The Match

The Match, Part 1: Why do we have a Match?

  • The Match is so ingrained into medical education that it’s hard to imagine life without it. But when you step back and think about it, it’s a question worth asking. Why is getting a residency position so different than applying for any other job?

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The Match, Part 2: Getting under the hood – how does the Match work?

  • When you are matching students and programs, the devil is in the details. This post begins the discussion about how the Match algorithm works – and the medical student who led a successful rebellion against the NRMP.

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The Match, Part 3: On proposals and the fight for a student-optimal Match

  • In the old days, the Match algorithm systematically favored the preferences of hospitals over students. I’ll explain how – and review the unsung hero who fought for a student-optimal Match.

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The Match, Part 4: Unraveling, and Going All In

  • The residency match is a designed market – and as such, is at risk of unraveling if too many applicants or programs are willing to conduct their business elsewhere. Here, we’ll review how fears of unraveling influenced the NRMP’s policies over time.

The Match, Part 5: The Lawsuit

  • On May 7, 2002, a group of resident physicians filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. Styled as Jung v. AAMC, the suit alleged an anticompetitive conspiracy that kept resident wages low and work hours high. The Match was on trial.