Seventy-three students at the University of Utah's School of Medicine learned Friday where they will serve their residencies, joining thousands of students across the country ripping open envelopes in the annual March tradition.
The 21 women and 52 men are headed to 24 states, pursuing 17 specialities, Dean Vivian Lee announced at the morning ceremony. Twenty-six are training in primary care, a number closely watched as the nation copes with a shortage of such doctors a gap expected to grow as the population ages and more Americans are insured under health reform.
Last year, 37 of the U.'s 97 graduating students were matched with residencies in primary care. This year's total class of 74 students down from an entering class of 82 is smaller because the U. shrank its class size by 20 slots in 2010 in the wake of cuts to state and Medicaid funding and declines in cigarette tax revenue.