Primary Care Matches Remain Strong for Medical Graduates

Match Day Participants

Match Day participants decked out in St. Patrick's Day green for good luck.

Among this year's class of 147 graduates from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine participating in "Match Day," nearly half (67 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.

At the annual "Match Day" event, which took place March 17, medical students nationwide learned where they will begin their medical residency training following graduation.

Among the primary care specialties 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 two nonprimary care specialties were emergency medicine with 11 matches and radiology with nine matches.

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.

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.