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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 medical specialties."