Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®)

The Basics: How SOAP Works

NRMP boxDuring Match Week, unmatched and partially matched applicants registered for the Main Residency Match® with verified credentials may participate in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) to try to obtain an unfilled residency position.

  • Applicants express preferences by applying to programs using ERAS®.
  • Based upon the ERAS applications they receive, program directors create preference lists of applicants in the Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.
  • The R3 system offers positions to applicants in a series of rounds in order of each program’s preference list and according to the number of unfilled positions remaining in the program during each round.
  • Applicants can receive multiple offers in any round and have two hours to accept or reject an offer.
  • SOAP® concludes at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week.
  • The dynamic List of Unfilled Programs will be available in the R3 system beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week for ALL unmatched applicants, regardless of SOAP® participation status.  All programs will be shown, including those that did not participate in SOAP.  Program directors can update the number of unfilled positions as they are filled.

View How a SOAP Round Works

Key Policy Reminder: Positions offered and accepted during SOAP establish a binding commitment enforced by the Match Participation Agreement.

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