How the NRMP Match Day Algorithm Works

Episode 81: Match Day is around the corner and your certified rank order list is almost due. Do you put every program you interviewed on your list? What happens if you don’t get your first choice? Should you put a very competitive place as number 1?

At the time I published this podcast (Feb. 3, 2012), certified rank lists were due in 2.5 weeks. This audio podcast explains the way the “magic computer” decides who get’s an allopathic residency in the US and who does not.

This information is based on the National Residency Matching Program’s statement from September 2010; it’s been unchanged since then.

General principles are outlined in the figure below. Click here to download the NRMP Match Day Algorithm.

 

 

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