AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program

for Positions Beginning in 2014

How to Participate as a Couple

Two applicants who are registered for the Match and who wish to coordinate their matches (e.g., obtain positions in the same geographic location) may participate in the Match as a "Couple". Applicants who participate in the Match as a couple link their choices together to form "pairs" of program choices. The paired program choices are used in rank order sequence in the Match, and the couple is matched to the most preferred pair of programs to which both partners can match.

Declaring Yourself as Part of a Couple

If you wish to participate in the Match as a member of a couple, both you and your partner must first register individually for the Match. After you have both registered, you must both indicate your desire to participate as a couple by updating your respective profiles prior to submitting your Rank Order Lists for the Match. You can access your profile by selecting the option to Log in (Registered Applicants) from the menu on the left.

When you first register, the system will indicate you are participating in the Match as an individual applicant. To change your couple status, select the link provided after you Log into indicate you wish to participate as a member of a couple. You must then identify your partner by submitting your partner's applicant Code Number.

Your partner must also identify you as his or her partner in his/her profile. If your partner does not correctly identify you as his/her partner, withdraws from the Match, or does not submit any choices for the Match then your Rank Order List will be used in the Match as if you are an individual applicant.

Couples Rank Order Lists

Each member of a couple enters his/her ranking information separately into the Rank Order List Input and Confirmation (ROLIC) system; couple members do not need to enter their lists at the same time. However, the rankings submitted by one partner must be carefully coordinated with the rankings submitted by the other partner, as described below.

In addition to identifying each other as their partner, both partners of a couple must submit the same number of ranks on their respective Rank Order Lists entered into the ROLIC system. Program pairs are then formed based on the rank numbers of the ranked programs - i.e. the first choice program on each of the partners' lists form the couple's first choice pair, the second choice on each of the partners' lists form the couple's second choice pair, and so on.

Each program desired by one partner can be paired with one or more of the programs desired by the other partner, and each of these pairs can be ranked separately. In addition, an option is provided for the couple to create and rank pairs of choices in which only one partner may be matched, with the other partner left unmatched (the program Code Number to enter into the ROLIC system to indicate "No Match" is 99999). Refer to the example shown below for the formation of Rank Order Lists by members of a couple.

Couples are encouraged to prepare their Rank Order Lists on worksheets before they begin entering choices into the ROLIC system.

Instructions and Example: Couple's Rank Order List

Applicants who intend to participate in the Match as a couple should read carefully the instructions and example provided below before preparing their Rank Order Lists.

Special procedures are necessary to match couples into mutually acceptable positions. The Match allows couples to form pairs of choices that are then considered in rank order sequence in the Match. Both partners must submit the same number of ranks. Both members of the couple must be active applicants in the Match.


STEP 1:

Each partner should first prepare his/her own, individual preference list on a separate sheet of paper. In the following example, the letters refer to a specific program offered in that city.

Partner I

1) New York-A

2) Philadelphia-A

3) Chicago-A

4) Chicago-B

5) New York-D

  Partner II

1) New York-B

2) Philadelphia-B

3) New York-C

4) Chicago-A

5) Chicago-B

6) New York-D


STEP 2:

Next, both partners must decide together which pairs of programs they are prepared to rank. For example, they should first consider all the possible pairs where the programs are in the same general location. The couple should also consider forming pairs where the programs are not in the same location. In some cases, one rank in the pair may be designated "No Match" to indicate that one partner is willing to go unmatched if the other can get a position (the program code to enter into the ROLIC system to indicate "No Match" is 99999).

It should be noted that in order for both partners to be matched to a program pair in the same location, each of the partners individually must be able to match to the program that forms his/her part of that pair. By forming a program pair, the couple is saying that they only wish to match to that pair if both partners can be matched to the programs that form the pair; if only one partner can match to his/her program in that pair, then neither partner will be matched to that pair.

For an applicant who is participating as part of a couple, the probability of matching to a specific program pair depends not only on the applicant's ability to match to his/her program in that pair, but also on his/her partner's ability to match to the corresponding paired program. As a result, couples who do not include all possible pairs of programs on their Rank Order Lists may be decreasing the probability that they will be matched. However, if a couple ranks all possible combinations of programs, including those where the partners end up in different locations and those where one partner is left unmatched, then the probability that both partners will match somewhere is the same as if each applicant had participated in the Match as an individual applicant and not part of a couple.

Note that the list of pairs of programs below is not necessarily in the order that will eventually be submitted.

Partner I

New York-A

New York-A

New York-A

New York-D

New York-D

New York-D

New York-A

No Match

Philadelphia-A

Philadelphia-A

No Match

Chicago-A

Chicago-A

Chicago-B

Chicago-B

New York-A

Philadelphia-A

New York-A

Chicago-A

  Partner II

New York-B

New York-C

New York-D

New York-B

New York-C

New York-D

No Match

New York-B

Philadelphia-B

No Match

Philadelphia-B

Chicago-A

Chicago-B

Chicago-A

Chicago-B

Philadelphia-B

New York-B

Chicago-A

New York-B

In this example, the first six pairs represent all the possible combinations for the couple to both match in New York. The next two pairs indicate that one partner is willing to go unmatched if the other partner matches to his/her first choice in New York. The next three pairs represent all possible combinations for Philadelphia, including leaving one partner unmatched. The following four pairs represent all possible combinations for the couple to both match in Chicago. The last four pairs represent combinations of matches that the partners would be prepared to accept, even though the partners would not match in the same location.

Note that the 19 pairs shown above represent only some of the possible pairs that the couple could rank. A couple may choose to rank some or all possible combinations of their programs (including pairs with programs in different locations and pairs with one of the partners left unmatched). Ranking more pairs will reduce the likelihood that the couple will remain unmatched. However, unacceptable pairs (i.e. the couple would rather remain unmatched than matched to that pair) should be omitted from the list.


STEP 3:

Next both partners decide together on the order in which these pairs are preferred. The couple might have a final Rank Order List of paired programs that looks like the one shown below. Each partner must then enter his/her side of the list independently into the ROLIC system.

Partner I

1) New York-A*

2) Philadelphia-A*

3) New York-A*

4) Chicago-A*

5) Chicago-B

6) Chicago-A*

7) Chicago-B

8) New York-A*

9) New York-D

10) New York-D

11) New York-D

12) New York-A*

13) Philadelphia-A*

14) New York-A*

15) Chicago-A*

16) New York-A*

17) No Match (Program Code 99999)

18) Philadelphia-A*

19) No Match (Program Code 99999)

  Partner II

1) New York-B

2) Philadelphia-B*

3) New York-C

4) Chicago-A

5) Chicago-B*

6) Chicago-B*

7) Chicago-A

8) New York-D*

9) New York-B

10) New York-C

11) New York-D*

12) Philadelphia-B*

13) New York-B

14) Chicago-A

15) New York-B

16) No Match (Program Code 99999)

17) New York-B

18) No Match (Program Code 99999)

19) Philadelphia-B*

* Possible matches as individual applicants

The couple will match to the most preferred pair on their list where both partners can be matched (or where one partner can match and the other chooses to be unmatched). To illustrate the result of the match in this example, an asterisk (*) has been placed in the list above after each of the programs to which each of the partners might have matched on their individual Rank Order Lists. Partner I could match to New York-A, Philadelphia-A and Chicago-A; Partner II could match to Philadelphia-B, Chicago-B and New York-D. Based on these potential matches, this couple will be matched to their second choice pair in Philadelphia. As a further illustration, if one or both of the applicants could not have matched to the Philadelphia programs in the example above, then their match would have been with their 6th choice pair in Chicago.

Displaying Rank Order Lists in the ROLIC System

As noted above, each member of a couple must identify his/her partner in their personal profile, and each partner must enter his/her side of the list of paired programs independently into the ROLIC system. However, after both members of a couple have correctly identified each other as their partner, each member of the couple can confirm both his/her own choices and those of his/her partner.

After you identify your partner and enter your choices into the ROLIC system, you can select the Display/Print option to view a confirmation of your entries. If at that time your partner has also identified you as his/her partner, the confirmation listing will also show the choices entered into the ROLIC system by your partner. This will allow you to confirm that both you and your partner have entered your choices correctly, and that the program pairs that will be used in the Match (formed based on the rank numbers of the ranked programs) are correct.

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