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On the third Thursday of March each year, fourth-year medical students across the nation find out where the next phase of their training—known as residency—will take place. This “Match Day” celebration is always a time of great anticipation and excitement for our medical students, and last week’s event here at Iowa was no exception.

This event marks a very important milestone in our medical students’ educational careers, and we hope that the knowledge and training they received here at the University of Iowa will open up countless opportunities for their futures.

I am pleased to report that 27 of the 2010 UI Carver College of Medicine graduates will become resident physicians at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and an additional 13 graduates will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training. Among this year’s graduating class of 132 students, 60 chose primary care specialties. The two top non-primary care specialties were Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry.

We know all of our students will have a bright future, and we are especially delighted many have chosen to stay here with UI Health Care and in Iowa. We wish them all the best as they launch this important next phase of their careers. Please join me in congratulating them on their success.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Match Day results

On Match Day last Thursday, fourth-year students in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine learned where they will begin their medical residency training following graduation in May.

Among this year’s graduating class of 132 students, 46 percent (60 students) chose primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. There were 20 matches in family medicine programs, 17 in internal medicine, 12 in pediatrics, and nine in obstetrics and gynecology. There also were two matches in combined programs: one in family medicine-psychiatry and one in medicine-pediatrics.

Among this year’s graduates, 40 will remain in Iowa for their first year of postgraduate training, and 27 of these 40 students will train next year at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Geographically, the most popular state after Iowa for first-year training was Wisconsin, where 17 graduating students will begin their residencies. Ten graduates will head for California, while seven will go to Minnesota.

This year’s match results, including individual results by name, state, and specialty, are available online at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/osac/MatchResults.html.

Most of the students who will earn medical degrees at the UI this year (128 of 132 students) participated in the National Residency Matching Program. Two students secured residencies through the armed forces, and two students opted to defer residency training. Nationally, more than 16,000 U.S. medical school seniors participated in Match Day, with 93.3 percent of them matching to first-year residencies.

KL2 applications being accepted

The UI Clinical and Translational Science Program is accepting applications from assistant professors, fellows, and residents for KL2 Career Development Awards. These awards provide support to trainees whose research will ultimately be related to human subjects. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2010. More information and the application form are available at http://www.icts.uiowa.edu/KL2/.

Epic status reports

The UI Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) Epic team is working with faculty and staff members to identify opportunities for improvement in the Epic clinical information system. Improvements that are currently under way and those being planned are listed in weekly reports available on The Point. The reports cover Notes, Orders, Prescriptions, Upgrades, and other areas of interest.

The HIPAA Song

Having trouble remembering the key points of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? Check out The HIPAA Song, created and sung by UI Hospitals and Clinics Volunteers at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wRDorQ73Ng

Volunteer Director Jean Reed reports, “The two young men performing the song told me our confidentiality presentation was too dry and ‘auditioned’ this song in my office. Now they perform the song at every student orientation. Adam Schwertner (with the guitar) was just accepted into the Carver College of Medicine and Greg Bligard into the Medical Scientist Training Program. The video has had more than 4,000 viewers—one of the MOST popular HIPAA songs on YouTube!”

Open house at Hardin Library

The John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, will host an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, featuring “The Essentials—A Hands-on Look at Key Works in the History of Medicine from Seven Centuries.” All are invited to examine close up some of the most important “gems” in the collection.

Doctors Day March 30

To recognize the dedication and commitment of resident, fellow, and faculty physicians, UI Health Care is sponsoring a special luncheon Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Atrium Conference Center, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All clinical physicians are invited.

Webcam features construction site

UI Health Care staff can check out the progress of the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building via a webcam.

The 200,000 sq. ft. building, located adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility and the Carver Biomedical Research Building, will provide state-of-the-art research space and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

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