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Doing us proud

Cesar Ercole, M.D., matched in urology at the Unviersity of South Florida College of Medicine-Tampa. 'It's kind of genetic,' he says of his specialty choice. Ercole's father and two uncles practice urology, and an older sister is currently in a urology residency program.

Emotions run high at Match Day ceremony

Emotions—from anxiety to joy to relief—ran high at this year’s Match Day ceremony. The 202 students from the Medical School’s Class of 2008 who matched learned on March 20 where they’d spend the next several years of their medical training.

“On behalf of all of us in the Medical School, we’re really excited for you,” Medical School Dean Deborah Powell, M.D., told the students at the McNamara Alumni Center. “You are going to do us proud…. [When you’re through], come home … come back here to practice.”

By the numbers

Here are some statistics on this year’s graduates:

  • 52 percent of students who matched this year will complete their residencies outside of Minnesota
  • 44.1 percent matched in primary care residencies; primary care specialties also made up the three most popular specialties this year
  • 18.7 percent of students chose internal medicine residencies
  • 14.4 percent chose family medicine residencies
  • 8.1 percent chose pediatrics residencies
  • 2.9 percent chose medicine/pediatrics residencies
  • internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics were the most popular specialties
  • 46 percent of students who began their medical education on the Duluth campus matched to family medicine residency programs, a rate 6 times the national average
  • 7 of the class’s 209 students deferred residency

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