So as far as I understand, the Match works well. I don't necessarily buy it. "You don't have to buy it, pal. Just believe me when I tell you that it works." You mean to tell me that it's life in a vacuum? I look at websites, pick the programs, pay my fees... then the interviews come. I spend tons of money to travel all over God's green (well, brown now in most places), and then, on the 3rd magical Thursday in March, my computer tells me all I need to know? There's no "gaming" the system. Pick your ranks for all the right reasons, not to try to influence the stars. How can this be? Life doesn't work that way. There are hints and clues to everything we do. I know there is "sway", but I haven't seen much of this. The interviews I have been on walk very far from the line of ERAS violations. No clues, no show of any of their cards. They might be interested in some of what I have to say, but so is the average colleague who likes to hear your enthusiasm for virtually anything medicine-related. Dating services rarely work. Why would the Residency Match be any different? At this point, I would rather each program run their own "Match", picking the candidates they like best. So, to all of you who have matched (or not matched, for that matter), does the Match work? If so, why?