Fifty-six medical students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria joined thousands across the country on Friday, March 16 as they learned where they “matched” to continue their path in medicine.

UICOMP students matched to 19 specialties across 23 states and the District of Columbia. Of those, 24 are headed into primary care and more than a quarter of the class will remain in Illinois with seven matching to residency programs in Peoria.

The top three areas of medicine students chose to pursue this year were surgical fields (11), Internal Medicine (10) and Pediatrics (7). Students learned of their matching program at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gateway Building in downtown Peoria.

In Peoria, all 70-plus residency positions were filled. UICOMP has more than 270 residents enrolled in 11 residency programs affiliated with UnityPoint Health – Methodist, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

UICOMP educates 235 medical students and nearly 300 resident and fellowship physicians in 20 graduate medical training programs with its hospital affiliates. UICOMP is home to the Cancer Research Center, the Center for Outcomes Research, and a partner in Jump Simulation.

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