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The 2018 APPCN Match


Can I control the distribution of applicants with different characteristics that might match with my program?

Yes. It is possible within the matching algorithm to attempt to recruit a particular distribution or "mix" of applicants for a program based on specific applicant characteristics, such as language fluency or location of residence. To accomplish this, you must divide the program's available positions into separate categories, designate how many positions are to be allocated to each category, and submit separate program Rank Order Lists for each category of position.


Can I change my rankings after certifying my list?

Yes. Even if you have already certified a Rank Order List you can return at any time to make changes until the Rank Order List deadline.

If you make changes to a list after it is certified, the list will become uncertified and you will have to re-certify the list prior to the Rank Order List deadline in order for the list to be used in the Match.


What should I do if an applicant appears on my Rank Order List as "Withdrawn"?

Withdrawn applicants may change their status and decide to participate in the Match at any time until the Rank Order List deadline. Therefore, if you planned to rank an applicant who is shown as withdrawn, you are strongly encouraged to leave the withdrawn applicant on the Rank Order List.

If you leave the withdrawn applicant on the list and the applicant is reinstated prior to the deadline, that ranking will be used in the Match. If the applicant remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and the Rank Order List will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn applicant.

If you have any questions concerning the status of an applicant in the Match, you should contact the applicant directly.





















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