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Match Day: 170-Plus New Physicians to Train in Austin

March 17, 2023

A small group of women gather for a joyous embrace, celebrating Match Day results.

Joining medical students across the country, graduates from Dell Med’s Class of 2023 learned where they will attend residency training — a milestone in their medical careers.

Match Day at a Glance

Dell Med students matched
New doctors coming to Austin

Four years of college. Four years of medical school. Countless hours studying, volunteering, shadowing, researching and treating patients — all of it leads to Match Day, the day medical students learn where they will continue their training as resident and fellow physicians. 

From Medical Student to Resident Physician

Today’s “match” marks the transition from medical student to resident physician for 43 Dell Med students. Residency programs allow physician trainees to hone their skills in specific medical specialties such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, neurology and more

Among the matched are 11 graduating students who will continue their training in Austin, contributing to the more than 730,000 hours of care provided by Dell Med trainees each year. 

The physician leaders who graduate from Dell Med are prepared to take on systemic challenges in health even as they provide excellent care for individual patients. The same will be true of graduates of our residency and fellowship programs.

Dean Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D.

Caring for Texans, Caring for Austin

Addressing Texas’ Physician Shortage

Data shows that residents tend to stay and practice where they train. Of Dell Med’s Class of 2023, 45% matched with residency programs in Texas, with 25% matching at Dell Med.

Creating Leaders in Critical Specialties

The Next Generation of Primary Care

Seventeen students from the Dell Med Class of 2023 are entering into primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics.

Welcoming New Residents & Fellows

A record 171 incoming physicians will continue their training in residency and fellowship programs hosted by Dell Med and Ascension Seton. Among these physicians are the 11 graduating Dell Med students that matched to Dell Med residencies. 

Five women stand in front of a Dell Med backdrop holding Match day signs that indicate their respective residency program.

Class of 2023 graduates who matched to Dell Med residencies.

“The continued growth of our residency and fellowship programs is critically important to us. Our trainees shape the future of medicine even as they provide Central Texans care that’s crucial amid physician shortages,” says Jonathan MacClements, M.D., associate dean of graduate medical education.

The number of Dell Med graduate medical education programs has more than tripled since 2015, with new programs addressing gaps in Austin’s health care landscape. Among these new programs are ophthalmology, neurology, gastroenterology and addiction psychiatry. 

Improving Access to Care Through Graduate Medical Education

Residency & Fellowship Program Growth

Graduate medical education at Dell Med has grown from 15 to 47 programs since 2015, making room for the 430-plus residents and fellows who will train at Dell Med starting this summer. By 2026, Dell Med expects to be home to 466 residents and fellows.

Match Day, Explained

Yes. Resident and fellow physicians have received their M.D. or D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine). Residencies and fellowships provide training within a specific specialty or subspecialty.

In their fourth year of medical school, students apply to and interview with residency programs. After interviews conclude, students rank their top three programs. At the same time, programs rank interviewees. If both a program and student rank each other — it’s a match! Learn more about the process from the National Residency Matching Program.

A medical degree. An undergraduate medical education learner is a medical student yet to receive their medical degree. A graduate medical education trainee is a physician with an M.D. or D.O. who is continuing their training to become an attending physician.

Residents have completed medical school and are continuing their medical training in a specialty program, like emergency medicine or psychiatry. Fellows have completed their residencies and are pursuing further training in a subspecialty, like pediatric emergency medicine or addiction psychiatry.