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Question The NRMP and the Rank Order List; How it works?

So say i have interview from A B C and D program. I want get into A or B but I know I have chances with C. So the question is, if i rank A and B first and rank C third, and if i dont match into A or B , will this decrease my chances with C since I ranked it third or will there be no effect with getting C after 2 other options?
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I think yes, it will reduce your chances for choice C, since u prioritize A and B over C.
There may be other ppl who rank C as their first choice, so these ppl are more likely get C than u
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Yea i guess that makes sense. Anyone else with any opinions??
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I think yes, it will reduce your chances for choice C, since u prioritize A and B over C.
There may be other ppl who rank C as their first choice, so these ppl are more likely get C than u

IF a program does not rank you you will not be macthed ..

If program C doesnt rank you high enough you will not match even if you put them as number 1.
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Thats wat im saying. So if the program ranks me high but i keep them my 3rd choice, will it decrease my chances as oppose to keeping them on 1?
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I hope this will help you...

http://www.nrmp.org/res_match/about_res/algorithms.html
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i m in a similar situation...the match is so confusing
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Nobody can take ur rank on the program's list. If you are first, YOU are first!

If u match at A, then ur rank on the B,C and D program's list will go to the one who is lower than you on the program's list.
If A didnt rank you then you will match at B (considering they have ranked you high enough)
If B didnt rank you high enough then you will match at C (considering they have ranked you high enough)
If C didnt rank you high enough, then you match at D!

Hope that clears the confusion !
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Info How the NRMP works

It won't decrease your chances when you rank a program third or fourth or even last. You will match in it even if another applicant ranked it first (but was ranked by the program lower than you) you will match before that applicant.

The NRMP software works as follows;
It will go and see applicant#1 and see what he has ranked. Cross check it with programs one by one from first to last. Whenever it finds a program that has ranked you (regardless of low or high rank) it will match you into that program (its called tentative match).
Then it will go to applicant#2,3,4, ...etc and does the same.
If the software found out that there is another applicant matched into your tentative match, it will then see who ranked higher by that program, if you are higher you keep the tentative match if the other applicant higher then it will then remove your tentative match (or push you a seat lower if there are still unfilled seats) and give it to the other applicant.
Then next, the software will start checking the remaining list of your rank order and so on (tentative matches keep generated until all finalized).

The NRMP software gives priority to applicants, not priority to programs.

The bottom line is. The only factor that should determine your rank is how much you like the program. How likely the program will rank you or not should not factor in your rank order list.

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Thats wat im saying. So if the program ranks me high but i keep them my 3rd choice, will it decrease my chances as oppose to keeping them on 1?

NO, Even if you rank your number 3 your number 11, and 1-10 have not ranked you high you will match to your number 11 which you want to rank number 1.
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