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  2. Upcoming Important Dates – 1 • 1. Match Day, Thursday, March 19, 2009 • 2. Commencement, Sunday, May 17, 2009

  3. Upcoming Important Dates – 2 • 1. Golf Outing at Dr. O’Bryan’s: Saturday, May 2, 2009 • 2. Alumni Banquet: Saturday, May 9, 2009, Essex Ballroom, The Westin Copley Hotel

  4. CREATING YOURRANK ORDER LIST Boston University School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs January 13, 2009

  5. POINTS TO COVER: • Deadlines and dates • Meet with Student Affairs Deans • Strategies • How the Algorithm works • NRMP Rules • Match Week

  6. Deadlines and Dates • January 13, 2009 Ranking opens in R3 • January 31, 2009 Final program quotas • February 25, 2009 Ranking closes in R3 • 9:00 PM Eastern • March 16, 2009 Did I Match? • 12:00 Noon Eastern • March 17, 2009 List of Unfilled Programs • 12:00 Noon Eastern (Unmatched Applicants can • contact Unfilled Programs) • March 19, 2009 Match Day • 12:00 Noon Eastern Match Results at BUSM • 1:00 PM Eastern Match Results on-line at NRMP

  7. MEET WITH ADVISOR • You are encouraged to make an appointment with either your advisor or a Student Affairs Dean to discuss putting together your Rank Order List • Dr. Phyllis Carr: 638-4194 • Dr. Paul O’Bryan: 638-4166 • Dr. Joel Alpert: • Dr. Kenneth Grundfast 638-7934 • Dr. Robert Beazley • Dr. Jonathan Woodson 638-4163 • Dr. John Polk 638-4166

  8. Strategies • Refer to Charting Outcomes in the Match • Assess competitiveness • Specialty • Program • Yourself • Assess the program • Make your ROL long enough • Go for the “reach” program • Include a “safety” program

  9. STRATEGIES • Length of Rank Order List - too short can be problematic – minimum of 10 programs • Don’t list a program you know you won’t be happy with • Don’t hear “We want you at our program” as a final commitment • Include a FailSafe Program

  10. STRATEGIES Rank Order List - Anesthesiology Boston Univ. Medical Center - Anesthesiology a. BMC Transitional b. UMass Transitional c. Newton Wellesley Transitional 2. Oregon Health & Sciences - Anesthesiology 3. Harbor-UCLA - Anesthesiology 4. BMC Transitional 5. UMass Transitional

  11. FAMOUS EASTERN MEDICAL SCHOOLGENERAL HOSPITAL Dear Applicant: We have thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us and it is clear that you will excel wherever you choose to go. You represent the kind of candidate that has traditionally done well in our program and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the coming year. Yours sincerely, Program Director


  13. HOW THE MATCH ALGORITHM WORKS • Applicant’s proposal • Starts with an attempt to place an applicant in the program ranked #1 by the applicant • A tentative Match occurs: • if the program also ranked the applicant and • the program has unfilled positions • if the program is filledbut the applicant is ranked higher than another applicant tentatively matched to that program

  14. HOW THE MATCH ALGORITHM WORKS • No Match: • if the program did not rank the applicant • if the program ranked the applicant, but is filled with other more preferred applicants • Couples • The algorithm places a couple in their highest ranked pair of • programs on the PRIMARY list where BOTH matched • Final Matches • When the algorithm completes its cycles, all tentative matches become final • More information: •

  15. SUMMARY Discuss your list with Deans and faculty advisors. Prepare a Rank Order List worksheet before entering the NRMP Match Site. Be Sure to certify your Rank Order List. Complete your Rank Order List at least a week before the February 25, 2009 deadline. Do not make last minute changes to your Rank Order List – most such changes are not well thought out and applicants frequently regret the changes. Feel comfortable with your first three choices. Relax!

  16. NRMP Rules • Programs in the Match can take US allopathic seniors only through the NRMP or other matches. • You can express interest in a program but you cannot ask how you will be ranked. • A program cannot demand to know how it will be ranked by the applicant. • Applicants and programs are legally bound by the results of the Match. • BUSM includes Match violations as part of your permanent record

  17. MATCH WEEK - MARCH 16-19 Monday - Did I Match? Tuesday - Unfilled Program List Thursday - Match Day Celebrations - Where Did I Match?

  18. Application for Medical License • If you took more than 4 years to complete your medical education, your state licensure board may request a letter from your medical school, explaining why. Your residency program and/or licensure board will let you know if this is a requirement, and where to have us send this information.

  19. For more information visit: Residency Match Questions? 202-828-0566 or 1-866-617-5838 (toll-free) E-mail:

  20. The Match Commitment • SECTION 5.1: • “The listing of an applicant by a program on its certified rank order list or of a program by an applicant on the applicant's certified rank order list establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept an appointment if a match results. • Failure to honor this commitment by either party participating in a match will be a breach of this Agreement and may result in penalties to the breaching program or applicant…….”

  21. Match Waivers • Applicants: • Hardship • Change of specialty: must be requested by January 15 • Completion of residency postponed • Waivers must be requested from, and can be granted only by, the NRMP.

  22. Match Waivers - Consequences If a waiver is approved: • The applicant may obtain another position or participate in future match and the program may begin to recruit for the position. If a waiver is not approved: • Both the applicant and program are expected to honor the match commitment. • Failure to honor the match commitment is grounds for a violation investigation and the levying of sanctions.

  23. Pre-Match Communication • 6.0 Restrictions on Persuasion • “One of the purposes of the Matching Program is to allow both applicants and programs to make selection decisions on a uniform schedule and without coercion or undue or unwarranted pressure. Both applicants and programs may express their interest in each other; however, they shall not solicit verbal or written statements implying a commitment. It is a breach of the applicable Match Participation Agreement for either party to suggest or inform the other that placement on a rank order list is contingent upon submission of a verbal or written statement indicating ranking intentions. In addition, it is a breach of the Match Participation Agreement for a program and applicant in the Matching Program to make any verbal or written contract for appointment to a concurrent year residency or fellowship position prior to the Matching Program.”

  24. Examples of Prohibited Communication • #1 - In the 2009 Main Residency Match, Dr. John Doe interviewed with the General Surgery program at National Medical Center. The program director was unsure how to respond when asked by Dr. Doe who else he planned to interview and whether he planned to rank Dr. Doe as his top choice for a resident. • #2 - In the 2009 Main Residency Match, Dr. Holly Golightly interviewed with the Radiation-Oncology Program at American Hospital Center. She was encouraged at the end of her interview to send the program director a note indicating her level of interest so that the director would know how or whether to rank her.

  25. Violation Investigations • Report potential violation to Executive Director • Information gathered by NRMP • Preliminary Report reviewed by all parties • Case reviewed by Violations Committee • Review Panel Report to violator • Violator can arbitrate • Final Report distributed • Violation policy is at

  26. Applicant Violations-Common Reasons • Applicant fails to honor the match commitment • Applicant fails to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs • Applicant discusses or accepts position in another program prior to receiving a waiver from the NRMP

  27. Violation by an Applicant • Final Report sent to: • Applicant’s medical school • Directors of residency programs • American Board of Medical Specialties • FSMB* (if applicant is to be permanently barred) • Interested parties • Applicant may be identified as a match violator in R3 System or barred from future matches for up to three years, or permanently. • Applicant may be barred from match-participating programs for one year.

  28. NRMP Rules • Programs at match-participating institutions, regardless of match participation status, can take US allopathic seniors only through the NRMP or another national matching plan • Applicants and programs can express interest in but cannot ask about ranking intentions • Applicants and programs are bound by the results of the Match

  29. GENERAL INFORMATION - 1 • Powerpoint slides will be available on OSA website: • • Please complete the on-line forms and award nominations in the OSA Match & Graduation Information site, which opens January 14, 2009: •

  30. GENERAL INFORMATION - 2 • Rank Order List may be entered on any computer with Internet access: home computer, public library computers, Alumni Medical Library, main campus libraries, Office of Student Affairs • Access NRMP Rank Order List website with AAMC ID # and self-created password • Your signature is required if you withdraw from the Match, - please contact Loretta Dyson in the Registrar’s Office at (617) 638-4161. You must withdraw by 4:00 p.m., February 25, 2009.

  31. Getting Started • Complete applications and interviews • Review ROL section of User Guide – • • Use your AAMC ID and password to login to the NRMP’s Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) System • Couples must register both partners’ AAMC IDs in their NRMP files • Your NRMP/AAMC ID and your ERAS/AAMC ID must be the same

  32. DEFINITIONS Match Status: ACTIVE Registered RANKING ROL started CERTIFIED ROL ROL finished Fee Status: PAIDNo fees due Credentials: VERIFIED By school (US and Canadian applicants) ECFMG Status: VERIFIED By ECFMG (IMGs & 5th Pathway applicants)