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University of Iowa News Release


March 17, 2011

Photos: Surrounded by friends and family, fourth-year students in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine learn where they will start their medical residencies at Match Day.

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 147 students, 46 percent (67 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. There were 23 matches in family medicine programs, 11 in internal medicine, 10 in obstetrics and gynecology and 21 in pediatrics. There also were two matches in combined programs: one in family medicine-psychiatry and one in medicine-pediatrics.

The top three nonprimary care specialties were emergency medicine with 11 matches and anesthesia and pathology with seven each.

Among this year's graduates, 45 will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training, and 32 of these 45 students will train next year at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Geographically, the most popular states after Iowa for first-year training were Minnesota and Ohio, each with 10 graduating students beginning their residencies there. Seven graduates will head for Missouri and seven will go to Wisconsin.

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 (141 of the 147 students) participated in the NRMP. Three 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,