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Couples Statistics 2016

2016 APPIC Match - Phase I
Statistics for Couples

February 19, 2016

This year, 16 "couples," representing a total of 32 applicants, participated in Phase I of the Match. Fourteen 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 five couples, both partners matched to programs at the same internship site.

Following is a breakdown of the Phase I Match results for the 16 couples based on distance between matched programs:

6 Same City
2 Less than 50 miles apart
2 50-100 miles apart
2 100-150 miles apart
1 150-500 miles apart
1 500-1000 miles apart
0 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 may have had highly-ranked program pairings that were hundreds or even thousands of miles apart, while some couples may have 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 Phase I Match results based on where a program pairing was ranked on couples' Rank Order Lists:

1 5
2 3
3 0
4 2
5 2
6 0
7 1
8 1
9 1
10 0
11 to 15 0
16 to 20 0
21 to 50 0
51 to 100 1
101 and over 0

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. Six couples had Rank Order Lists that exceeded 100 pairs of programs, while one of these couples' Lists exceeded 200 pairs. One should not directly compare the results above with the results achieved by individual applicants (e.g., because 84% of individual applicants received one of their top three choices, and 50% of couples received one of their top three pairings, one should NOT conclude from this data that individual applicants "do better" than couples).


Report Prepared by Greg Keilin, Ph.D.
and National Matching Services, Inc.
February 19, 2016