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 Rank Order Lists

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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