Its very funny that people think they can evaluate how individual schools did in the match. For those who have not gone through the match process listen closely to why you really have a tough time. - You dont know what good training programs are, especially in specialty fields. Just because its associated with a good name doesnt means its anything special. How many of you would know that the Barrow Neurological institute in Arizona is among the best neurosurg programs>? Who would know that the harvard urology programs arent anything special and the best GU program in Boston is the lahey clinic? Would you know U of Iowa or Miami had one of the best Optho departments in the country? Just because the hospital has a good name doesnt mean jack. Maybe the chairman stepped down, maybe residents are miserable there? Maybe there are huge holes in their training program (limited experience in a certain area) -personal factors: these come into play all the time. for example, many students may couples match and do worse off in the match, students may want to return to their home town for training, want to be near a signigicant other, single students may choose to be in a big city rather than a rural area, students may want to buy a house and raise a family - Many people double apply, just because 5 people matched in something competetive like Rad Onc, that doesnt mean 30 applied and ended up matching in their backup field like medicine. - You dont see who did not match or how many people needed to scramble - You dont know how far people matched down their list -Schools are incestious:. Many schools take many of their own -class size matters- a class of 250 vs a class of 100- matching 5 in radiology is very different -Did people who matched take time off? Maybe these people didnt feel competitive enough after 4 yrs and take 1+ year off to strengthen their application. Maybe they or are a MD/PhD. To truely assess how a class did, you would have to know how YOUR medical school 4th years well. Only after speaking to your peers and assessing how they did can you make a good judgement. To all applicants out there who are trying to make decisions: Looking at schools lists is tough ! Just understand that doing well at any school, making AOA, and doing well on the boards is the most important thing. If you do that, you can match in any field and any program wherever you head for school.