Aspiring Physicians Celebrate Match Day, Residency Results

Friday, March 19, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Friday, March 19, 117 medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) learned where they will first practice the science and art of medicine as they begin the next phase of their professional journey. 
“We are extremely proud of our Class of 2021,” says Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson. “Their collective achievements are the result of their hard work and embody the COM-T stated tripartite mission.”  
Class of 2021 students applied to residency programs locally, regionally and nationally. They matched at prestigious institutions including but not limited to Yale, John Hopkins, Stanford University, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan.  
Nearly 50 percent of the class will go into primary care—helping address the dire need for more primary care physicians throughout the state and nation.  

“The Class of 2021 has shown amazing resilience and dedication to their education and patient care during a year when both were significantly disrupted by COVID-19,” said Kevin Moynahan, MD, UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson vice dean of education.  “I believe this experience has enhanced their understanding of our health care system and has increased their preparedness for continued specialty training in residency as we continue to recover from the current pandemic and prepare an improved response for the next one.”
Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Match Day ceremony was virtual. Medical students held smaller, private celebrations with their friends and loved ones to celebrate their Match results and then joined their classmates on ZOOM to announce their locations. 

The following are some highlights from this year’s match results: 

Forty-six graduates will complete their residencies in Arizona. 

  • 31 in Tucson (13 primary care) 
  • 10 in Phoenix (6 primary care) 
  • 4 in Scottsdale (2 primary care) 
  • 1 in Goodyear 

Thirty graduates matched with UA College of Medicine – Tucson residency programs. 

  • 28 will train at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson through the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Graduate Medical Education Program. 
  • 2 will train at Banner – University Medical Center South through the UA College of Medicine – Tucson South Campus. 

Fifty-six graduates matched into residencies in primary care fields (defined as family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology) 

  • 23 in internal medicine
  • 11 in family medicine 
  • 11 in pediatrics 
  • 3 in obstetrics and gynecology 
  • 2 in emergency medicine-pediatrics (a five-year combined emergency medicine and pediatrics residency) 
  • 1 in internal medicine-pediatrics (a four-year combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency) 

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