131 RSOM students correspond to residency programs; 20% to stay at Stony Brook Medicine
STONY BROOK, NY, March 23, 2022 – Taking a big step toward launching their careers, 131 Renaissance School of Medicine (RSOM) fourth-year students have been matched with residency training programs across the country, in New York State and in Stony Brook Medicine on March 18. training programs at Stony Brook, the highest percentage remaining at Stony Brook since 2010, when the school began tracking this measure annually.
Game days are held annually across the country, a celebratory event when students learn of their residency training assignments. Administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), more than 39,000 positions have been filled this year. look at this NRMP news. The number of physicians continues to grow, in part due to the need for our country’s growing population and the growing need for specialized medical services. The two-year-long international pandemic has also raised awareness of the importance of a strong supply of physicians in the future in the 21st century.
“The role of the physician has never been more important,” said Hal Paz, MD, MS, executive vice president for health sciences at Stony Brook University, in a corresponding student video message. “You will soon join a network of more than 4,500 former doctors. The Renaissance School of Medicine gave you the opportunity to become a doctor, but you worked hard to achieve your dreams.
Collectively, students were matched with programs in 18 states and Washington, DC. Approximately 43% of students were matched to programs in New York State and 56% to programs in other states. The major corresponding programs included internal medicine (21 students), emergency medicine (15), anesthesiology (12), and pediatrics (11).
To see the celebration and the matches of certain students see this video.
“You all stand at the threshold of your medical career, a threshold can be the entrance to a new place, or it can be the start of a new chapter in our lives, or it can be the limit of a condition. For you, it’s all of that,” said William Wertheim, MD, acting dean of the RSOM.
Considering these difficult times in our society and in health care, Dr. Wertheim continued: “COVID has become, during your student years, a fact of life. While this has created disruption for all of you, it has also created opportunities – for you to witness advances in science and how each of these advances is incorporated into practice, for how quickly recognition of new conditions and new challenges is embraced in medicine to care for. These are all good lessons to learn.
Among the paired students are Long Island natives Kristin Krumenacker and Justin Cheung. Krumenacker, a dual degree student who will also earn a master of arts in medical humanities, compassionate care and bioethics in May, paired with a radiology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems. Cheung, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Stony Brook University as an undergraduate, hopes to pursue a fellowship in hematology/oncology. He is one of four fourth-year students to complete the BS to MD program at Stony Brook. Cheung was matched with an internal medicine program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Another student completing the BS to MD program at Stony Brook, Verdah Ahmad, was matched with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. Originally from New Jersey, Ahmad hoped to be matched with a school in the New York metropolitan area. She is very happy to follow a program in her home country.