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2011 APPIC Match Statistics - Phase I

Match Report from the APPIC Board of Directors
February 25, 2011

 

We are pleased to report that 2,910 applicants were successfully matched to internship positions in Phase I of the APPIC Match. Almost half (48%) of all applicants who obtained a position matched to their first choice internship program, more than two-thirds (70%) received one of their top two choices, and four-in-five (82%) received one of their top three choices.

A total of 937 applicants were not matched to an internship position in Phase I, while 256 positions remained unfilled.

Compared to the 2010 Match, the number of registered applicants increased by 309 (8%) to a record 4,199 applicants, the largest year-to-year increase since the first Match occurred in 1999. The number of internship positions increased by 65 (2%) to a record 3,166 positions. Furthermore, the number of accredited positions increased by 30 while the number of non-accredited positions increased by 35.

Here is a summary of the changes in numbers of applicants and positions as compared to the 2010 APPIC Match:


Applicants: Registered for the Match
+309

Withdrew or did not submit ranks
+131

Matched
+87

Unmatched
+91
   

Positions: Offered in the Match
+65
  Filled
+87
  Unfilled
-22


Following is an nine year comparison of the 2002 and 2011 Match statistics:


 
2002
2011
9-YEAR CHANGE
 
Participating Sites
610
690
+80 (+13%)
Positions Offered
2,752
3,166
+414 (+15%)
Positions Filled
2,410
2,910
+500 (+21%)
Positions Unfilled
342
256
-86 (-25%)
 



Registered Applicants
3,073
4,199
+1,126 (+37%)
Withdrawn Applicants
231
352
+121 (+52%)
Matched Applicants
2,410
2,910
+500 (+21%)
Unmatched Applicants
432
937
+505 (+117%)

 

INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS


PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Training Sites Participating in the Match
690
Programs Participating in the Match
1,207
Positions Offered in the Match
3,166

NOTE: A "training site" can offer more than one "program" in the Match. Each "program" was identified in the Match by a separate 6-digit code number.


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Positions:
Filled in the Match
2,910
(92%)
Remaining Unfilled
256
(8%)
Programs:
Filled in the Match
1,054
(87%)
With Unfilled Positions
153
(13%)

NOTE: 38 programs at 33 sites submitted fewer ranks than the number of positions available. As a result, no ranks were submitted for 64 positions, which remained unfilled.


APA- or CPA- Accredited Positions
Filled in the Match
2,278
(97%)
Remaining Unfilled
72
(3%)
Total
2,350

Non-Accredited Positions
Filled in the Match
632
(77%)
Remaining Unfilled
184
(23%)
Total
816

Non-accredited positions represented 72% of all unfilled positions.


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
Average Number of Applicants Ranked Per Position Offered for Each Program:
Programs Filling All Positions
8.3
Programs With Unfilled Positions
3.1
All Programs
7.7

Each Registered Applicant Was Ranked by an Average of 5.0 Different Programs.

 

APPLICANTS

PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Applicants Registered in the Match
4,199
Applicants Who Withdrew or Did Not Submit Ranks
352
Applicants Participating in the Match
(includes 42 individuals who participated in the Match as 21 "couples")
3,847


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Applicants Matched
2,910
(76%)
Participating Applicants Not Matched
937
(24%)


MATCH RESULTS BY RANK NUMBER ON APPLICANT'S LIST
(PERCENTAGES MAY NOT TOTAL TO 100 DUE TO ROUNDING ERRORS)
Rank
Number of Applicants
1
1,392
(48%)
2
634
(22%)
3
351
(12%)
4
196
( 7%)
5
120
( 4%)
6
80
( 3%)
7
43
( 1%)
8
28
( 1%)
9
22
( 1%)
10 or higher
44
( 2%)
Total
2,910
(100%)


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
Average Number of Rankings Submitted Per Applicant:
Matched Applicants
7.9
Unmatched Applicants
4.4
Overall
7.0

Each Position Was Ranked by an Average of 8.5 Applicants.



Summary of Program Rankings


The following report contains additional statistics on how successful programs were, on average, in matching with applicants during Phase I of the APPIC Match.

There are several important issues that must be considered in attempting to analyze program success based on the rank numbers of matched applicants.

DEFINITIONAL PROBLEMS: Because each applicant submitted a single Rank Order List in order to match to a single position, it is easy to identify his or her "first choice," "second choice," etc. However, for an internship program, determining first or second choice applicants is a far more difficult and complex task. First, many programs attempt to fill several positions; if a program has three positions to fill, an applicant ranked third by that program can in effect be considered a "first choice" for purposes of the Match. Furthermore, a significant number of sites submitted multiple Rank Order Lists for a single program, sometimes ranking the same applicant on different Lists with different rank numbers. Also, the reversion of unfilled positions between lists adds a further complication to this analysis.

We worked closely with National Matching Services in an attempt to resolve these difficulties and to develop a reasonable method of presenting this data.

STANDARDIZED RANKINGS: For the purposes of this analysis, we converted each site's rankings to a "standardized rank." This is best explained by example: if the number of positions to be filled from a Rank Order List was three, then the first three applicants on this List were considered to be "first choice" applicants and given a standardized rank of 1. The next three applicants on that List were defined as "second choice" applicants and given a standardized rank of 2. And so on.


PHASE I MATCH RESULTS BY STANDARDIZED RANK NUMBER ON INTERNSHIP PROGRAM LIST

(PERCENTAGES MAY NOT TOTAL TO 100 DUE TO ROUNDING ERRORS)

Standardized Rank
# of Applicants Matched
1
1,053
(36%)
2
787
(27%)
3
510
(18%)
4
270
(9%)
5
132
(5%)
6
60
(2%)
7
43
(1%)
8
20
(1%)
9
9
(0%)
10 or higher
26
(1%)
Total
2,910
(100%)

To interpret this chart: of all positions that were filled in the Match, 36% were filled with "first choice" applicants (as defined above), 27% with "second choice" applicants, and so on.

Furthermore, 63% were filled with "first" or "second" choice applicants, while 81% were filled with "third choice" applicants or better.

Of course, comparing these numbers to applicants' Match statistics should be done with extreme caution, given the significantly different ways in how "first choice", "second choice", etc. were defined in each analysis.