I've noticed in my 2 interviews so far that programs seem very interested in trying to figure out where we will rank them on our rank lists. Why is that? The NRMP tell us that our best strategy is to rank programs in our preferential order, without consideration of where the programs will list us. So my question is: Does NRMP tell residency programs the same thing? If so, then they shouldn't care where we rank them. I guess the only logical assumption is that there is an advantage for the programs to list less desired applicants higher if those applicants also list the program higher. But if there's one thing I've learned in my four years of medical education its that (my) logic rarely applies. Any game theory experts out there who can shed light on this matter? I've also noticed that the NRMP description of the algorithm is conspicuously vague in stating that a true preference order list is the "best" strategy, but they fall short of saying it is the "only" strategy. Oy vey, and I thought Bayes Theorem was hard! I know it probably won't make much a difference and I will probably just submit my list without proving to myself that I have chosen the best strategy, but it does bother me when programs try to tease out my rank lists when I have only barely begun interviewing.