Students in the UW School of Medicine joined more than 15,000 other medical students around the country in participating in the National Resident Matching Program on March 24. The program pairs them with medical residency programs throughout the nation. Of the 167 graduating students at the UW medical school, 157 of them participated in Match Day; another 10 students who had previously graduated from the UW entered the matching program this year. Ninety-seven percent of the UW students matched with programs initially, and the remaining students secured positions in the post-match scramble.
There were 30 UW students who matched with UW-affiliated hospitals, and several more will complete family medicine residencies within UW programs at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Swedish Hospital, and Providence-St. Peters in Olympia. Another 18 UW students matched with either one-year or categorical programs within the WWAMI region.
Out of the UW graduating class, 48 percent went into primary care specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics. The number of students matching in obstetrics and gynecology, 18, increased from 9 in each of the past two years. Family medicine also saw an increase, with 24 students matching this year, up from 18 in 2007. About 14 percent of UW graduates matched into family medicine residencies, compared with only about 7.6 percent nationwide.