Matching As a Couple Is Complicated. Here's How To Make It Simple

The New Doximity Residency Navigator is live for ERAS 2022

Jul 20, 2021 · The Doximity Residency Navigator Team

Today we’re excited to announce the release of the 2021-2022 Residency Navigator, the most comprehensive online directory of U.S. residency programs used by more than 90% of fourth-year medical students.

This year’s edition of Residency Navigator features the Couples Match Tool, in which applicants planning to Couples Match can seamlessly generate a list of optimal program pairs for their rank list. Medical students are able to sort by programs within the same institution or within a certain range of distance.

Many people meet their life partners in medical school. This feature helps them ease the stress of staying together so that they can focus more on becoming the next generation of physicians.

One couple using the new Couples Match Tool is a pair of fourth year medical students at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. They met in their second year of medical school during an Ob/Gyn clinical rotation when they were paired as rotation partners.

“We were delivering babies, talking for 12 hours a day on the night float. We like to joke that the person who coordinated the rotation is...our matchmaker,” said the couple, one applying to Dermatology and the other to Diagnostic Radiology.

The Couples Match Tool has already received strong, early reviews. After testing out the feature, a fourth year medical student said, “I wish I knew this existed sooner! I’m going to be sending this around. There are a lot of Couples Matches this year and everyone could use a little help with ‘the looove’.”

One fourth-year medical student applying to Ob/Gyn via the Couples Match explained that she and her partner found the Couples Match process complicated because of the amount of research required to
understand various institution program offerings, and then the effort needed to calculate the distance between each residency program to find an optimal combination of programs.

“There is not one tool where this information is in one place. We’ve had pages and pages of tabs [open], trying to match these things up,” she described. “We hadn’t found anything that could take into consideration both of our specialties at the same time. Couples Match is a whole different ball game, so it’s nice to have a tool that is built for the Couples Match, and I think [Doximity’s Couples Match Tool] definitely takes the stress off of the process.”

“I like this tool because it integrates the Couples Match features with all the data already in Doximity. I can use this as a way to learn more about each program,” said a fourth year med student applying to Diagnostic Radiology.

“It’s nice that there is resident feedback that is anonymous because some reputations you can only find word-of-mouth — especially the bad ones. I’m glad to see my top program has excellent reviews, it’s nice to see the honest truth, and it would make me hesitate and think twice about adding it to my list [if it didn’t],” said a fourth-year medical student applying into Ob/Gyn.

In addition to Residency Navigator’s popular ratings and handwritten reviews on 4,500+ residency programs submitted by more than 100,000 verified physicians, this year’s release also introduces a host of new features to help residents find a program that best aligns with their professional goals and personal preferences, including:

Step Scores Data: See how your Step scores compare to matched applicants in each specialty. Explore median Step score ranges, the number of applicants who matched and didn't match within each score range, and more.

Neighborhood Insights: Find your perfect fit by comparing unique stats on each program's community, including overall livability, quality of local schools, housing prices, cost of living, and more.

My Rank List: Shortlist favorite programs and add personal notes from virtual visits, interviews, and conversations with residents and alumni.

For more information about Doximity's 2021-2022 Residency Navigator, please visit

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