# how does the match work

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#### KY2007

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I have the jist of the match but there are still a few questions. What if you rank a program 20th that has you ranked first and you do not match with your first 19 spots but another student has the program you ranked 20th ranked 1st and the program has this guy ranked 2nd. Who would get to go to this program.

#### tjb

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KY2007 said:
I have the jist of the match but there are still a few questions. What if you rank a program 20th that has you ranked first and you do not match with your first 19 spots but another student has the program you ranked 20th ranked 1st and the program has this guy ranked 2nd. Who would get to go to this program.

You would match because the program ranked you higher.

tjb

#### toofache32

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KY2007 said:
I have the jist of the match but there are still a few questions. What if you rank a program 20th that has you ranked first and you do not match with your first 19 spots but another student has the program you ranked 20th ranked 1st and the program has this guy ranked 2nd. Who would get to go to this program.
If you don't match with your first 19, then your choice # 20 becomes your new first choice. If the program ranks you #1 then you get the spot. The formula the match uses works in the applicants favor. Go to http://www.natmatch.com/dentres/index.htm they have a good example of how it works.

#### gryffindor

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KY2007 said:
I have the jist of the match but there are still a few questions. What if you rank a program 20th that has you ranked first and you do not match with your first 19 spots but another student has the program you ranked 20th ranked 1st and the program has this guy ranked 2nd. Who would get to go to this program.

This scenario is the whole "trick" to matching. As long as an OMS program you interviewed with ranks you in their top x number of spots (x = the number of residents they take in the new class) you are guaranteed an acceptance into OMS, given that you include that program ANYWHERE on your rank list.

If you didn't include that proram on your rank list, then you lose out on going there. You may still get into OMS if another program has ranked you high that you have on your list.