The Challenges and Successes of Match Day 2020

Match Day 2020 was the first of its kind for The Renaissance School of Medicine: it was a Virtual Match Day, broadcasted live on Stony Brook Medicine’s Facebook page, due to the social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Although it was a first of its kind for the School of Medicine, the “Zoom Party” still captured the raw emotion (in real-time) of the School of Medicine's MS4s as they learned where their residency assignments will be.

For the Department of Medicine specifically, Dr. Susan Lane, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and Vice Chair of Education, was thrilled to welcome the incoming class on Friday, March 20th. The department will welcome 31 categorical interns and 2 primary care interns.

“I am pleased to announce this year’s match results for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our incoming class has remarkable breadth and depth of experience, and they are a wonderful addition to our medicine training programs.

“A special thanks to Linda Colosi for her outstanding commitment to the continuous growth of our training program, and to Olja Meyer, Roseli Pelaez, Lori Briody, and Susan Legrady for all of their hard work and dedication to the program. 

“Thank you to Dr. Yang for your strong support of our educational mission. I am grateful for the devotion of our wonderful Associate Program Directors, Nirvani Goolsarran, Patty Ng (also serves as Primary Care Program Director), Jamie Mersten, Ed Weissman, and Robert Abdullah our Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director.

“A very special thanks to our chief residents, Aaron Levit, Ruthie Abeles, Aditi Bhagat, and Adam Korus who are outstanding role models - they put their hearts and souls into our program and our residency recruitment. Last but not least, thank you to all of our amazing residents who make Stony Brook the best place to train in Internal Medicine.”

Please join The Department of Medicine in welcoming the Internal Medicine 2020 class of interns!

The behind-the-scenes work to execute Stony Brook Medicine's Virtual Match Day on Facebook Live was fast and furious, and had to be turned around quickly. In the end, the livestream was well-attended and appreciated by the students.

We thank all faculty and students who participated, or just watched the livestream and cheered on our MS4s with real-time comments as they officially began their medical careers. It was, indeed, a Match Day like no other.