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Programs Help - Ranking Issues

The 2018 ASHP Match

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 up until the Rank Order List deadline.

If you make changes to a list after it is certified, you will have to re-certify the list in order for the list to be used in the 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 school attended 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.

Multiple lists for one program will be accepted only in Phase I of the Match. This option will not be available to programs in Phase II of 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What should I do if an applicant appears on my Rank Order List as "Withdrawn"?

Withdrawn applicants may change their status and decide to participate in the Match at any time until the Rank Order List deadline. Therefore, if you planned to rank an applicant who is shown as withdrawn, you are strongly encouraged to leave the withdrawn applicant on the Rank Order List.

If you leave the withdrawn applicant on the list and the applicant is reinstated prior to the deadline, that ranking will be used in the Match. If the applicant remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and the Rank Order List will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn applicant.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

How do I find information on applicants participating in Phase II of the Match?

On March 20, 2018, the List of Registered Applicants will be updated in the NMS Match System to include only those applicants who are eligible to participate in Phase II. This includes all applicants who were not matched to a position in Phase I as well as new applicants who registered for the Match after the Phase I Rank Order List deadline. Only those applicants who are eligible to participate in Phase II will be able to submit applicants to programs for Phase II.

Also on March 20, 2018, Program Directors will have access in the NMS Match System to a list of applicants who submitted Rank Order Lists for Phase I of the Match but did not match to a position. The list will provide contact information and can be filtered by the program type ranked by the applicant. This list will include only those applicants who submitted rankings but were not matched in Phase I; applicants who did not submit any rankings in Phase I and new applicants who register after Phase I will not be included on the list.

Eligible applicants will be able to prepare their applications for Phase II beginning on March 20, 2018, and will be able to submit applications to programs starting on March 23, 2018. Programs will be to access PhORCAS to view and download application information starting on March 23, 2018; no information on applications will be available to programs before that time.



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