Strategy for Applicants

The 2019 Genetic Counseling Admissions Match

Key Takeaways

  1. Rank all tracks that would be acceptable. You may rank as many tracks as you wish. Submitting a longer list of tracks may reduce your chances of being left unmatched.
  2. Rank tracks in order of your true preference, with the most preferred track as rank #1, the second most preferred as rank #2, and so on.
  3. Do not consider where a track might rank you when constructing your preferences.

Ranking Strategy

After you have evaluated all the programs to which you have applied that are participating in the Match, you must determine your order of preference for the tracks being offered by those programs. A program can offer one or more tracks in the Match.

If you intend to rank a program that is offering more than one track, you should include on your Rank Order List each track for which you are eligible and that you would accept. For example, if the program you want to rank is offering one track with a scholarship and one track without a scholarship and you would be willing to accept a position at the program with or without the scholarship, you should include BOTH tracks on your Rank Order List, with the scholarship track ranked as preferred to the non-scholarship track.

You may intermix tracks from different programs on your Rank Order List. For example, you can rank a scholarship track at program A first, then a scholarship track at program B next, followed by a non-scholarship track at program A. If you are uncertain which tracks you may be eligible for at a program, contact the Program Director.

On your Rank Order List, you should rank your most preferred track first, your next most preferred track second, and so on.

Your Rank Order List should accurately reflect the true desirability of each track to you, regardless of how you think you will be ranked for the track. There is no benefit to making a prior commitment to a program or submitting to inappropriate pressures in constructing your Rank Order List (e.g., "I'll rank you high only if you rank me high"). Because of the way the matching algorithm works:

Your best strategy is to rank your choices in order of your true preference without consideration for how you expect to be ranked by any program.

You may rank as many tracks as you wish. There are generally more applicants than there are positions available, therefore there is strong competition for most positions. By submitting a longer list of rankings, you may reduce the likelihood of being left unmatched. Therefore, you should rank all the tracks for which you are eligible at the programs where you applied, and with which you are prepared to accept a position.

You will be matched to the most preferred track on your list that ranks you and does not fill all its positions with applicants it prefers.

Do not rank any track that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to the track, even if it was the only position available to you in the Match). As noted in the Applicant Agreement, the results of the Match are binding. If you are matched to a track, you must accept your Match result. If you do not accept your Match result, AGCPD will review the situation and may impose penalties on you as outlined in the Applicant Agreement.

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