"The GI match is alive and well. The main concerns are still about "research" positions being offered outside the match, but when actually investigated, the evidence is slim to none that this happens and always with a good reason. That being said, I am sure there are some offers outside the match, but I estimate less than 10%.
We now match in Nov/Dec for people to start in July - 6-7 months later. The residents now interview in the middle of their 3rd year, which makes a huge difference. Remember, we used to interview them and make offers at the beginning of their 2nd year - right after completing internship? What a different 18 months makes in the careers of these young folks!"
For those of you who haven't been following along for decades, here are links to some of the papers around the re-design and restart of the gastro match:
- Niederle, Muriel and Alvin E. Roth, "Unraveling reduces mobility in a labor market: Gastroenterology with and without a centralized match," Journal of Political Economy, 1. 111, no. 6, December 2003, 1342-1352. .
- Niederle, Muriel and Alvin E. Roth, "The Gastroenterology Fellowship Match: How it failed, and why it could succeed once again," Gastroenterology, 127, 2, August 2004, 658-666.
- McKinney, C. Nicholas, Niederle, Muriel and Alvin E. Roth, "The collapse of a medical labor clearinghouse (and why such failures are rare)," American Economic Review, 95, 3, June, 2005, 878-889.
- Niederle, Muriel and Alvin E. Roth, "The Gastroenterology Fellowship Market: Should there be a Match?," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 95,2, May, 2005, 372-375.
- Niederle, Muriel, Deborah D. Proctor and Alvin E. Roth, â€œWhat will be needed for the new GI fellowship match to succeed?,Gastroenterology, 130, January 2006, 218-224.
- Niederle, Muriel, Deborah D. Proctor and Alvin E. Roth, ''The Gastroenterology Fellowship Match: The First Two Years,''Gastroenterology , 135, 2 (August), 344-346, 2008.
- Niederle, Muriel, and Alvin E. Roth,''The Effects of a Central Clearinghouse on Job placement, Wages, and Hiring Practice'', inLabor Market Intermediation, David Autor, Editor, The University of Chicago Press, 2009, 273-306.