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J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Dec;14(12):1594-1597. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.08.011. Epub 2017 Oct 31.

Comparison of Self-Reported Data on Student Doctor Network to Objective Data of the National Resident Matching Program.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, Connecticut.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, Michigan. Electronic address:



To compare matching outcomes between self-reporting on Student Doctor Network (SDN) and objective data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).


Data were collected from SDN starting in the 2010 to 2011 academic year and extending to the 2015 to 2016 academic year. A total of 193 radiation oncology applicants had reported data during the period. A total of four applicants (2.1%) did not match and were excluded from the analysis. Applicants were compared with the NRMP charting outcomes of 2011, 2014, and 2016.


US allopathic seniors comprised a majority of those reporting on SDN (95.2%). The majority of applicants (58.2%) self-reported in the later years between 2014 and 2016. Those reporting on SDN were more likely to be members of Alpha Omega Alpha (39.7% on SDN versus 27.5% in 2016 NRMP, 23.6% in 2014 NRMP, and 31.2% in 2011 NRMP) and had higher mean United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step 1 and step 2 scores. Of the applicants, 81% matched within their top three ranked residencies on their match list. Common themes associated with reasons for their successful match included research experience, letters of recommendation, and away rotations. Common themes associated with advice given to future applicants were the importance of research, personality, and away rotations.


Self-reporting on SDN does have a bias toward more successful radiation oncology applicants compared with the objective NRMP data. However, if self-reporting increases, SDN may serve as a reasonably accurate source of information for future applicants.


Matching; National Resident Matching Program; Student Doctor Network; radiation oncology

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