on the thread 'what would you change about the medical school application' there were some interesting ideas so far. Along the lines of replacing AMCAS, how about taking a tip from the residency applications and creating the Match for med school too?! This is something I thought about when praying4md explained the Texas match system to me. Here's my adaptation to the full AMCAS schools so far: after all your interviews are done (for at least the bulk of the applicants) schools rank students by tiers, each the size of their incoming class, and students rank the schools they interviewed at in order of preference. An algorithm would then create optimal 1-to-1 matches for both parties. There are of course its shortcomings like financial aid could not be waited for, and time: either some people would interview after the match day (if in Feb or March) or every school would have to be done interviewing (May). Either way, all the summer waitlist chaos would be greatly reduced. How could we make this work? Let's get brainstorming. Deadline: AMCAS 2003!