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March 16, 2012

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 140 students, 49 percent (69 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. There were 14 matches in family medicine programs, 24 in internal medicine, 11 in obstetrics and gynecology, and 20 in pediatrics. There also was one match in the combined program of internal medicine -- psychiatry.

The top three nonprimary care specialties were emergency medicine with 14 matches, anesthesia with 11, and orthopedics with 10.

Among this year's graduates, 44 will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training, and 32 of these 44 students will train next year at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Geographically, the most popular state after Iowa for first-year training was Texas, with 10 graduating students beginning their residencies there. Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin will each receive eight UI graduates.

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 (135 of the 140 students) participated in the NRMP. Two students secured residencies through the armed forces, and three 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,