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Couples Statistics 2018

2018 APPIC Match - Phase I
Statistics for Couples

February 23, 2018

This year, 17 "couples," representing a total of 34 applicants, participated in Phase I of the Match. Thirteen of these couples had both partners successfully matched to an internship program, while four couples had at least one partner who was not matched.

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

Following is a breakdown of the Phase I Match results for the 17 couples based on distance between the cities where each partner was placed:

Same City 6
Less than 50 miles apart 0
50-100 miles apart 2
100-150 miles apart 2
150-500 miles apart 1
500-1000 miles apart 0
Over 1000 miles apart 2
At least one partner unmatched 4

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 1
4 1
5 0
6 0
7 1
8 0
9 0
10 1
11 to 15 0
16 to 20 2
21 to 50 3
51 to 100 0
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. Four couples had Rank Order Lists that exceeded 100 pairs of programs, while one of these couples' Lists exceeded 300 pairs. One should not directly compare the results above with the results achieved by individual applicants (e.g., because 85% of matched individual applicants received one of their top three choices, and 53% of matched 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 23, 2018