UMass Chan Medical School Faculty Publications

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School of Medicine; Department of Medicine; Department of Pediatrics; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Office of Educational Affairs

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Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Medical Education


Integrity in medicine is essential. One of the most important competencies a medical student can master is to be honest at all times. Indeed, professionalism is a key competency in the identity formation and development of a medical student. At times, this competency becomes challenged during the resident matching process. The behavior of some students, faculty members, and program directors who participate in the residency program selection process (the Match) often falls short of this ideal when it comes to handling the process that will be most dispositive in directing the future careers of graduating medical students. Violations of both National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) rules and ethical norms have been reported in the literature and experienced by students. In this Invited Commentary, the authors recommend a series of reforms. Substantially more robust enforcement of NRMP rules should be considered, including the creation of an avenue for anonymous reporting by applicants who experience inappropriate pre-Match, post-interview communications.


medical students, residency matching process, ethics, integrity

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Copyright © 2018 by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Academic Medicine. Accepted manuscript posted after 12 months as allowed by the publisher's copyright transfer agreement at

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Acad Med. 2018 Nov 13. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002531. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site

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Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

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