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University of Iowa News Release

March 18, 2004

UI Medical Students Find Their Futures On 'Match Day'

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.

Among this year's graduating class of 131 students, more than half of the students (68) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. There were 21 matches in family medicine programs, 23 in internal medicine, 12 in pediatrics, 10 in obstetrics and gynecology and two in combined internal medicine and pediatrics.

The top non-primary care specialties had eight matches each in anesthesiology and orthopaedic surgery and seven matches each in emergency medicine, pathology and diagnostic radiology.

Just over one-third of the graduating class, or 44 students, will remain in Iowa for their first-year of post-graduate training. Last year, the same number of graduating students matched with residency programs in Iowa. Of the 44 students staying in Iowa this year, 31 will begin residencies at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Geographically, the most popular states for residencies following Iowa were Wisconsin, where 10 students will begin their residencies, and California, Illinois and Minnesota, which each had eight student matches.

This year's match results, including individual results by name, state and specialty, will soon be available online at this UI Carver College of Medicine Web site

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 (121 of 131) participated in the NRMP. An additional nine students secured residencies through specialty matching programs or the armed forces, and one student opted to defer residency training.

"We are excited for our class of 2004 students as they take this next important step in their medical training. It was wonderful to assist the students as they competed for residencies in their chosen fields," said Kimberly Ephgrave, M.D., professor and associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

"Many of our most talented students were committed to remain in Iowa for their training," Ephgrave added.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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