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  • As an international medical school student/graduate in the Main Residency Match®, if I have not received my ECFMG® certification when ranking opens, can I still enter my rank order list?
    • Yes, you can enter a rank order list.  If the NRMP receives notification from ECFMG that you have passed the required examinations (USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS), you will be included in the Main Residency Match®.  If the NRMP does not receive ECFMG confirmation of passed examinations, you will be withdrawn from the Main Residency Match shortly after the Rank Order List Certification Deadline and your rank order list will NOT be used when the matching algorithm is processed.
  • What happens between Rank Order List Deadline and Match Day?
    • Between the Rank Order List Certification Deadline and Match Day, the NRMP conducts a rigorous review of Match data, including:
      • Assessing and confirming the integrity of the data
      • Conducting a final verification of applicants’ credentials
      • Withdrawing applicants who are ineligible for the Match
      • Transferring the data from the R3® system to the matching algorithm module, rechecking the data, processing the algorithm, and transferring data back into the R3 system
      • Verifying the results of a Match and transferring the data into the NRMP databases
      • Verifying applicants’ credentials for SOAP® participation in the Main Residency Match®
      • Preparing 50,000 individual Match Week reports for Main Residency Match applicants, program directors, and medical schools
      These steps, all completed in a few weeks, ensure the accuracy of Match results.
  • I am coupling with my partner in the Match. Is there a limit to how long our rank order lists can be?
    • Couples’ rank order lists can include up to 700 ranks, including program pairs and ranks in which the “No Match” option is used. This limit prevents the creation of excessively long rank order lists and ensures optimal R3® system performance, especially during peak times, for all participants.
  • How will I know if I have matched to a program?
    • Applicants in the Specialties Matching Service® may log in to the Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system using their username and password at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on their Fellowship Match Day to view their Match results. Applicants in the Main Residency Match® will learn at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday of Match Week whether they matched to a program by logging in to the R3 system with their username and password.  The messages that can appear in the R3 system, are listed below.  At 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday of Match Week, applicants learn where they matched by logging in to the R3 system. Applicants will be presented with one of the following messages on Monday of Match Week: 1. Congratulations, you have matched! This message will be displayed for applicants who
      • matched to a categorical, primary, or reserved (physician only) program.
      • matched to a PGY-1 preliminary and PGY-2 advanced program.
      2. Congratulations, you have matched to an advanced position! This message will be displayed for any applicant who
      • matched to a PGY-2 advanced position.
      Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) obtain a preliminary position, if needed. 3. Congratulations, you have matched to a one year position! This message will be displayed for any applicant who
      • matched to a PGY-1 preliminary position.
      Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME education on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP to obtain an advanced position, if needed. 4. We are sorry, you did not match to any position! This message will be displayed for any applicant who did not match to any program. For applicants participating as a partner of a couple, this statement also may be displayed if the applicant listed the 999999999 program code on the primary rank order list to indicate '"No Match".  Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP for any category of unfilled positions. 5. You are NOT matched because you did not submit a certified rank order list! This message will be displayed for any applicant who registered to participate in the Match but did not certify a rank order list prior to the rank order list certification deadline.  Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP for any category of unfilled positions. 6. You are NOT matched because you are withdrawn! This message will be displayed for any applicant who registered to participate in The Match but was withdrawn either by the medical school or by the NRMP.  Applicants who are withdrawn because they are ineligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will not have access to the List of Unfilled Programs or be allowed to participate in SOAP unless by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the Wednesday prior to Match Week the applicant becomes eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match.  Applicants who were withdrawn by the NRMP because they obtained positions through another matching plan will not have access to the List of Unfilled Programs or be allowed to participate in SOAP.
  • I am the director of a PGY-1 only program. Can I ask about the advanced PGY-2 programs to which an applicant is applying so I can be sure the applicant ranks the correct PGY-1 track?
    • No. The prohibition on questions about other programs to which an applicant is applying pertains to all programs regardless of PGY level.
  • What does it cost to participate in an NRMP Match?
    • Participation in a NRMP Match requires a nominal fee to register. There is also a charge to partner as a couple.
      • Specific to the Main Residency Match®, there is a late registration fee and a charge per additional ranked program over the number included with registration.
      All fees are non-refundable. View current fees
  • How does the matching algorithm work?
    • The process begins with an attempt to match an applicant to the program most preferred on that applicant's rank order list (ROL).  If the applicant cannot be matched to that first choice program, an attempt then is made to place the applicant into the second choice program, and so on, until the applicant obtains a tentative match or all the applicant's choices on the ROL have been exhausted.  When all applicant rank order lists have been considered, all tentative matches become final.
  • What types of programs participate in the Main Residency Match®?
    • Categorical-C:  programs that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the full training required for specialty board certification. Medicine-M:  categorical programs in primary care medicine and primary care pediatrics that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the full training required for specialty board certification. Advanced-A:  programs that begin in the PGY-2 year after a year of prerequisite training. Preliminary-P:  or one-year programs that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide prerequisite training for advanced programs. Physician-R:  programs that are reserved for physicians who have had prior graduate medical education. Reserved programs offer PGY-2 positions that begin in the year of the Match and thus are not available to senior medical students. Some specialties may offer both categorical and advanced type positions. Examples are Dermatology, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Diagnostic Radiology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I want to participate in the Match as a couple. Is there a limit to how many programs my partner and I can rank?
    • Each partner of a couple can rank up to 20 unique programs, including the "No Match" option, on a primary rank order list and up to 20 unique programs on all supplemental rank order lists combined for the base registration fee. After exceeding that number, an additional charge of $30 per program will be assessed when the rank order list is certified. Because a program for one partner can be paired multiple ways with a program for the other partner, couples have great flexibility in customizing their rank order lists to suit their needs. Up to 700 unique programs, including the "No Match" option, can be listed on a ROL.
  • My partner and I are considering whether to use the “No Match” option when we couple in the Match so at least one of us can obtain a position. Does the “No Match” option count as one of our discrete programs?
    • Yes, the “No Match” option (Program Code 999999999 for residency applicants and Program Code 888888888 for fellowship applicants) counts as one discrete program.
  • I am coupling with my partner in the Match. Is there a limit to how long our rank order lists can be?
    • Couples’ rank order lists can include up to 700 ranks, including program pairs and ranks in which the “No Match” option is used. This limit prevents the creation of excessively long rank order lists and ensures optimal R3® system performance, especially during peak times, for all participants.
  • What is the NRMP ID?
    • The NRMP ID is a unique identifier that you receive when you register for a Match sponsored by the NRMP.  It is different from the AAMC ID, which you received from AAMC services such as ERAS®.  The AAMC and NRMP are two separate organizations, so applicants must register for both ERAS and the Match.
  • Am I required to have an NRMP ID to submit with my ERAS application?
    • No.  The NRMP ID field is in the Personal Information section of MyERAS and can be added at any time.  However, you should return to your MyERAS profile and enter your NRMP ID once you have registered for a Match and received your NRMP ID.
  • Am I required to include my AAMC ID when I register for an NRMP Match?
    • To register for the Main Residency Match®, you must provide the AAMC® ID number from your MyERAS application. To register for the Specialties Matching Service® (Fellowship) Matches, an AAMC ID is not required but it is recommended.  Including an AAMC ID in your Fellowship Match registration will make it easier for programs to rank you in the NRMP Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.
  • Can I rank programs where I have not applied or interviewed?
    • Yes.  However, a program is not likely to rank an applicant who has not been interviewed and thus no match will occur.
  • Is there a limit to the number of programs I can rank?
    • Up to 700 programs can be listed on a ROL; however, applicants participating in the Main Residency Match may rank up to 20 programs on a primary rank order list and up to 20 programs on all supplemental lists combined before extra rank fees apply. If you certify a rank order list in the Main Residency Match with more programs, extra fees will be due at the time of certification. Those fees are NOT REFUNDABLE if you certify a shorter list at a later time. View current fees Keep in mind that if you have not interviewed at a program, the program is not likely to rank you and therefore a match will not occur. For the Specialties Matching Service, there are no extra fees for ranks.  
  • Can anyone besides me see my rank order list (ROL)?
    • Your rank order list is confidential and never will be shared with the programs.  You are the only person, other than NRMP staff, who can access your ROL unless you give your username and password to someone else.
  • How can I tell my rank order list is certified and ready to be used in a Match?
    • Your User Status in the R3® system will read “Certified” when your rank order list is final.  Also, the NRMP will send a confirmation to your primary email address that includes the number of programs on your primary and supplemental lists (if applicable).
  • Can I make changes to my rank order list (ROL) after I certify it?
    • Yes, your rank order list can be modified or re-ordered any number of times until 9:00 p.m. eastern time on the Rank Order List Certification Deadline, but no additions, deletions, or changes can be made to your rank order list after the deadline.  If you change your certified ROL by adding, moving, or deleting a program, you must recertify it for it to be used in a Match.  The R3® system does not save previous versions of your rank order list.
  • I just received the results of my Fellowship Match, and I did not match to a position. What are my options?
    • Fellowship applicants have access to the List of Unfilled Programs for their Match and should contact programs with available positions directly if interested. Other options (e.g., respond to vacancies posted on listservs, register with for-fee services like “Find A Resident”) also exist.
  • I have not been offered any residency interviews. What should I do?
    • If you do not receive any interviews, you do not need to certify a rank order list. You will be unmatched when the Match results are released on Monday of Match Week and will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs if you are eligible for the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®). SOAP is NOT a separate program. You MUST be registered for the Main Residency Match® have your credentials verified by the Rank Order List Certification Deadline in order to participate in SOAP.