So, what do the results of this poll tell us? It looks like about half of applicants get their top choice, the other half it is a bit of a struggle. Perhaps we can get one of those losers who love to debate the USNews ranking to determine whether the people who got their top choice were from "better" med schools.
What I think it means: Pathology can be a tough field to match in if you are aiming for a topflight program, but for top candidates, the ball is mostly in your court (to use a pathetic sports cliche). Pathology does also seem to me to be somewhat self-selective. Programs and applicants that are the best fit somehow seem to find each other. It also suggests, for those applying in the future, that you need to think long and hard about what program you put #1, because you might actually have to go and train there! And conversely, to think about your programs below #1, because you might have to go there too!
This also assumes that people who vote on this poll are telling the truth, which I think is a big "if." And it assumes that the people voting on this poll are 2004 pathology match applicants, not Pediatrics folks or Ophtho folks who misfired on the pulldown menu and picked pathology by mistake, saw the poll, ignored the title, and voted anyway.
Or silly premed people who think messing up other peoples' surveys is, like, the freaking funniest thing ever and wicked pissah.
Or former path matchers who, for nostalgia reasons, similar to those still fighting the civil war, decided to vote on the poll even though they didn't match this year.