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Disadvantages of Couples Match

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by cgd, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. cgd

    cgd New Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Hey all,

    Does anyone know the disadvantages of couples match for residency programs?
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  3. mcwmark

    mcwmark Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2001
    Well, it's complicated, but basically one part of the couple may have to "settle" for a lower ranked program just so that the couple is in the same geographical location. However, the reverse (if one is exceptionally qualified, can bring the other one "up") can happen..or so I've heard.

    You'd probably be better off asking the Dean or someone who's seen matches over the years to get the real story...
  4. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    I don't not think the "weaker" of the two applicants can be pulled "up" for a program by the way it is set up. The only way it can work is the other way around as the couples match is only a slight variation of the regular algorithm.
  5. sandflea

    sandflea Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2001
    actually what i've heard is that a weaker applicant is more likely to be pulled up than a stronger applicant being pulled down. i guess if a hospital wants an especially qualified candidate badly enough, they'll do what they can to accommodate him/her.

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