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Match Day to benefit Minnesota

Kara Roberts (left) called loved ones with the news that she had matched in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. “I’m relieved,” she said. “I haven’t eaten or slept in two days.” Looking on, Jennifer Vesely, who ma

Anxious students from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Class of 2010 gathered at the McNamara Alumni Center on March 18 for this year’s Match Day ceremony. Surrounded by family, friends, and Medical School staff and faculty, the students learned where they would complete their residency training.

“I want to thank medical students for keeping us employed,” Gary Davis, Ph.D., senior associate dean of the Medical School-Duluth Campus, told the fourth-year medical students. “In times of change learners inherit the earth,” he said, quoting Eric Hoffer. “I hope we’ve helped you become learners. I hope it will help you in your residency, and you’ll be learners for life.”

Of the 201 University of Minnesota medical students who were matched with residencies, more than half will stay in Minnesota. Fifteen students matched in psychiatry—double the usual number. Also, for the second year in a row, nearly 47 percent matched in primary-care residencies—up from about 44 percent in 2008.

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