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Nearly 170 New Doctors Join Austin’s Health Care Workforce Following Match Day 2024 

March 15, 2024

Two pairs of Dell Med students hug each other in celebration after learning where they will attend residency training.

A milestone day in medical education: Graduating medical students across country learned where they will attend residency training.

This morning, thousands of fourth-year medical students across the country opened envelopes to discover their “matches” — the residency programs within hospitals and medical schools where they will spend the next segment of their medical training. Among these students are one of the largest classes of trainees to ever match to Dell Med, along with 100% of Dell Med’s Class of 2024.

“Match Day marks the fruition of dreams and dedication,” says Dean Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D. “It is especially remarkable this year as we celebrate our students who started their medical school journey during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when we were all reminded of how important physicians are to our communities. Today, they are one step further in that journey. 

“We welcome our incoming residents and fellows and congratulate our medical students who have matched to prestigious programs. Their achievements embody our commitment to excellence in health care, and we eagerly look forward to the impact they will have on the future of medicine.” 

Match Day at a Glance

New doctors coming to Austin
Dell Med students matched

Welcoming the Newest Class of Trainees 

In total, 168 incoming physicians will continue their training in residency and fellowship programs sponsored in partnership by Dell Med and Ascension Seton, including 13 graduating Dell Med students who matched to Dell Med residencies. These trainees will join existing residents and fellows in providing essential health care services to patients in and around Austin. 

“I am deeply thankful for our continued partnership with Dell Medical School to provide graduate medical education that results in the compassionate and comprehensive care of Austin’s most vulnerable patients,” says Andy Davis, president and CEO of Ascension Texas. 

Dell Med students stand together for a group portrait holding up signs indicating which residency programs they matched to.

All matched up: 100% of Dell Med’s Class of 2024 matched to residency programs across the country.

The Impact of Graduate Medical Education in Austin 

Beginning July 2024, Dell Med and Ascension Seton will be home to 465 resident and fellow physicians, educating trainees in programs ranging from family medicine and neurology to pediatric emergency medicine and cardiovascular disease. A new addition to Dell Med’s GME programs, the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship, will start its first class of fellows, expanding access to care in this specialty within Austin.

This new cohort of trainees will join current residents and fellows who, in the last academic year, provided more than 575,000 hours of care to patients — many of whom are part of historically underserved communities — at more than 60 hospitals and clinics across Austin and Central Texas.  

This new class of residents and fellows joins our current trainees in the crucial role they play within Austin’s health care landscape. They will provide care to some of our most vulnerable patient populations, aid in the education of our medical students and tackle systemic challenges in health. 

What Starts Here Heals the World: Dell Med Students Move to Residency 

Matching to programs across 18 states, 48 students who learned the art and science of medicine at The University of Texas at Austin will help fill gaps in care, with more than a third of the class moving into primary care training at a time when an estimated 83 million people nationwide live in an area without sufficient access to primary care physicians. 

For the second year in a row, Dell Med’s graduating class achieved the unique accomplishment of a 100% match in the initial match period, forgoing the need for students to participate in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program. The students will pursue residencies at prestigious programs, including Yale, Duke, Dartmouth, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and more.

Providing Access to Essential Care

Addressing the Primary Care Physician Shortage

Eighteen students from the Dell Med Class of 2024 are entering into primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, combined internal medicine and pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics.

Bringing Providers to the Lone Star State

Doctors for Austin. Doctors for Texas.

Data shows that residents tend to stay and practice where they train. Of Dell Med’s Class of 2024, 42% matched with residency programs in Texas, with 27% matching at Dell Med.

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.