Multiple Rank Order Lists

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program for Positions Beginning in 2019

Why Use Multiple Lists

Most programs will need to submit only one Rank Order List for the Match, in order to match with the most desirable applicants to the program. However, some programs may have special requirements that can only be satisfied by submitting multiple Rank Order List for a single program.

For example, it is possible within the matching algorithm to attempt to recruit a particular "mix" or distribution of applicants for a program based on specific applicant characteristics, such as school attended or location of residence.

How to Construct Multiple Lists

To construct the appropriate multiple lists for a program, you must:

  1. Divide the program's available positions into separate categories
  2. Designate how many positions are to be allocated to each category
  3. Create a ranked list of the appropriate applicants for each category

Applicants do not need to know that the program is submitting multiple lists, or on which specific list(s) for the program they might be ranked. Applicants applying to a program that is submitting multiple lists for a single program need only include on their Rank Order Lists the single program Code Number originally assigned to the program.

Programs that submit multiple Rank Order Lists for a single program cannot submit their rankings using the NMS Match System. These programs must submit their Rank Order Lists in writing to NMS by the Rank Order List deadline.

Procedures to Submit Multiple Lists

If you wish to submit multiple lists for a single program, you should still use the NMS Match System to confirm and/or modify non-ranking information for the program, including the total number of positions to be filled by the program in the Match, contact information for the program, and whether or not to include the program on the list of programs with available positions for the Post-Match process.

The Multiple List Request forms will be available with the release of further instructions for the Match, by October 19, 2018.

After reviewing the instructions and examples carefully, the required forms should be completed, signed and submitted to NMS by the Rank Order List deadline, either as a scanned e-mail attachment sent to, or by fax to 844-977-0555.

If you have questions about completing the forms or submitting multiple lists, contact NMS.

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