Medical School Officials
All U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, along with Canadian medical schools, are responsible for verifying their students’ and graduates’ credentials and participation status in the Main Residency Match®.

Key responsibilities

  • Verify by the Rank Order List Deadline students’ and graduates’ eligibility to enter graduate medical education on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match.
  • Verify by the SOAP® Verification Deadline the SOAP eligibility of the school’s students and graduates.

Main Residency Match Events

Sep 15

Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. ET

Nov 30

Applicant Early Registration Deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET

Applicants registering after November 30 will be charged a late fee

Jan 15

Rank order list entry begins at 12:00 p.m. ET for all users

Jan 31

Quota Change/Withdrawal Deadline for programs at 11:59 p.m. ET

SOAP Participation Verification Deadline for programs at 11:59 p.m. ET

Feb 25

Rank Order List Deadline/Applicant Late Registration Deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET

Rank order lists must be certified by 9:00 p.m. ET.

Applicants must register for or withdraw from the Main Residency Match by 9:00 p.m. ET

Mar 16

Match Week begins (detailed Match Week schedule here)

Mar 19

Program directors receive their Confidential Roster of Matched Applicants

SOAP concludes at 5:00 p.m. ET

Mar 20

Match Day! Match results released in R3® system at 1:00 p.m. ET.


  • Immediately revoke the school's sponsorship of any applicant who is determined to be ineligible to enter graduate medical education on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match and notify the NRMP of that action in the R3 system prior to the Rank Order List Deadline.
  • Do not share the List of Unfilled Programs with any individual who is not eligible for SOAP or who is not registered for the Main Residency Match.
  • Do not initiate contact on behalf of any SOAP-eligible or SOAP-ineligible unmatched applicant prior to contact from directors of unfilled programs during Match Week.


I received an email about the R3® system. How do I use the token number I was assigned?
First-time users of the new version of the R3 system receive via email a one-time-use token number that must be changed to a username and password of the user's own choosing.  To access the R3 system:
  • Use the link embedded in the token assignment email or select Login from the top navigation bar and select the desired Match.
  • Under Option 3 on the login page - Token Redemption - enter your assigned token number and email address.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to create a unique username and password of your choice.
  • Re-login to the R3 system to complete the registration process!
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