In March 2014, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its biennial survey of the directors of all programs participating in the Main Residency Match®.
The primary purpose of the survey was to shed light on the factors that program directors use to select applicants to interview and rank applicants for the Match. The survey was fielded during the 18 days between the rank order list deadline and Match Week so that program match outcomes would not influence respondents’ answers.
The survey solicited information on:
- The number of applications received, screened, and reviewed, as well as the number of applicants interviewed and ranked
- Whether the program typically interviews and ranks specific applicant groups
- Use of test scores in considering which applicants to interview, and
- The factors used for both interview selection and for ranking applicants.