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  • 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.
  • Why are program directors and faculty not permitted to ask applicants anything about the programs to which they have or may apply?
    • 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 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.
  • How can I send out my applications in July (or December) if the Match doesn’t open until later?
    • Some fellowships in the Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®) use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®), which sends out applications prior to the Match opening. The NRMP is not an application service or a job placement service. Applicants must apply directly to residency programs in addition to registering for the Match. The ERAS application requests an NRMP ID, which is a unique identifier that you receive when you register for a Match.  You can send your applications through ERAS prior to receiving your NRMP ID. The NRMP ID field is in the Personal Information section of MyERAS and can be added at any time.
  • 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 couple with my partner in an SMS® Match, and how will the NRMP process our rank order lists?
    • Yes.  Each partner of a couple must enroll individually in the Match and indicate in the NRMP R3® system that they wish to participate as a couple.  The couple will match to the most preferred pair of programs on the rank order lists where each partner has been offered a position. Individuals must be registered in the same Match in order to be able to participate as a couple.
  • I am an international medical graduate (IMG) and completed residency in my home country. Can I Match into a fellowship program in the U.S.?
    • To qualify for positions in fellowship programs, applicants must have completed a core residency training program. Applicants applying to fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME®) must meet the ACGME requirements. Each sponsoring institution (e.g., a teaching hospital) may have additional eligibility requirements.
  • 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 signed a contract outside the Specialties Matching Service®. What should I do?
    • If you already have registered with the NRMP, you MUST withdraw from the Match by the Rank Order List Certification 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.
  • 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.
  • What happens if I do not match to a position?
    • Applicants who learn at 12:00 p.m. eastern time on their Fellowship Match Day that they did not match to a program can access the List of Unfilled Programs in the R3® system.  NRMP policy prohibits the sharing of proprietary Match data and information with individuals not authorized to receive it or from posting Match data and information to any website or non-NRMP-related matching service.
  • Why does NRMP want my email address? What if I have not received any email from the NRMP?
    • Email is the primary mode of communication used by NRMP, so you need to keep email current in the Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.  Some email providers use filters to ensure that users do not receive spam (junk e-mail).  In some cases, those filters can prevent NRMP emails from getting through.  Our email address, support@nrmp.org should be added to your personal contact, address book, "Safe," or "People I Know" list. If you are not receiving email from NRMP and your provider does not offer such options, we recommend that you either contact your provider to determine the best way to access such messages or consider using an additional or replacement provider during your matching process for your primary email address.
  • How does the NRMP use Facebook and Twitter? Do I need to have accounts?
    • The NRMP posts and tweets the latest news, policy information, and deadline reminders about the Main Residency Match®.  We do not inundate followers with posts and tweets.  The NRMP is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheNRMP and its Twitter account is https://twitter.com/#!/TheNRMP. We encourage users to post their questions and comments to our social media sites, but we expect users to use good judgment when posting.  The NRMP reserves the right to remove any post at any time from our social media sites. The NRMP will continue to send email announcements and reminders to all users, so you are not obligated to register with Facebook or Twitter to stay current on Match developments.  The NRMP also posts the latest information to www.nrmp.org.