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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2005

UI Medical Students Learn Their Futures On 'Match Day'

Fourth-year students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine today reached an important milestone in their academic careers with the arrival of "Match Day," the annual event where medical students nationwide learn where they will begin their specialty training following graduation.

Among this year's graduating class of 151 students, 45 percent (68 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. There were 17 matches in family medicine programs, 28 in internal medicine, 20 in pediatrics and three in obstetrics and gynecology.

Forty-one of the Carver College of Medicine's graduating medical students will remain in Iowa for their first-year of postgraduate training, and three more students will return to Iowa to complete their residency training after a first-year preliminary program elsewhere. Of the 41 students staying in Iowa after graduation, 29 will begin residencies at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and four more students will return to the UI after completing a preliminary program elsewhere.

Geographically, the most popular states after Iowa for first-year training were California, where 10 graduating students will begin their residencies. Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri each will claim nine graduates from the UI, followed by Wisconsin with eight.

This year's match results, including individual results by name, state and specialty, will be available online at

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 (145 of 151) participated in the NRMP. Five students secured residencies through specialty matching programs or the armed forces, and one student opted to defer residency training.

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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,