with Internal Medicine and Pediatrics the top two sub-categories within Primary Care. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the national 2011 Match Day results indicated for the second year in a row more U. S. medical school 4th year students will train in Primary Care specialties than in any other area.
In total, the SBU students matched to 19 specialty programs. Internal Medicine was the top specialty choice. Other top choices included Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and Surgery.
Match Day is a national event, conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a not-for-profit corporation established in 1952. According to NRMP statistics, 2011 was the largest match in history, encompassed more than 37,000 applicants, and exceeded more than 26,000 matches for the first time.