However, according to Alvin Roth, PhD, the George Gund professor of economics and business administration in the department of economics at Harvard University, who extensively researched the gastroenterology fellows’ match, so long as the rules are endorsed by the overseeing organization, potential fellows are likely to go through with the match even if offered outside agreements. This in turn gives confidence to the subspecialty community that positions will be offered and filled through the match.
The Committee on Training and Workforce Issues hopes that the adoption of the match will result in an even larger pool of well-qualified applicants for rheumatology training positions, and the continual advancement of training programs. According to Dr. Barr, “The match levels the playing field for programs as they compete for the best applicants. Undoubtedly the increased competition will lead to improvement in our training programs. Most importantly, the residents who choose rheumatology are assured of the best opportunity to match their career goals with the most suitable program.”
Dr. Landis is a rheumatologist and freelance writer.