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  • What information should I expect to receive from a program with which I interviewed?
    • Programs are required to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to interviewees, including a copy of the contract the applicant will be expected to sign if matched to the program and the institution's policies regarding eligibility for appointment. If not provided in writing, programs should direct interviewees to information on their website. Information must be communicated prior to the Rank Order List Deadline.
  • During my interview, the program director asked me about other programs to which I had applied and how I plan to rank them. Must I provide that information?
    • No. You may volunteer information about where you have applied and how you plan to rank programs, but programs CANNOT ask you to disclose the information. Any program that asks an applicant to disclose names, specialties, geographic location, or other identifying information about programs to which an applicant has or may apply is in violation of NRMP policy. If this happens to you, report the matter to the NRMP at (202) 400-2235 or at policy@nrmp.org.  
  • I understand programs no longer can ask about the geographic locations of programs to which applicants have or may apply or rank. Can program directors inquire about geographic regions?
    • No. The restriction on questions about applicants’ interviewing behaviors includes geographic region; however, programs can ask applicants why they are interested in the city or state where that program is located.
  • Why are program directors and faculty not permitted to ask applicants anything about the programs to which they have or may apply or rank?
    • Limiting questions about other programs protects and respects an applicant’s right to privacy and minimizes undue or unwarranted pressure. In addition, programs are encouraged to submit rank order lists that are based on applicants’ credentials and goodness of fit for the program rather than the likelihood of the applicant ranking the program. Programs still can ask applicants about any information in their applications, including why the applicant prefers a specific program or specialty. And applicants may volunteer information about other programs if they choose to do so. Where else an applicant is applying is not considered a primary determinant of the applicant’s fit in a program.
  • I’m ready to create my rank order list. Should I include all programs where I interviewed even if I’m not sure I want to train there?
    • The Match Participation Agreement you signed electronically when you registered for the Match states that a match between an applicant and a program creates a binding commitment to accept a position if a match results and to start training in good faith (i.e., with the intent to complete the program) on the date specified in the appointment contract. Accordingly, if you place a program on your rank order list (ROL), you must be prepared to enter training and fulfill the terms of the contract. Thus, you should list only programs where you would be willing and able to train. Review carefully all the materials and information you have on the programs where you interviewed, and leave yourself enough time to create, review, and finalize your list. And be sure the ROL you certify lists programs in order of your true training preferences.
  • As a U.S. senior in an allopathic medical school, I’ve been offered a position outside the Main Residency Match®. What should I do?
    • NRMP policy states that if any of an institution's programs participate in the Main Residency Match, all of the institution's programs must offer positions to U.S. allopathic senior students through the Main Residency Match or another national matching plan. Offering a position outside the Main Residency Match is a violation of the Match Participation Agreement for the program. Such occurrences should be reported to policy@nrmp.org. Applicants cannot apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a position through another national match plan or by agreement outside of the Match after the Rank Order List Deadline.
  • As a non-allopathic U.S. senior, I signed a contract outside the Main Residency Match®. What should I do?
    • If you already have registered with the NRMP, you MUST withdraw from the Main Residency Match by the Rank Order List Deadline.  You can withdraw by logging in to the Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system and selecting the withdraw option.  Failure to withdraw by the Rank Order List Deadline is a violation of the Match Participation Agreement signed at registration. Applicants cannot apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a position through another national match plan or by agreement outside of the Match after the Rank Order List Deadline.
  • My academic, professional, and/or personal information has changed since I interviewed with programs. What should I do?
    • NRMP policy requires applicants to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs. Accordingly, changes to personal, academic, or professional information that could affect your eligibility for appointment or ability to obtain licensure must be conveyed to programs, even if you already have submitted your ERAS application and/or completed program forms or documents. Failure to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs at any point in the application, interview, and/or matching process is a potential breach of the Match Participation Agreement and could subject you to a violation investigation.