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.
About Residency Programs at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The UA College of Medicine – Tucson offers more than 60 residencies and fellowships through two graduate medical education programs: UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education and UA College of Medicine – Tucson South. All of the UA residencies/fellowships are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which establishes exacting national standards for approval and assessment of graduate medical education programs. The UA programs provide training in environments unique for their diverse patient populations and exceptional faculty-to-resident ratios, and they are crucial in attracting and training doctors who will remain in Arizona.
The UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program oversees 60 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs in all major specialties and subspecialties. More than 600 residents and fellows are trained at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s primary teaching hospital, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, and other major participating institutions in Tucson.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson South has four ACGME-accredited residency programs — emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and ophthalmology — and one fellowship in medical toxicology. Each program has achieved continued accreditation from ACGME. Approximately 80 residents are participating in these programs, which focus on providing health care in rural and underserved areas of Arizona to help reduce the Arizona physician shortage and improve access to health care throughout the state.
About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university’s partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, visit medicine.arizona.edu.
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