Match Agreements & Resources

Know the Rules

The ranking of applicants by a program director and the ranking of programs by an applicant establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept a position if a match results. The same binding commitment is established during the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) in the Main Residency Match® if a program offers a position by listing an applicant on its preference list and the applicant accepts that offer.

MATCH PARTICIPATION AGREEMENTS

All Match participants must electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement as part of the registration process. The Agreements are designed to ensure a fair and equitable matching process by establishing rules all participants must follow.

Institutions

  • Download Match Participation Agreement for Institutions for all Matches Opening after June 30, 2016
  • Download Match Participation Agreement for Institutions for all Matches Opening after June 30, 2015

Main Residency Match

  • Download Match Participation Agreement for Applicants and Programs
  • Download Match Participation Agreement for Medical Schools

Specialties Matching Service®

  • Download Specialties Matching Service Match Participation Agreement between Applicants and Programs for all Matches Opening after June 30, 2016
  • Download Specialties Matching Service Match Participation Agreement between Applicants and Programs for all Matches Opening after June 30, 2015

NRMP Policies

Resources

Match Participation Agreement and policy resources are available for applicants, medical schools, programs, and institutions under Residency and Fellowship.