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March 19, 2009

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 143 students, 47 percent (67 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. There were 17 matches in family medicine programs, 19 in internal medicine, 19 in pediatrics, and nine in obstetrics and gynecology. There also were three matches in combined programs: medicine-pediatrics, medicine-dermatology and medicine-primary care.

The two top nonprimary care specialties were emergency medicine (11 matches) and anesthesiology (10 matches).

Thirty-four of the Carver College of Medicine's 2009 graduates will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training. Of the 34 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 13 graduating students will begin their residencies. Missouri will claim eight Carver College of Medicine graduates, followed by Ohio and Texas, with seven each.

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 (138 of the 143 students) participated in the NRMP. Three students secured residencies through the armed forces, and two students opted to defer residency training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917,