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2000 APPIC Match Statistics for Couples

Corrected February 23, 2001

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 one partner matched and the other partner not matched.

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


NUMBER OF COUPLES
DISTANCE APART
8 Same City
3 Different cities, less than 50 miles apart
3 Different cities, 50-100 miles apart
1 Different cities, 100-150 miles apart
4 Over 150 miles apart
2 One partner matched, 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:


RANK
NUMBER OF COUPLES
1 4
2 1
3 4
4 1
5 2
6 1
7 2
8 0
9 2
10 or higher 4

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 100 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 19% of couples received their first choice pairing, one should NOT conclude from this data that individual applicants "do better" than couples).