Episode 46

PGP Fundamentals: Match Phase 1

This episode is all about Phase 1 of the Match and how to navigate it.

Topics we discuss:

  1. Phase 1 introductions, timeline, statistics
  2. Strategies for ranking programs for Phase 1
  3. Red flags you should be looking for during your interview during Phase 1 that you should consider during ranking
  4. How many programs you should rank
  5. What you should do while awaiting Phase 1 match results

This episode's take-aways:

  1. Phase 1 of the Match may include virtual interviews, on-site interviews, open houses, showcases, or both. It lasts over the course of months.
  2. Deadlines are typically early March for Phase I rank lists being due for applicants and programs. Mid-March is when Match Day results are available and when Phase 2 applications begin. See more information here.
  3. The Match algorithm is set up in your favor so rank programs by which ones you like the most (not by how you think they may have viewed you), but don't rank programs you don't see yourself going to. Rank as many programs as you could see yourself going to.
  4. Find out more about it in Episode 3 or watch this video on how The Match works.
  5. The Match statistics from this past year indicate a trend that favors candidates, but it is still competitive. See more information here.
  6. Keep yourself busy after submitting Phase 1 rank lists and talk to your preceptor about potentially being off that day and working out a mutual agreement for make-up work. Be prepared and know if you would want to pursue Phase 2 if you don't match. 

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Sean Smithgall

Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Completed a PGY1 pharmacotherapy residency at Geisinger Medical Center and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at East Tennnessee State University, Gatton College of Pharmacy. Interests include family medicine, post-graduate training preparation, and making podcasts.