Welcome from the Chief Residents


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Welcome to the Stony Brook University Internal Medicine Residency Program!

We are proud of our residents and their accomplishments. Under the strong leadership of, Dean Peter Igarashi, Chairman of the Department of Medicine Dr. Vincent Yang, and Internal Medicine Program Director Dr. Susan Lane at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, amazing things are happening! We are proud to have trained at Stony Brook and are excited to show you what makes our program an outstanding choice for your residency training.

 The Medical Center

 The University Hospital is the flagship institution of the Stony Brook Health System and the only major 603 bed level 1 trauma   tertiary care center in Suffolk County. Our catchment area is approximately 1.6 million, ensuring exposure to a diverse patient   population with both “bread-and-butter,” and high complexity cases. We are the referral center for many community hospitals   in the area and offer ECMO, renal transplantation, and advanced IR procedures.

 Our institution is constantly expanding. Our new Medicine and Research Translation (MART) Building focuses on imaging,   neurosciences, cancer care, and cancer research. The Bed Tower is also the new home to the Stony Brook Children’s   Hospital  as well as surgical units.

 Well-Rounded, Holistic Training

 Our program offers a superior graduate medical education experience. Our general medicine teams are geographically   based   on the 15th   floor of our hospital. Our residents experience the breadth and depth of medicine, rotating on   subspecialty   services including the Medical Intensive Care Unit, inpatient Medical Oncology service and the Heart Institute, which includes a  Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a cardiac step-down unit, electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization labs. We also have in-house fellowships and rotations in cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology/critical care, endocrinology, palliative care, medical informatics, nephrology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, hematology and oncology, and geriatrics. Beyond our walls, residents with interests in international health can rotate at affiliated hospitals in Japan and Peru via our global health opportunities. 

Unique to our curriculum is an “Academic Wednesday”, which provides our residents protected educational time for simulation and bedside ultrasound training, evidence-based medicine, women’s health mentorship, research, social justice, high-value care, and board review. With the 4+1 system, there is ample opportunity for our residents to participate in quality improvement projects and research.

We have a robust ultrasound training program under the guidance of our critical care attendings. Ultrasound training is integrated in the clinical training from the start of the PGY-1 year. With expert guidance in the simulation center, residents are able to learn and refine their bedside ultrasound skills. All our teaching team floors have a dedicated ultrasound machine, ensuring easy access for our residents to use for clinical decision making and procedures.

We are a prominent research institution with experts engaging in basic science, translational, and clinical research. Residents have opportunities to rotate with experts in the clinical setting and become involved in their research teams. Residents have been very successful in publishing high impact work. Our Residency class of 2023 has published over 35 journal articles, presented more than 40 abstracts and posters at regional, national, and international conferences, and given more than 150 lecture presentations during their time at Stony Brook Hospital. 

A Great Work Environment

We take great pride in the camaraderie of our residents; we are a unique program in this regard. We have a friendly and collegial environment where residents feel supported. Logistically, we do not have 24hr rotations and our program is structured with multiple levels of senior support to ensure that residents may practice medicine in an adequately supervised environment with graded responsibility. You will form deep, life-long friendships during your training here and the sense of community you will find fosters a positive work environment. In fact, many of our recent graduates have decided to stay at Stony Brook as full-time faculty. Over the past decade, 98 of our residency graduates have started their first attending position or fellowship at Stony Brook Medicine. Our exceptional faculty are invested in providing quality teaching and many of our resident's form mentorship relationships that support their future career goals. 

A Wonderful Place to Live

While not at work, our residents enjoy exploring the island as there are plenty of things to do, beautiful places to see and great places to relax. We are located about an hour and a half away from New York City to the west, and less than an hour to Long Island wine country on the North Fork and the Hamptons on the South Fork. We are also within 30 minutes of some popular beach destinations and have year-round ferry services to New England. You will find an eclectic range of food in the area, many of whom supply meals for our Academic Wednesday conferences.Anticipation does not come without anxiety; this is true for the transition into residency, but we are confident you will find what many of our residents' experience here at Stony Brook: a true passion and respect for the practice of medicine. Thank you for your interest in the Stony Brook University Internal Medicine Residency Program. We are excited for you to discover more about our program and meet our Stony Brook family. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Best Wishes!

Marta Arjonilla, Michael Ferrigno, Janey James and James Mattson