I wrote about sitting and waiting for the residency match here at Mothers in Medicine.
We had to certify our match rank lists February 22nd. We don’t get informed whether we matched until March 12th, and where we matched until March 16th. I am sure at one point in time they used slide rules and pencils and paper to figure this stuff out, but I’m pretty sure this algorithm could be done on an iPad in 2012 in less than a minute. I think the NRMP just wants me to freak out and eat chocolate for three weeks.
(The Mothers in Medicine post above has links to explanations about the match, if you are one of the uninitiated.)