Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Medical Mismatch: When hospitals act like men," by Madhusree Mukerjee.Scientific American, June 1997, pages 40-41.

The National Resident Matching Program matches thousands of medical students tohospital residencies each year. The program uses a mathematical algorithmthat, based on preference rankings by the students and by the hospitals,attempts to provide the best matching. This short article discusses complaintsby students that the program is biased in favor of hospitals.

--- Allyn Jackson