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couples matching & scramble

Discussion in 'ERAS, SOAP, and NRMP Match' started by Ga5man, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. Ga5man

    Ga5man 5+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Dear friends,

    i was wondering when you are in a couples match, and one doesnt match, will the unmatched person know where the other has matched? (atleast geographical area if not the exact program). i was wondering if they donot divulge this detail, how does the unmatched person of the pair scramble? greatly appreciate input on this.
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  3. futureob

    futureob New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  4. slim shanie

    slim shanie 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    North Carolina
    Well I'm not couples matching but the only way I can see that happening is if one of your rank choices has one of you matching somewhere and the other person not matching at all. Most of my friends who are couples matching didn't even make this an option, choosing instead to match in different places if necessary so they both had a position and both people didn't need to scramble.

    As far as an early match person and an NRMP match person couples matching, the early match people find out where they're going before the rank lists are due for the NRMP match.
  5. futureob

    futureob New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  6. Ga5man

    Ga5man 5+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    hmm...the problem stems from the fact that if ranks 15-20 are one person matching only, then its going to be a wild guesswork i presume if they donot tell you. or is that the case at all?
  7. DreamLover

    DreamLover Bored Certified Physician 10+ Year Member

    I find the situation to be quasi similar to ranking a prelim/TY plus an advance program and not matching at one (especially the advanced program) Then you are stuck scrambling for a position without knowing where you actually matched for the advcanced position or vice versa...all around it's just a big pain in the butt

    Granted, couples matching is a whole new level of stress that I am thankful I am not having to endure. Good Luck!
  8. VanDude

    VanDude New Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    I am in the same boat. I was wondering what would happen if I match into an Advanced position, but have to scramble for a prelim.

    I called NRMP a few days ago and they told me that I can call and ask the city where I have matched my Advanced program to, so that I can scramble for prelim.

    I assume that the OP's question would be no different and that NRMP would probably give you the pertinent info to scramble better. Afterall, there is some degree of common sense in everybody. My 2 cents.
  9. DreamLover

    DreamLover Bored Certified Physician 10+ Year Member

    If this is true then my neurotic fears of prelim scrambling can be put to rest...

    I really thought I'd go for a categorical program but when it came down to it I liked the advance programs in several cities and to top it all off, I didn't accept what I think is an adeqaute amount of prelim/TY interviews to ensure a spot...20/20 hindsight

    I hope the prelim/TY spots I went to really really liked me......a lot
  10. phil the thrill

    phil the thrill Veteran 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    also your med school gets this info on the 12th, so you could just ask them
  11. Dr.McNinja

    Dr.McNinja Nobel War Prize Winner Moderator Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Only if you don't match prelim but do match categorical. Otherwise the NRMP would have problems with schools telling everyone on the 12th instead of waiting.

    AFAIK, nobody has called and asked the NRMP about the couple's match scenario. I didn't rank any that way, so the point is moot to me, but if you really want to know, you should probably ask them. I can't imagine it would be any different than the prelim/advanced issue.
  12. futureob

    futureob New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  13. Doc Ivy

    Doc Ivy Miss Understood 7+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2003
    I would imagine that for a lot of programs (especially one's in small towns) telling you what city you matched to is tantamount to giving you your match results.
  14. randomedstudent

    randomedstudent Member 7+ Year Member

    May 4, 2006
    I asked our match coordinator person this exact question a couple months ago re. couples match and one person going unmatched. I was told that, yes, if one person doesn't match your school has the ability to tell you where your partner matched so that you can scramble. I hope I got correct info.....
  15. tiredmom

    tiredmom Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    Our dean told us yesterday that if you are couples matching and one doesn't match - the deans office will tell you the city where the person who matched will be... on Monday.
    Good luck:luck:
  16. us-aussie

    us-aussie 2+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    I am couples matching and met a resident on the trail. This scenario happened to her. She couples matched with someone who needed to match in a prelim and advanced program. He did not match into a prelim. Thus on Moday he called NRMP found out they both matched in X city for their advanced. SHe thought this was great since she basically found out where she would be 3 days before most/.

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