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March 18, 2010

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 132 students, 46 percent (60 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. There were 20 matches in family medicine programs, 17 in internal medicine, 12 in pediatrics and nine in obstetrics and gynecology. There also were two matches in combined programs: one in family medicine-psychiatry and one in medicine-pediatrics.

The two top non-primary care specialties were emergency medicine with nine matches and psychiatry with eight matches.

Among this year's graduates, 40 will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training, and 27 of these 40 students will train next year at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Geographically, the most popular state after Iowa for first-year training was Wisconsin, where 17 graduating students will begin their residencies. Ten graduates will head for California, while seven will go to Minnesota.

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 (128 of the 132 students) participated in the NRMP. Two students secured residencies through the armed forces, and two students opted to defer residency training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124,