NEWS | March 16, 2012

UC Davis medical students celebrate Match Day

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In a room filled with excitement and joy, 106 graduating students from UC Davis School of Medicine today learned where in the United States they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians.

The medical students, who graduate in June, opened letters at approximately 9 a.m. and celebrated their residency placements with family, friends, medical school leaders and staff during a special ceremony on the UC Davis campus.

Students celebrate their matches © UC Regents
UC Davis School of Medicine celebrate their "matches."

"Match Day is an exciting time for our medical school and all of its students," said Mark Servis, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and senior associate dean for curriculum and competency development at the School of Medicine. "It's an important milestone, the culmination of four years of hard work in which our students developed the skills, knowledge and values to improve the lives of others. Through their strength, confidence and determination, they will discover the next generation of treatments and become future leaders in the field."

Match Day is an annual event that occurs simultaneously at medical schools throughout the nation. Each year, more than 16,000 U.S. medical school students participate in the residency match process. A computer algorithm from the National Resident Matching Program matches the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs at teaching hospitals throughout the country. These students compete for the approximately 26,000 available residency positions in the U.S. along with thousands of independent applicants, including former graduates of U.S. medical schools, osteopathic students and graduates of foreign medical schools. Residency training programs educate medical students in a particular medical specialty, from anesthesiology and internal medicine to dermatology, surgery and obstetrics.

From UC Davis, the majority of students (approximately 71 percent) will remain in California for training, with about 16 percent completing their residencies at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Forty-seven percent of the students chose primary-care residencies, which include family practice, general pediatrics and internal medicine. About 13 percent of the graduating class picked advanced subspecialty programs such as anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology and ophthalmology. Other leading specialty programs included emergency medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery.

Esteban Verduzco, who was raised in Visalia, Calif., was thrilled with his match to the primary care/internal medicine residency program at Yale New Haven Hospital.

"I plan to return to the San Joaquin Valley to practice primary-care medicine and am happy to be training at Yale," said Verduzco. "Yale has a comprehensive primary-care training program that serves a large Puerto Rican population in the community. I look forward to learning everything I can about diseases that internal medicine physicians diagnose and am happy to be placed in a setting where I can use my Spanish-language skills to help patients."

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at