Match Process
The Registration, Ranking and Results (R3) System

The R3 system is the application through which all NRMP Matches are managed. The R3 system maintains the highest level of security and can be used with any computer with access to the Internet.

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How to Register for a Match

Registration for an NRMP Match requires completing an eleven-step registration process that includes reading and electronically signing the Match Participation Agreement and paying the registration fee.

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Match Algorithm

The NRMP uses a mathematical algorithm to place applicants into residency and fellowship positions. The process begins with an attempt to match an applicant to the program most preferred on that applicant’s rank order list.

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Match Fees

NRMP Matches require payment of a nominal fee at the time of registration. All Match fees, including couples fees, are non-refundable and must be paid in full prior to submitting a rank order list.

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Couples in the Match

The NRMP permits individuals who register for a Match to participate as a couple. The couple will match to the most preferred pair of programs on the rank order lists where each partner as been offered a position.

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About ROL

A rank order list, or ROL, allows applicants and program directors to attempt to match for training. ROLs for Matches conducted by the NRMP are submitted electronically via the secure R3 system.

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Create and Certify ROL Programs

All programs must be registered for a Match and have approved access to the R3 system in order to create a ROL. When a ROL is complete, it must be certified in order to be included when the matching algorithm is processed.

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Impact of ROL Length

The NRMP collects data on the relationship between the average length of ROLs of filled and unfilled programs and matched and unmatched applicants. Data shows that filled programs and matched applicants have longer ROLs.

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Tips and Reminders

The NRMP has a list of recommendations for applicants and programs to consider when creating and certifying their rank order lists. That list includes reviewing data publications and observing Match deadlines.

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Create and Certify ROL Applicants

All applicants must be registered for a Match and have approved access to the R3 system in order to create a ROL. When a ROL is complete, it must be certified in order to be included when the matching algorithm is processed.

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About

Background The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1952 by medical students seeking to standardize the residency selection process and establish a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) training programs. It is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representatives from national medical and […]

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About Match Data

Data and Reports The NRMP has developed a highly reputable collection of reports and publications that inform and advance the matching process for both applicants and GME program directors.  The NRMP’s data and research efforts also: Assist Match applicants in making informed decisions about their competiveness as candidates in their preferred specialties Educate Match participants […]

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About ROL

A rank order list, or ROL, allows applicants and program directors to attempt to match for training. ROLs for Matches conducted by the NRMP are submitted electronically via the secure R3 system.

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All In Policy

The NRMP All In Policy requires any program participating in the Main Residency Match to register and attempt to fill positions through the Main Residency Match or another national matching plan.

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Applicant Match Tips

What Applicants Should Know and Do The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) seeks to maintain the highest professional standards in the conduct of its Matching Program and expects all applicants and programs to conduct their affairs in a professionally responsible manner. Applicants must understand the policies that govern the matching process as well as their […]

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Board of Directors

OFFICERS President Hal B. Jenson, M.D., M.B.A. Founding Dean, Western Michigan University School of Medicine President-Designate Maria C. Savoia, M.D. Dean for Medical Education, University of California San Diego Secretary/Treasurer Glenn A. Fosdick, F.A.C.H.E. President/Chief Executive Officer, The Nebraska Medical Center Executive Director Mona M. Signer, M.P.H. National Resident Matching Program DIRECTORS C. Bruce Alexander, […]

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Careers at NRMP

We welcome your interest in joining the NRMP team.  We offer a competitive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, professional environment.  The NRMP is headquartered in Washington DC, within easy access to public transportation. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workforce. Following are current career opportunities […]

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Codes and Types

PROGRAM CODES AND TYPES Code: Every program participating in an NRMP Match has a unique 9-character code constructed in the following manner: Characters 1-4: the institution code Characters 5-7: the ACGME specialty code Character 8: program type letter Character 9: track number (track number will be “0″ unless an institution has more than one program […]

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