University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine fourth-year medical students receive residency assignments

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Megan Phares and Crystal Phares, M.D., '19 celebrate Match Day by placing a pin on the map, indicating where Dr. Phares matched for residency during the Class of 2019 Match Day ceremony, last year.

Megan Phares and Crystal Phares, M.D., '19 celebrate Match Day by placing a pin on the map, indicating where Dr. Phares matched for residency during the Class of 2019 Match Day ceremony, last year. UNR Med photo by Brin Reynolds. 

Fourth-year medical students from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) learned where they will spend their residencies today on Match Day - including in northern Nevada, throughout the state and across the nation.

An honored medical school tradition, an annual rite of passage and one of the most pivotal moments in medical education, Match Day is simultaneously observed by approximately 18,000 medical students around the country to reveal where they will complete their residencies, the next step toward becoming practicing physicians.  

This year, the traditional annual in-person celebration that has been highlight for many students and their families did not take place due to the spread of COVID-19, which has prompted guidelines from the CDC to cancel mass gatherings and events of more than 10 people, to encourage social distancing as a means of preventing the spread of illness. Students received their results virtually, with a personalized video created by the UNR Med team.  

"UNR Med is dedicated to increasing the number of physicians in Nevada by educating more medical students, retaining them as residents and ultimately as practicing physicians," said UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "We're thrilled to find that four students will be staying in northern Nevada and 10 students have matched throughout the state for some portion of their training. The fact that students want to train in Nevada supports our goal of training physicians who recognize the health care needs in our communities and are committed to staying or coming back to Nevada. This is a major component of our community-based and community-engaged curriculum model."  

Residency training location is a strong indication of where physicians will likely set up their medical practices following completion of residency and has major implications for the future availability of health care professionals in a given area. UNR Med has a residency program with 53 residency positions throughout internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine, child and adolescent psychology and sports medicine. This year, 100% UNR Med residency vacancies were filled.  

Approximately 21% of UNR Med students are staying in Nevada for some part of their training, and 23% matched in primary care, which includes family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.  

Access to graduate medical training programs for residencies and fellowships is a competitive process known as "The Match." Medical students begin the application process at the start of the fourth year of medical school. After applications and interviews, both medical students and residency programs create ranked lists of their preferences. Binding contracts are signed in advance to honor the results.  

The National Resident Matching Program is a private, not-for-profit organization, which uses a Nobel Prize-winning, computerized mathematical algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with those of residency program directors in order to produce the best possible outcome for filling training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.  

Match Day results with residency programs and specialties of the Class of 2020 are posted online, at

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Friday March 20, 2020 @ 10:00 AM