Strategy for Ranking

The 2019 MedPhys Match


Key Takeaways

  1. Rank all programs to which you applied that would be acceptable. You may rank as many programs as you wish. Submitting a longer list of programs may increase the likelihood of being matched.
  2. Rank programs in order of your true preference, with the most preferred program as rank #1, the second most preferred as rank #2, and so on.
  3. Do not consider where a program might rank you when constructing your preferences.
  4. Do not rank any program that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to the program, even if it was the only position available to you in the MedPhys Match).

Ranking Strategy

After you have evaluated all the programs to which you have applied that are participating in the MedPhys Match, you must determine your order of preference for these programs. On your Rank Order List, you should rank your most preferred program first, your next most preferred program second, and so on.

Your Rank Order List should accurately reflect the true desirability of each program to you, regardless of how you think the program will rank you. Applicants need not make prior commitments to programs or submit to inappropriate pressures in constructing their Rank Order Lists (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 preferences without consideration for how you expect to be ranked by any program.

You may rank as many programs 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 programs, you may increase the likelihood of being matched; therefore, you should rank all programs participating in the MedPhys Match to which you have applied and with which you are prepared to accept a position.

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

Do not rank any program that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to the program, even if it was the only position available to you in the MedPhys Match). As noted in the Applicant Agreement, the results of the MedPhys Match are binding. If you are matched to a program, you must accept your MedPhys Match result. Violations of the Rules of the MedPhys Match will be reported to AAPM's Subcommittee on the Oversight of MedPhys Match. The committee may impose penalties on violators, including reporting the violations to schools or Medical Physics Program Directors and/or barring the violator from participating in the MedPhys Match in the future.

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