I recently matched to a residency program at a larger city in the Midwest. My SO was originally supposed to match this year, but his application lacked research. He is doing a research year instead and will apply this cycle 2020-2021 in internal medicine. He is convinced that he will not be able to match in the same hospital, yet alone the same geographical area. How much of a pull is having a SO that is a current resident at the institution or in the area? Are there others in this community that have done this successfully? Am I naive to think this is a possibility?