Ranking Applicants

rankingAfter registering for a Match and completing interviews, program directors submit to the NRMP a list of applicants, ranked in order of preference, whom they have interviewed and wish to train. At the same time, applicants submit to the NRMP a list of programs, ranked in order of preference, where they wish to train. It is the final preferences of applicants and program directors, as expressed on their rank order lists (ROLs), that determines the Match outcome.

ROLs are created and certified electronically in the NRMP Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system. ROLs must be saved after each change, and only the most recent version of a ROL is saved.

Other options that program directors can consider:

  • Program directors can revert, or donate, unfilled positions from one program to another designated program.
  • Program directors in the Main Residency Match® can create joint advanced/preliminary – Joint A/P –  programs that limit enrollment in a preliminary program to applicants who match to a designated advanced program. Joint A/P programs must be created in the R3 system before ranking opens.

Rank Order List Certification Deadline

Changes CANNOT be made after 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the Rank Order List Certification Deadline, and only certified lists will be used in a Match. NRMP will not add, delete, or move applicants or in any way modify a rank order list at any time.

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