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Release: March 20, 2003

"Match Day" Reveals Residencies For UI Medical Students

Fourth-year students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine today learned where they will begin their residencies -- specialty training programs that follow graduation from medical school -- as part of "Match Day," an annual event held at medical colleges around the country.

Of this year's graduating class of 145 students, 67 chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Within primary care specialties, 28 students matched in family medicine programs, 16 in internal medicine, 15 in pediatrics, six in obstetrics and gynecology, and two in combined internal medicine and pediatrics.

The top non-primary care specialties were diagnostic radiology (14 students), emergency medicine (10 students), general surgery (10 students), anesthesiology (eight students), and urology (seven students).

Forty-four of the students, or 30 percent of the graduating class, will remain in Iowa for their medical residencies; last year, 38 percent of the graduating students (62 of 165) matched with residency programs in Iowa. Of the 44 students staying in Iowa this year, 20 will begin residencies at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Geographically, the most popular states for residencies following Iowa were California (15 students), Michigan (eight students), Illinois (eight students), and Wisconsin (six students).

"We are pleased that our graduates continue to be well received as they compete for training positions across the country, but also that many choose to remain in the state of Iowa," said Kimberly Ephgrave, M.D., professor and associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) helps place graduating medical students in such programs. Most of the students who will earn medical degrees at the UI this year (136 of 145) participated in the NRMP. An additional seven students secured residencies through specialty matching programs or the armed forces, and two opted to defer residency training to pursue research fellowships.

"We also are very pleased with the quality of the programs where our students matched. The quality of those programs appears to rise each year," said Marian Schwabbauer, Ph.D., professor and assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI Carver College of Medicine. "In addition, almost all of the medical specialties are represented in the residency placements of our students. This indicates that our curriculum effectively prepares our students for a broad range of practice options."

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