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Can anyone help me out with how the match works? I know that you apply, then go on an interview, then rank the school and the school ranks you...but then what? I ask because my long time girlfriend is 2nd year med, i'm 2nd year pharm and we want to match in the same city. Doesn't necessarily have to be in the same hospital, but same city would be nice. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
 

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Can anyone help me out with how the match works? I know that you apply, then go on an interview, then rank the school and the school ranks you...but then what? I ask because my long time girlfriend is 2nd year med, i'm 2nd year pharm and we want to match in the same city. Doesn't necessarily have to be in the same hospital, but same city would be nice. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

You apply, then you interview at the hospitals that want you, then you rank the hospital that you like the best. You rank everything by the first week of march and results come back mid march. The hospital ranks all the candidates that they want to interview. If you rank each other, then you are "matched" and you go work for them for a year. The ranking system is geared towards the residents applicant favor.

Description of the Matching Process
The matching process uses the preferences stated on the Rank Order Lists submitted by applicants and programs to place individuals into positions.

The process starts with an attempt to place an applicant into the program that is most preferred on the applicant's list. If the applicant cannot be matched to this first choice program, an attempt is then made to place the applicant into the second choice program, and so on, until the applicant obtains a tentative match, or all the applicant's choices have been exhausted.

An applicant can be tentatively matched to a program in this process if the program also ranks the applicant on its Rank Order List, and either:

the program has an unfilled position. In this case there is room in the program to make a tentative match between the applicant and program.


the program does not have an unfilled position, but the applicant is more preferred by the program to another applicant who is currently tentatively matched to the program. In this case the applicant who is the least preferred current match in the program is removed from the program to make room for a tentative match with the more preferred applicant.
Matches are referred to as tentative because an applicant who is matched to a program at one point in this process may later be removed from the program, to make room for an applicant more preferred by the program, as described in the second case above. When an applicant is removed from a previous tentative match, an attempt is then made to re-match this applicant, starting from the top of this applicant's list.

This process is carried out for all applicants, until each applicant has either been tentatively matched to the most preferred choice possible, or all choices submitted by the applicant have been exhausted. When all applicants have been considered, the matching process is complete and tentative matches become final.

In summary, each applicant's Rank Order List is traversed "downwards", from most preferred program to least preferred, until the first program is reached at which the applicant can be tentatively matched, or until the applicant's list of choices is exhausted. Each program accepts applicants "upwards" on its Rank Order List, continually removing less preferred matches in favor of more preferred applicants, until the program is matched to the most preferred applicants who wish to be matched to the program.

An example of how the matching algorithm works and a discussion of common misunderstandings about the matching process are provided in other sections of this web site.

Here is the website: http://www.natmatch.com/ashprmp/reglink.htm
 
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