About the National Resident Matching Program

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®), also known as The Match®, is an independent, non-profit organization whose responsibility is to place the nation’s medical school talent into clinical training programs, ensuring a steady pipeline of highly qualified professionals are building the necessary skills to care for patients across the country. The Match is unique among national medical education organizations: it actively engages with young physicians and training programs by giving them equal agency and voice in the recruitment and selection process.

With its proprietary algorithm, itself the subject and study of Nobe- Prize-winning research, the NRMP has built one of the most stable matching markets in the world. It encourages applicants and training programs to honestly identify where and who they want to train; offers unbiased space and ample time for applicants and programs to strategically consider their training options; and maintains advanced, secure technology for the confidential ranking of preferences. Match outcomes are accurate and the process stable because participants control who and how their preferences for training are ranked.

Our Mission

To match healthcare professionals to graduate medical education and advanced training programs through a process that is fair, equitable, efficient, transparent, and reliable.

To provide meaningful and accessible Match data and analysis to stakeholders.

Our Vision

The NRMP is the trusted global provider of matching services for healthcare professionals and the premier Match data resource.

Our Purpose

The NRMP was established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors.

Today, the NRMP manages the Main Residency Match® for core residency training in nearly all accredited specialties and the Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®) for advanced fellowship training. It meets the needs of more than 60,000 domestic and international medical students and graduates annually who compete for more than 40,000 clinical training positions. Given its unique role, the NRMP is able to provide unparalleled data resources and research to the graduate medical community and beyond, informing efforts to improve the diversity of the physician workforce and highlighting geographic distribution of physicians and specialties across the nation.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? The NRMP’s rich history shows its success at growing and evolving to continually meet the needs of applicants, programs, institutions, and medical schools.

Board of Directors

The NRMP is governed by a Board of Directors that includes medical school deans, program directors, residents and fellows, and non-physician members.

Annual Reports