THE MATCH GAME: ADVISING STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR PEAK
Angela P. Mihalic,UT Southwestern Medical Center,Dallas,Texas

Rationale: While the Deans Office of Student Affairs serves as the nerve center for residency applications, pediatric clerkship directors often become integral to the process serving as either formal or informal advisors for students applying to pediatrics training programs. Pediatric educators may feel limited in their ability to effectively advise students in an increasingly competitive landscape caused by increased medical school graduates and fixed GME spots. New features of the Match such as the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) add even more complexity. Both students and faculty may feel overwhelmed by the alphabet soup of ERAS, NRMP, ROS, ROL, MSPE, and SOAP. This interactive workshop will be presented by clerkship directors, residency program directors, and student affairs deans. We plan to demystify the matching process, give insight into issues that worry students, and convey the necessary information to make any educator an accomplished match advisor. Participants will also gain skills to navigate the basics of complex matching situations such as the military and couples match, students at risk for not matching, and advising in SOAP. We will also discuss novel/creative advising systems, the components of the MSPE, and ways to collaborate with your Office of Student Affairs to maximize student match outcomes.

Objectives: 1) Outline important dates/steps involved in the match process. 2) Identify useful reference materials and data provided by the NRMP. 3) Discuss the viewpoints of key stakeholders in the match. 4) Construct a match strategy for a simulated student with a "complex matching situation." 5) Incorporate the knowledge and skills gained from this session into your own advising strategies.

Methods and Content: Participants will achieve the objectives through various active teaching modalities. Brief interactive mini-lectures will introduce content. Participants will then "Match" into a small group and participate in activities such as: 1) Card sorting exercise demonstrating key steps and important dates along the match process, and 2) Use of case vignettes to develop advising strategies for challenging students. Activities will consider the viewpoint of various stakeholders such as the medical students, residency directors, clerkship directors, and student affairs deans by using, in part, data provided by the NRMP. Finally, we will deconstruct and decipher some of the sections of the MSPE, share best practices for student advising programs, and discuss good interviewing practices for your students.