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A Residency Match Day Like No Other
An MD/PhD student with cerebral palsy, a child of Haitian Immigrants, and a couple from Long Island, all to find out where they will launch their medical careers


Stony Brook University Media Contact: Greg Filiano
Office: 631-444-7880; Cell Phone: 631-338-7644

Stony Brook University fourth year medical students find out for the first time where they will match to physician residency programs, launching their medical careers. Match Day is a nationwide event and high point of their medical school career.

The electric atmosphere shows medical students celebrating with their classmates, family, and friends:

  • Official papers of residency assignments are waved wildly by students upon receiving them.
  • Students/faculty and classmates hug when hearing the news of a “match” for the first time.
  • Spouses, dads, moms, and children embraced their loved ones – the students – during the news.


  • Kip Guja, who battles cerebral palsy, will be among the few at Stony Brook in 2017 to earn his MD/PhD degree. Already a highly accomplished researcher, Kip will be matching to a program in Radiology.
  • Ryan Lamm and Sonia Bharel, both native Long Islanders, take part in the exciting “couples match,” where they will find out their destinies together on residency programs in General Surgery and Internal Medicine, respectively.
  • Elaine Carelus, whose parents came to the U.S. from Haiti in search of a new and better life. Elaine found an enriching academic life at Stony Brook, going from undergraduate into medical school and is now ready to match to her first job as a physician.
  • Other students matching to programs, along with leading Stony Brook Medicine faculty who can comment on the results of the 2017 Stony Brook Match.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Galleria, Level 3, Stony Brook University Health Sciences Tower

12:00 Noon

Administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), “Match Day” is an annual nationwide event when more than 25,000 medical students nationwide learn of their residency assignments. Match Day results show trends in medicine and illustrate the need for growing numbers of physicians in the healthcare field.


LIE to Exit 62. North on Nicolls Road 8.5 miles. Cross over Route 347 and make a right at South Entrance of Stony Brook University Hospital. Drive to the second light, and make a left into the hospital parking lot. Enter hospital via the lobby. Go to the Info Desk to get walking directions to the Health Sciences Galleria.



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