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  • 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 Monday of Match Week that they are 1) unmatched or partially matched and 2) eligible to enter graduate medical education on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match can participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) and access to the List of Unfilled Programs.
  • I already registered with ERAS®. Do I still need to register with the NRMP?
    • Yes, ERAS and NRMP are two separate organizations and applicants must register for both services.
  • I am an osteopathic graduate, and my Verification Status says NOT VERIFIED. What does that mean?
    • If you are a graduate of a U.S. allopathic, U.S. osteopathic, or Canadian medical school or a student/graduate of a Fifth Pathway program and your Verification Status indicates NOT VERIFIED, your medical school has not yet determined that you will be eligible to enter graduate medical education programs on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match®.  Your medical school has until the Rank Order List Deadline to verify your Verification Status.
  • I am an international medical graduate, and my Verification Status in the R3® system says NOT VERIFIED. What does that mean?
    • After registration opens for the Main Residency Match®, the NRMP contacts ECFMG® once each week to verify whether the applicant has passed USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS.  The ECFMG must verify this information by the Rank Order List Deadline for you to participate in the Main Residency Match.  Once ECFMG verifies this information with the NRMP, your status will change to VERIFIED.
  • Does the NRMP verify my ECFMG® certification?
    • No. The NRMP verifies with ECFMG that you have passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS of the USMLE exams, which are required for you to participate in the Main Residency Match.  The NRMP does NOT verify your ECFMG certification status.
  • 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 Deadline and your rank order list will NOT be used when the matching algorithm is processed.  If the NRMP receives ECFMG confirmation of passed examinations prior to Match Week, you will be eligible to participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®).
  • Are institutions/programs required to provide information about the appointment contract and conditions of employment?
    • Yes. The Match Participation Agreement for Applicants and Programs requires programs 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 on visa status and eligibility for appointment. The information must be communicated to interviewees prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline. Recognizing that many appointment contracts are lengthy and that others may not contain all of the institution's relevant policies, an acceptable alternative is to post the contract and policies on the institution's website and notify interviewees where the information may be found. The signed acknowledgment should include a statement that the interviewee was notified that the information is posted on the institution’s website.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.