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Multiple Rank Order Lists

The 2018 APPIC Match

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.

It is possible within the matching algorithm to attempt to recruit a particular "mix" or distribution of applicants based on specific applicant characteristics such as language fluency or location of residence.

Training Sites offering more than one program in the Match can choose to submit multiple lists for some or all of their programs, if desired. For example, a training site offering a general internship program, a neuropsychology program and a geropsychology program could choose to submit three lists for the general internship program, two lists for the neuropsychology program, and only one list for the geropsychology program, if that was necessary to satisfy their requirements.

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.

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

Training Sites that submit multiple Rank Order Lists for a single program cannot submit their rankings using the NMS Match System. These training sites must submit their Rank Order Lists in writing to NMS by the Rank Order List deadline on February 7, 2018.

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 and contact information for the training site.

However, you should not enter any rankings of applicants for the program into the NMS Match System. In addition, you should not provide any University/School limits in the NMS Match System; these limits can only be applied to a single Rank Order List, not across multiple lists for a single program.

Download Multiple List Forms and Instructions

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.

Confirm Multiple Rank Order List Information

If you submit multiple lists for a single program, your site's complete Rank Order List and reversion information will be available for viewing in a confidential manner in the NMS Match System beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET, February 14, 2018.

You must confirm the information for your site by 4:00 p.m. ET on February 14, 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the ranking and reversion information submitted by your training site is correct on the confirmation available in the NMS Match System.

If there are any errors on the confirmation, you must contact NMS by phone at 800-461-6322 no later than 4:00 p.m. ET on February 14, 2018 to notify NMS of the error, so that it can be corrected for the Match.



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