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Match Day 2019

Excited Student
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

And they’re matched!

Another Match Day tradition for the UI Carver College of Medicine is in the record books. Here’s how they matched.


information graphic with student match stats

US Map

View an interactive map to see where the college’s 2019 MD graduates will be trained.

Match Day highlights

Workings behind “the Match”

woman at map

Most of the students who will earn medical degrees at the UI this year (136 of 143 students) obtained their match through the National Residency Matching Program(NRMP), a private, non-profit organization that matches the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. Four students secured their residency outside of the NRMP, and three students have deferred residency training.

The “match” happens when the nation’s residency programs make their ranked choices of medical students and the nation’s fourth-year medical students make their ranked choices of residency programs. All those choices confidentially go to the National Residency Matching Program where computers make sense of it all. In complete secrecy, the matches are distributed a few days ahead of Match Day to the nation’s medical schools and revealed to everyone at one time. This year it was 11 a.m. CDT Friday, March 15.


Amy Hanson portraitAmy Hanson: pediatrics

“I had the opportunity to work with physicians and surgeons at Meenakshi Mission Hospital in Madurai, India, and I realized that medicine was where I was meant to be and what I was supposed to be doing with my life.”

Amy has matched at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind.

Claire and Clay portraitClaire Hannah and ClayWalker: a coordinated match for two

“We benefited from the extra elective time afforded by the curriculum, which allowed us to explore our interests in dermatology and other specialties.”

Claire has matched at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Clay has matched there, too.

Rob Humble portraitRobert Humble: pathology

“I knew I wanted a career that allowed me to make a meaningful impact, and this shadowing experience helped me decide medicine was the best way for me to have that desired impact on others.”

Rob has matched at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.


couple under match sign

Match Day on social media

If you missed the live event, go to the Carver College of Medicine Facebook page for additional photos and videos.