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Release: March 21, 2002
UI medical students receive their medical residencies on "Match Day"
Fourth-year students in the Roy
J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa today
learned where they will begin their residencies – specialty training
programs that follow graduation from medical school – as part of "Match
Day," an annual event held at medical colleges around the country.
Of this year's graduating class
of 165 students, 79 chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine,
internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Within primary
care specialties, 28 students matched in family medicine programs, 26 in internal
medicine, 15 in pediatrics, and 10 in obstetrics and gynecology.
The top non-primary care specialties
were anesthesia (13 students), radiology (nine students), neurology (eight
students) and psychiatry (eight students).
"Although there seems to be
a national trend away from the primary care specialties, the percentage of
our students selecting primary care remains strong," said Marian Schwabbauer,
Ph.D., professor and assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum in
the Carver College of Medicine. "We also are very pleased with the quality
of the programs where our students matched this year."
The National Residency Matching
Program (NRMP) helps place graduating medical students in such programs. Most
of the students who will earn an M.D. degree at the UI this year participated
in the NRMP. The rest secured residencies through specialty matching programs
or through the armed forces, or opted to pursue post-doctoral research.
Sixty-two of the students, or 38
percent, will stay in Iowa for their medical residencies; last year, 30 percent
of the graduating students matched with residency programs in Iowa. Of the
62 students staying in Iowa, 40 will begin residencies at UI Hospitals and
Clinics. Geographically, the most popular states following Iowa were Missouri
(11 students), Illinois (10 students) and Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin
(eight students each).
"While a large number of our
graduating students enter primary care specialties, nearly all of the medical
specialties are represented in terms of residency placements among our students,"
Schwabbauer said. "Also, the fact that a significantly higher percentage
of students is staying in Iowa for their specialty training this year bodes
well for the future health care of Iowans, in both primary care and other