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Couples Statistics 2008

2008 APPIC Match Statistics for Couples

February 25, 2008

This year, a total of 40 applicants participated as 20 "couples." Fourteen of these couples had both partners successfully matched to an internship program, while six couples had at least one partner who was not matched.

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

Following is a specific breakdown of the Match results for the 20 couples based on distance between matched programs:

8 Same City
2 Less than 50 miles apart
0 50-100 miles apart
3 100-150 miles apart
0 150-500 miles apart
0 500-1000 miles apart
1 Over 1000 miles apart
6 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, and some couples had highly-ranked pairings where one partner chose to be unmatched. Thus, if a couple was matched to programs in distant cities or had one partner unmatched, we should NOT assume that this result 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 3
2 2
3 0
4 2
5 0
6 2
7 1
8 1
9 0
10 2
11 to 15 1
16 to 20 1
21 and over 4

INTERPRETATION NOTES: 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 150 pairs of programs. One should not directly compare the results above with the results achieved by individual applicants (e.g., because 48% of individual applicants received their first choice, and 15% of couples received their first choice pairing, one should NOT conclude from this data that individual applicants "do better" than couples).