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Couples Statistics 2006

2006 APPIC Match Statistics for Couples

February 27, 2006

This year, a total of 42 applicants participated as 21 "couples." Nineteen of these couples had both partners successfully matched to an internship program, while two couples had at least one partner who was not matched.

For six couples, both partners matched to programs at the same site.

Following is a specific breakdown of the Match results for the 21 couples based on distance apart:

9 Same City
4 Less than 50 miles apart
0 50-100 miles apart
1 100-150 miles apart
0 150-500 miles apart
3 500-1000 miles apart
2 Over 1000 miles apart
2 At least one partner unmatched

INTERPRETATION NOTE: Most couples used the couples match in an attempt to be together during their internship year, and most tended to rank highly those program pairings that are located in the same geographic area. However, it should be noted that some couples had very highly-ranked program pairings that were hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. Thus, if a couple was matched to programs in distant cities, we should NOT assume that this combination was a lower-ranked pairing on their list.

Following are the Match results based on where a program pairing was ranked on couples' Rank Order Lists:

1 5
2 2
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
10 1
11 to 15 0
16 to 20 2
21 and over 3

INTERPRETATION NOTE: A paired Rank Order List submitted by a couple could have been very lengthy, particularly when a couple chose to submit most or all possible combinations of programs. Some couples had Rank Order Lists that exceeded 200 pairs of programs. One should not directly compare the results above with the results achieved by individual applicants (e.g., because 45% of individual applicants received their first choice, and 24% of couples received their first choice pairing, one should NOT conclude from this data that individual applicants "do better" than couples).