UAB medical students exceed national average on Match Day

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The UAB School of Medicine says its graduating class of 2010 has exceeded the national average for matching to their top residency training choices.

Match Day is when graduating seniors at U.S. medical schools learn where they will conduct their residency training and in which field. Match Day, coordinated by the National Resident Matching Program, involves approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school seniors and another 15,000 graduates of osteopathic or foreign medical schools.

The increased class size of 162 in the 2010 graduating class faced stiff competition in a market of residency positions that has not grown as quickly.

"Ninety eight percent of our graduates matched to a program of their choice on the first round of the match, higher than the national average of 95 percent, and all had been successfully matched by the end of the proceedings," said UAB's Laura Kezar, M.D., associate dean for students. "And we're very pleased that 52 percent of our graduates matched in one of the primary care fields, our highest percentage in years."

After graduation, medical students will spend three years in a residency position and receive advanced training in their specialty of choice.