Rockford medical students graduate into residency programs

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Medical students from Rockford’s University of Illinois College of Medicine found out where they will be spending the next three to seven years of their medical training on Friday.

Fifty-three students from the Class of 2018 were matched into residency programs in 13 specialties across 17 different states.

Fifty-three percent of Rockford students will be heading into primary care specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Sixteen graduates will stay in Illinois, with a total of 68% continuing their training in the Midwest.

The National Resident Matching Program is a non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions.

Through this program, medical students from all medical schools across the country heard their match results at the same time, which, for Rockford students, was 11:15 a.m. Friday morning.

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