IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Fourth-year students in the University of Iowa College of Medicine took part in "Match Day" on Thursday, 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 the 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.