Residency Applicant Toolkit

Applicant Toolkit

Welcome to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®. This “toolkit” provides the information needed to successfully navigate the Match season and achieve the best Match experience possible.

Primary components of the Match include registration, creating and certifying a rank order list, and accessing Match results and reports. Because each task is completed using our secure and confidential Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system, the toolkit is built around the three “Rs” to ensure applicants have the information and materials needed to successfully complete each task.

Essential Tools

 Calendar Checklist


  1. Eligibility

To participate in the Main Residency Match, an applicant must meet all requirements for entry into graduate medical education (GME) as prescribed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME®) and be able to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Match. Applicants should be sure they have fulfilled all requirements in time to have them verified by their medical school or, in the case of international medical school students/graduates, by the ECFMG®.

  1. Residency Application

Most residency programs participating in the Main Residency Match use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges®. ERAS is a separate organization and thus requires a separate registration by applicants. Applicants are encouraged to rely on NRMP data reports and survey findings to learn about the success of prior applicants when choosing where to send applications.

  1. Match Registration

NRMP registration for the Main Residency Match opens on September 15. To participate, applicants must complete the registration process, electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement, and pay Match fees. This can be completed on a mobile device. Applicants who wish to participate in the Match as a couple also have additional requirements. Register by November 30 to avoid the $50 late fee.

  1. Interviews

Interviews typically begin in October and continue through January. Use the NRMP Program Rating and Interview Scheduling Manager (PRISM®) mobile app to track and rate programs. Remember that NRMP policy requires applicants and programs to provide complete, timely, and accurate information during the application, interview, and matching processes.


  1. Rank Order Lists

Ranking opens in the R3 system on January 15 and closes on February 22, 2017, the Rank Order List Deadline. Programs cannot rank you until you have completed registration. By 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, applicants MUST have a certified rank order list in the R3 system for it to be used when the matching algorithm is processed. February 22 also is the applicant withdrawal and late registration deadline.

  1. Credentials Verification

Medical school officials and the ECFMG, in the case of international medical school students/graduates, verify credentials of applicants. Applicants who are determined to be ineligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Match will be withdrawn after the Rank Order List Deadline.


  1. Match Week Preparation

Between the Rank Order List Deadline and Match Week, the NRMP takes a number of steps to ensure the accuracy of Match results. Applicants should spend that time familiarizing themselves with the Match Week schedule and Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) resources.

  1. Match Week

Match Week begins on Monday, March 13, 2017, when applicants learn if they matched to a program. For unmatched and partially matched eligible applicants, the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) also begins. Match results and SOAP participation can be accessed on a mobile device. Match Day is Friday, March 17, 2017! Join the celebration by sharing on social media a photo or video of your “Match Face” from Monday or Friday using #Match2017.

  1. Waiver Requests

If for any reason an applicant or program cannot or will not honor a binding match commitment, a waiver must be obtained from the NRMP. Applicants and program directors are not authorized to release each other from a binding commitment. Neither can an applicant discuss, interview for, or accept a position until the NRMP has granted a waiver.