The University of Nevada's medical students continued their tradition of placing in some of the nation's most competitive residency programs today when the Class of 2013 learned the results of the National Resident Matching Program.
The 59 students matched with residency institutions across the nation and will enter specialties ranging from anesthesiology to otolaryngology. Thirteen graduates, or 22 percent, will stay in the state to enter into residency programs offered through the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Of note, 25 graduates, or 42 percent, will enter primary care specialties including internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine. Nationwide, and in especially in Nevada, there is a shortage of primary care physicians.
Residency training location is a strong indication of where physicians will likely set up their practice following completion of residency and has strong implications for the future availability of health care professionals in a given area.
Students matching with some of the most competitive residency training programs include placements with Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Washington, Children's Hospital of Oakland, Calif., Vanderbilt University and the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.
The National Resident Matching Program is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides an impartial venue for matching applicants' and programs' preferences for each other by reviewing their individualized rank order lists. Each year, approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school students participate in the residency match. Due to the uniform date for decisions about residency selection for both applicants and programs, the National Resident Matching Program eliminates the pressure that might otherwise fall upon applicants and programs to make decisions before all of their options are known.