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April 2006 Issue

Reza Rahbari, with his fianceé, reacts to being matched at the University of California, San Francisco East Bay medical center for surgery.
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Medical Students Get 'Matched'

By Jill Hafner
Published April 2006

UC College of Medicine seniors were among 15,000 upcoming physicians nationwide to participate in the March 16 national “Match Day,” an annual event that informs students where they will spend their residency training.

Conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), “The Match” uses a computer algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill available training positions at U.S. teaching hospitals.

Of the 150 College of Medicine seniors, 46 were placed in residency programs locally, including 27 at University Hospital and five at Cincinnati Children ’s Hospital  Medical Center. Twenty-seven other UC seniors were matched within Ohio.

“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s residency match,” says Laura Wexler, MD, associate dean of student affairs and admissions. “ Our students matched in outstanding programs all over the country, including the most competitive programs in dermatology, radiology, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery. The excellence of the matches reflects a strong graduating class and indicates that UC is nationally recognized as an outstanding medical school.”

According to the NRMP, match results indicate career interests among graduates nationally. Internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and otolaryngology were among the most popular and competitive speciality choices. Placement in  “lifestyle” specialities—those considered to have more reasonable work hoursand demands—also increased. The NRMP reported a 100 percentplacement in dermatology and 97 percent in anesthesiology.

Primary-care speciality matches, however, continued to decline overall. Eighty-five percent of family practice openings and 96.5 percent of pediatric positions were filled.

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