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How to Make a Rank List

posted Sep 8, 2016, 12:31 PM by Explore More   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 7:16 AM ]
When making a rank list, keep in mind that NMS (AOA) opens January 6 
and closes January 22 at 11:59 pm EST. NRMP (ACGME) opens January 15 and closes February 24, at 9:00 pm EST.

Make sure you know the rules for the match that you’re going through and the residencies you’re applying to. 

How many programs do you rank? When asking that question keep in mind the money involved. Here are the costs:

  • NMS $60
  • NRMP $65 with additional fee over 20 programs

Rank any program you’d actually want to go to and don’t rank a place that you’d never want to go to. You may think you’re going to put a place you weren’t that interested in on the bottom at your list because you think you’re going to match somewhere else. If you do that, it’s possible you might end up in a residency  that you’re really disappointed to be in.  In many cases, that’s worse than ending up nowhere.

Think back to how you felt at your interview, not how the programs looked on paper. Also, rank places based on where you will fit in best, not where you think you’ll get in. Chances are that if you thought you were a good fit, they thought that too.