Match Day Includes 20 Students in Rural Medicine Program
Madison, Wisconsin - The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health class of 2013 learned where they will spend the next several years of medical training at Match Day, held March 15.
About 45 percent of 165 students in the MD Program matched into residencies in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine/pediatrics.
Twenty students in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), which trains students in rural areas of the state, were among the students who learned their residency locations. Seventy percent are entering primary care and 50 percent will stay in Wisconsin.
This was the highest number of WARM students since the first graduating class in 2011. Last year, 11 Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine participants were matched. Currently, there are 25 WARM students in the first- and second-year classes.
Last month, Gov. Scott Walker proposed that $3 million be included in the state budget to expand both the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine and its inner-city counterpart, the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program.
The School of Medicine and Public Health class of 2013 placed a slightly higher percentage of graduates into primary care residencies than the nation as a whole.
“The past three years have been consistent with around 45 percent in primary care,” said Christopher Stillwell, director of student services. “As many other medical schools have struggled to maintain their primary-care numbers, UW has actually increased its percentage since 2010.”
Nationally, about 40 percent of this year’s U.S. medical school graduates matched into a primary-care residency. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the U.S. will need 52,000 more primary care physicians by 2025 to keep up with population growth and an increase in patients who were previously uninsured.
Thirty-seven UW School of Medicine and Public Health students (22.4 percent) matched into primary care programs in Wisconsin. Nearly 38 percent of the class will serve residencies in Wisconsin, and 22 percent matched into UW-affiliated programs.
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Also participating in the match were 11 students who have completed the MD/PhD program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and is designed to create the next generation of physician scientists.
“As a state institution, the School of Medicine and Public Health is fully committed to addressing Wisconsin’s needs,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health. “This includes the full spectrum of clinical care providers, with a special emphasis on underserved areas, as well as the next generation of academic leaders.”
During Match Day, students came to a microphone individually and announced the location of their residencies. Push pins on a U.S. map indicated all residency assignments. Soon-to-be doctors learned their residency sites based on a computer-matching program linking student preferences with available options.
The map below shows the residency locations for the class of 2013 at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. In cities where more than one student matched, you can scroll through the different specialties after clicking on the pin.
View UWSMPH 2013 Match Day Results in a full screen map
Date Published: 03/18/2013