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University of Iowa News Release

March 16, 2006

'Match Day' Brings Residency Assignments For UI Medical Students

Fourth-year students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine today participated in the annual "Match Day" event, where medical students nationwide learn where they will begin their medical residency training following graduation.

Among this year's graduating class of 137 students, 40 percent (55 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. There were 16 matches in family medicine programs, 16 in internal medicine, 11 in pediatrics, one in a combined medicine-pediatrics program, and 11 in obstetrics and gynecology.

The two top non-primary care specialties were anesthesiology (15 matches) and emergency medicine (11 matches).

Thirty-two of the Carver College of Medicine's 2006 graduates will remain in Iowa for their first-year of postgraduate training. Of the 32 students staying in Iowa after graduation, 24 will begin residencies at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and three more students will receive advanced residency training at UI Hospitals and Clinics after completing a preliminary program elsewhere.

Geographically, the most popular state after Iowa for first-year residency training was Illinois, where 17 graduating students will begin their residencies. Michigan and Wisconsin each will claim nine UI Carver College of Medicine graduates, followed by California with seven, and Colorado with six, graduates.

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 (130 of 137 students) participated in the NRMP. Three students secured residencies through specialty matching programs or the armed forces, and four students 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

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