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Friday, October 27, 2017

Pseudo-Couples Matching: A Success Story?

Pseudo-Couples Matching is a phrase used to describe medical student couples and others applying for specialties that re not linked together through the NRMP. The two outlying specialties described in this observation are urology and ophthalmology, both with matches in January since they don’t participate in the NRMP. How one couple coped with a dermatology/urology pseudo-match is detailed in an by Roger Khouri Jr in the October 2017 issue of Journal of Graduate Medical Education (page 668). If you are wondering, they were able to get PGY1 years in the same institution, but will be separated “…a short flight away” during the remainder of specialty training. He notes that “…the 3 years of distance will be a challenge,” and questions, “Why, then, does our profession seem to ignore the human experiences of trainees?” Of course the same outcome (residencies in different cities) may occur to couples participating in the NRMP as well, depending on the rank lists the couples submit.