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Release: March 23, 2001
UI medical students make their residency matches
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With the start of spring, University of Iowa College
of Medicine fourth-year students are ready for new beginnings. At the college's
traditional Match Day ceremony March 22, students learned where they "matched"
to medical residencies, which provide new doctors with advanced training in
Some 48 percent of the class of 181 students matched with residency programs
in primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine,
pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Generally, about half of graduating
UI medical students enter primary care specialties.
"As has been the national trend this year, we experienced a decrease
in the number of students choosing primary care residencies compared to other
years," said Peter Densen, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and
curriculum in the UI College of Medicine, and professor of internal medicine.
"However, also similar to the national trend, we had more students choosing
anesthesiology, radiology and emergency medicine."
These three areas were the top non-primary care specialties selected by
this year's UI medical class with 12 students choosing anesthesiology, 11
students matching to diagnostic radiology and nine students opting for emergency
medicine. Other specialties selected included surgery (9 students), psychiatry
(7) and pathology (7).
By specialty within primary care, the UI residency matches were: 33 students
in family medicine; 18 students in internal medicine (including one student
in internal medicine and pediatrics); 26 students in pediatrics; and 9 students
in obstetrics and gynecology.
Most medical students receive their residency matches by participating in
the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), which has processed most U.S.
residency matches since 1952. Of the 181 students in this year's graduating
UI medical class, 170 made their matches through the NRMP. Students who do
not use the program secure their residencies through specialty matching programs
or through the armed forces.
Nearly 63 percent of the 170 UI students securing positions through the
NRMP matched with their first choice of residency programs, similar to the
first-choice rate matches for UI medical classes in 2000 (64 percent) and
1999 (63 percent). In addition, 84 percent of UI students using the NRMP process
matched with one of their top three choices.
"When you look at the places UI medical students are headed, you can
see the students are matching to excellent programs all across the country,"
This year, 54 students, representing 30 percent of the class, will remain
in Iowa for postgraduate training. Some 24 students will complete residencies
at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and 30 students will train in various specialties
at UI-affiliated programs located in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines,
Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo. Some 20 of the 54 UI graduates remaining
in Iowa for residencies will train in family practice.
"Despite the decreasing national trend this year, Iowa family practice
residency programs did well overall. UI graduates continue to select these
programs and stay in the state," Densen said. "In addition, the
UI Hospitals and Clinics did well filling residencies in all areas of practice."
Geographically, the most popular states following Iowa were Wisconsin (14),
Missouri (9), New York (8), Utah (8), California (7), Illinois (7) and North
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