UA Medical School Students Make Their Match

On Friday, March 16, 114 medical students in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson learned where they will go to complete the next phase of their medical training.

One-third of the class will remain in Arizona; two will serve the country through military matches; and 26 will continue their medical training here in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson residency programs, serving the community where they first started on the path to becoming medical doctors. The Class of 2018 applied to residency programs throughout the country. Matches included prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Yale New Haven Hospital.

“One of my favorite parts of Match Day is learning which students we will be retaining at one of our UA-Banner residency programs,” said Kevin Moynahan, MD, deputy dean for education at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “It’s wonderful to be able to have our medical school graduates stay and complete their training here in our health-care system.”

Dean Charles Cairns, MD, was pleased to see 38 students staying in the state to train. “I am proud to see that so many of our students are interested in staying in Arizona and the surrounding region,” Dr. Cairns said. “I truly believe that the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is helping address the physician shortage in this state.”

According to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 75 percent of Arizona medical school graduates who pursue a residency in Arizona will stay in the state to practice. With 38 College of Medicine – Tucson students remaining in Arizona to train, that’s good news for a state critically short of physicians.

Following are some of the highlights of this year’s match results:

  • Thirty-eight graduates will complete their residencies in Arizona.
  • 26 in Tucson (13 primary care
  • 8 in Phoenix (6 primary care)
  • 4 in Scottsdale (1 primary care)
  • Sixty-two medical students matched into residencies in primary care fields.
  • 27 in internal medicine
  • 19 in pediatrics
  • 14 in family medicine
  • 1 in medicine-pediatrics (a four-year combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency)
  • 1 in psychiatry-family medicine (a five-year program that integrates family medicine and psychiatry residency training)
  • Twenty-six students matched with UA College of Medicine – Tucson residency programs.
  • 21 will train at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson through the UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program.
  • 5 will train at Banner – University Medical Center South through the UA College of Medicine at South Campus.