What is The Match?

Background

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1952 by medical students seeking to standardize the residency selection process and establish a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) training programs. It is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representatives from national medical and medical education organizations as well as medical students, resident physicians, and GME program directors. The NRMP manages the Main Residency Match® and the Specialties Matching Service®, which includes Matches for more than 40 fellowship subspecialties.

NRMP VISION

The NRMP is a trusted global provider of matching services for healthcare professionals and the premier Match data resource

NRMP MISSION

To match healthcare professionals to graduate medical education and advanced training programs through a process that is fair, efficient, transparent, and reliable.  To provide meaningful and accessible match data and analysis to stakeholders

The NRMP conducts its Matches using a mathematical algorithm that pairs the rank ordered preferences of applicants and program directors to produce a “best fit” for filling available training positions. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for Dr.  Alvin Roth’s receipt of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics.