RANK LIST AND THEMATCH

This is the last thing you have any control over in the process: creating a list of programs in rank order. You will then submit this list to the NRMP site and it gets churned around with the lists of 20,000+ applicants and 3000+ programs to produce a final set of pairings.

It is absolute imperative that you must understand the match process and how your rank list gets used! Everything you have done has been leading up to this, and your rank list is the final key to getting into residency. The following link is the to the NRMP video explaining the match.

NRMP MATCH VIDEO

We don’t make a lot of outright recommendations, but watching this video is one of them. There are a lot of resources that try to explain exactly what happens during the Match, but there is also a lot of confusion, rumor, and misunderstanding about the process. Go to official NRMP resources about the Match and resources your program recommends.

You must understand the match process!

NRMP MATCH VIDEO

Your rank list will be a set of program numbers that you will submit under a user ID number provided to you. The program numbers have to be correct and your user ID number has to be correct. Horror stories abound.

You must understand the match process!

NRMP MATCH VIDEO

EVERYONE HAS A RANK LIST

Not only will you and everyone in your class (at least everyone wanting to get into residency next year) create a rank list, but each program creates a rank list as well. Program’s aren’t required to rank someone if they interview (just like you aren’t required to rank a program you interviewed at). This all goes back to the importance of interview day where you have the ability to improve your position on a program’s rank list, but also the ability to find your name on the cutting room floor. If you watched the video, it explains how your list and the program’s list get used during the Match.

NRMP MATCH VIDEO

Not understanding the Match process is like playing a game without knowing the rules. You may think you are doing well, but you are likely to end up losing because you didn’t know how to score.

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