Resident Testimonials

Current Resident Testimonials

"It still feels like yesterday when I was sitting by the computer for virtual match day 2021. I was nervously waiting for the results and when I saw Stony Brook I burst into tears! I guess it was the excitement, the nerves, and the happiness all rolled into one! I had completed my undergraduate program from Stony Brook and had always wanted to come back!
I think the biggest reason I chose this program is because I sensed that the program was truly interested and vested in the residents. I remember vividly during my interview with Dr. Blair about how she asked me about something she had read in my personal statement. It wasn't a big thing but to me the fact that she had remembered my personal statement in the sea of applications was a tremendously positive moment. Other programs said that they cared about residents but this one action by Dr. Blair proved that she cared. Actions truly speak louder than words! 
I couldn't be happier at this program! I won't say that there aren't flaws here! Every program has something that they are working on to improve and Stony Brook is no different. But the reason I am happy here is because the people here are genuine and real." 
- Sharnam Ahmed, PGY3





Resident Graduates Testimonials

Kaiti "I am amazed every time I think back about my residency experience here at Stony Brook. I cannot believe how much I have learned and grown over the past few years. I can genuinely say that my training has been well rounded to all aspects of pediatric medicine. I have developed my skills and strengths as a pediatrician. Residency challenged me in a way that has allowed me to realize my true potential. My mentors and all the attendings here at Stony Brook pushed me to become the best resident doctor I can be and have set me up to succeed on my own personal trajectory. The cardiologists have inspired me and always take the extra time to teach and prepare me for my cardiology fellowship next year. My colleagues have made these 3 years a fun, enjoyable and exciting experience. We help each other out, teach and learn together and make each other laugh every single day. I am so grateful for all the things we get to do locally including going to restaurants, beaches, ice skating, hiking and more.  There is no place I would rather have done my training."
- Kaitlyn Krebushevski, Graduated 2023
"Starting residency is a huge transition. But at Stony Brook Children's I never felt as though I was just thrown in and expected to fend for myself like some rumors make residency in general seem. From day 1, I felt supported and welcomed as a new member of the Stony Brook Pediatrics family. I felt comfortable and right at home here immediately. It's very clear that the faculty and staff are incredibly warm and eager to start working with us. They go above and beyond to teach, mentor, and help us grow as physicians each and every day. The environment fosters a strong sense of camaraderie between residents and faculty adding to the many things Stony Brook Children's has to offer." 
- Tanmai Shah, Graduated 2023
Jeremy "Faculty are always there to guide you and have your best interests at heart."
- Jeremy Grossman, Med-Peds, Graduated 2023
"When I set out to find my ideal Pediatric Residency, I had a few requirements in mind: a strong academic institution with opportunities to explore complex clinical cases and research interests, a warm, supportive environment, and plenty of activities to keep me happy and healthy outside the hospital. Stony Brook easily checked and quickly surpassed all of those boxes. Residency was challenging but rewarding. I took care of patients with a wide range of common and unusual conditions. I learned to seamlessly integrate medical literature into patient management. I presented my research at a national conference, and as a result was invited to serve on a statewide Task Force. Of course, I also made great friends, and many have stayed at Stony Brook as Attendings. If I had the chance to re-do Residency, Stony Brook would be the place."
- Andrew Handel, Graduated 2017

"My passion for Academic General Pediatrics all started with incredible mentors at Stony Brook Children’s and impactful continuity clinic experiences at Tech Park.  I will be forever grateful for the clinical, research, teaching, and advocacy skills instilled in medical school and residency at Stony Brook that my colleagues and I now bring to our fellowships and careers each day!:
- Sarah Justvig, Graduated 2020

"Growing up on Long Island it has been a privileged to be able to work at Stony Brook and help the communities that raised me.  I have been fortunate to not only get great mentorship and make lifelong friends but have now been able to provide that same mentorship as part of the primary care faculty."

- Richard Pongvitayapanu, Graduated 2020


"I couldn’t say enough positive things about our residency program. From the co residents, to the attendings, to the rest of the faculty and medical staff, I have felt welcomed since day 1. I came here to Long Island, unfamiliar with the area, and not knowing anyone, and now I can say it’s my “residency home.” It’s a great place for education- we get such interesting cases! And it’s helped me find what I want to do for the rest of my life!"
- Pianpian Wu, Graduated 2021




"When I first came to Stony Brook, I was struck with how comfortable everyone seemed to be. I loved that all the residents and faculty were friendly and open and genuinely seemed to work well with each other. I like that the residents had a very close relationship with the faculty since there were few fellows. As I have moved through residency I only found this to be more and more true. I have had the chance to know so many of the faculty on a personal level"
- Ommul Fatmi, Graduated 2021





"My favorite thing about our residency program is the support I have from my co-residents and faculty who have become a second family. I went to medical school at Stony Brook as well and chose to stay for residency because of the warm and familial culture of the program. I've also received much support from faculty in pursuing my academic and research interests in pediatric infectious disease and breastfeeding medicine."
- Kate Shapiro, Graduated 2021





"I ranked Stony Brook as my top choice for pediatrics residency, and after completing both my general training and chief year here, I can confidently say I made the right decision! The experience I had at Stony Brook shaped me into a confident clinician and well-rounded general pediatrician - I have now been able to take those skills with me to my fellowship and feel thankful that Stony Brook gave me such a wonderful foundation to build off of. I am forever thankful to my faculty mentors, co-residents and friends that became like family throughout my years at Stony Brook!" 

- Sara Gungor, Graduated 2021





 "One of the great aspects of completing residency training at Stony Brook is the mix of autonomy and support. The attending physicians do a great job of recognizing when it is appropriate to provide residents with autonomy to create and carry out their own plans for patients. At the same time they are always very approachable and easy to reach if any support is needed."
- Gregory Mooney, Graduated 2021




"When I was interviewing for residency, the pediatrics residency program at Stony Brook was attractive to me for 3 reasons: its leadership, its location, and its resources. Now in my final year of residency, I am so happy to confirm that these 3 characteristics have helped serve as the basis for a fantastic residency experience. First, I feel incredibly well supported by Dr. Blair and the rest of the team here at Stony Brook. I have received great mentorship, which has allowed for professional advancement and the completion of successful research. Additionally, the residents look out for one another – creating an atmosphere of inclusion, care, and resilience. Second, the proximity to New York City has allowed my partner and I to live with each other. As she works in the Bronx, we live in between Stony Brook and NYC. I’m able to easily commute to Stony Brook and we’re able to maintain a healthy social life with friends in NYC and out on Long Island. Lastly, it has been fun to watch our patients and their families take advantage of the opportunities that the hospital has to offer. Stony Brook Children’s is a growing hospital with many resources – the opportunity to work in a new facility as part of a growing program has been very exciting!"
- Joshua Glass, Graduated 2021