How a Match Works
Ensuring NRMP Emails Reach Your Institution

Email is the primary form of communication used by the NRMP; accordingly, it is important for sponsoring institutions and medical schools to ensure NRMP emails are received by Match-participating staff in a timely manner. NRMP emails should be marked as “safe.” Details for IT departments can be found below. NRMP Domains Email from the NRMP […]

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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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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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Matching Algorithm

The NRMP uses a mathematical algorithm to place applicants into residency and fellowship positions. The algorithm is “applicant-proposing”, and as a result, no applicant could obtain a better outcome than the one produced by the algorithm.

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Applicants: 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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Institutions, Programs, Schools: How to Register for a Match

Learn how to register and what needs to be done each year at the beginning of a Match.

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Orientation Kit for New ACGME-Accredited Osteopathic Programs

Welcome to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®), also known as The Match®, and congratulations on achieving ACGME accreditation. The NRMP’s Main Residency Match® encompasses more than 42,000 applicants and 30,000 positions. In addition, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 60 subspecialties through the Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®). Setting Up Your Program All […]

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Applicants: About Rank Order Lists

It is the final preferences of applicants and program directors, as expressed on their rank order lists (ROLs), that determines the Match outcome. When a ROL is complete, it must be certified in order to be included when the matching algorithm is processed.

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Matching as a Couple

The NRMP permits individuals who register for the same 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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Programs: About Rank Order Lists

It is the final preferences of applicants and program directors, as expressed on their rank order lists (ROLs), that determines the Match outcome. When a ROL is complete, it must be certified in order to be included when the matching algorithm is processed.

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The Match® Terms and Topics

A-D | E-O | P-R | S-Z Print version (PDF) AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges. AAMC represents allopathic medical schools located in the U.S. AAMC ID The AAMC ID is a unique identification number assigned by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to students, residents, and others who register with a service it […]

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Roles and Responsibilities

Once an institution, program, or medical school is added to the Match by the NRMP, users in the roles described below will register for an account in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system and agree to the Match Participation Agreement. The user account will provide administrative rights to manage the functions relevant to a […]

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