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March 20, 2008

UI medical students receive residency assignments on 'Match Day'

Fourth-year students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine today took part in "Match Day," the annual 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 22 matches in family medicine programs, 15 in pediatrics, 14 in internal medicine, two in a combined medicine-pediatrics program, and two in obstetrics and gynecology.

The two top nonprimary care specialties were emergency medicine (13 matches) and anesthesiology (nine matches).

Thirty-six of the Carver College of Medicine's 2008 graduates will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training. Of the 36 students staying in Iowa, 23 will begin residencies at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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

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 the 137 students) participated in the NRMP. Two students secured residencies through the armed forces, and five students opted to defer residency training.

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

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