May 2022 Illuminator

Shining a Light on Match News that Matters

This issue of the Illuminator includes:

USMLE/COMLEX Score Verification

USMLE/COMLEX Score Verification for Medical School Officials and Administrators

Deadline is May 13, 2022

The NRMP asks medical school officials and administrators to verify, and update if necessary, the USMLE and COMLEX scores of students and graduates who participated in the Main Residency Match by May 13, 2022 at 5 pm ET. Score verification in the R3 system ensures that we possess the most accurate applicant data for our reports and publications, including Charting Outcomes in the Match.

Although verification is voluntary, each school that completes the score verification process will receive a Characteristics of Matched Seniors report this fall comparing the characteristics of the school’s matched senior students with national percentile information.

View our Support Guides for step-by-step instructions on how to verify scores:

MD Medical Schools

DO Medical Schools

To address confidentiality concerns, the Match Participation Agreement states that applicants authorize their medical schools to release, verify, and transmit COMLEX and USMLE test scores to NRMP. In addition, during the Match registration process, applicants may elect not to enter their scores in the R3 system and/or opt out of having their scores used for research.

NRMP Connects

The NRMP is pleased to share newsworthy initiatives and happenings within the organization and GME community to foster conversations and improve connectedness.

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to share a resource that may be of interest to you. Jake Goodman, MD, MBA, is a psychiatry resident physician and a mental health activist.

“I shared my story to be the doctor I needed to see when I was young dreaming what my life would look like as a physician. I am not a superhero. I am a doctor. I am a human being and I have struggled with mental health issues. And that’s okay.”

In addition to Dr. Goodman being a resident physician and mental health advocate, he is a social media content creator with over 1.7 million followers on his social media channels. He uses his platform to advocate for mental health and empower those experiencing mental health challenges to seek help.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Goodman, check out his personal story and mental health journey on YouTube and on his website.

NRMP does not endorse Dr. Jake Goodman but is sharing his resources for informational purposes.

NRMP Transition to Residency Conference: Proposal submission deadline is June 7

We are excited to return to an in-person NRMP Stakeholder Conference on October 6 – 8, 2022 at Coronado Island Marriott near San Diego! Early bird registration is available now through August 2, 2022. Register today! Learners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The theme of this year’s conference is Illuminating Equity in the Transition to Residency, and we are developing programming that addresses this important topic. We invite you to consider submitting abstract proposals that examine equity as well as other areas critical to the transition to residency by June 7 at 9 pm ET. Some key content areas for breakout sessions could include:

Transition from medical school to residency

  • Preparing applicants for the Match: It’s more than a rank order list
  • Toward a more holistic review: Do supplemental screening tools help? Lessons learned?
  • Coalition on Physician Accountability recommendations: One year later

Social and environmental influences

  • Disparities in healthcare: How to improve equity within the medical and medical education communities?
  • Mental health and wellness: Exploring negative thought processes among students and residents
  • Build your brand: Leveraging social media in positive ways

Innovation in projects and research

  • Informing and prioritizing DEI considerations during the transition to residency
  • Preference signaling: What we know and where it’s going  
  • The evolution of recruitment: Are virtual environments here to stay?

More detailed information about the proposal submission portal can be found on the NRMP conference website.

Meet NRMP Staff: Deirdre

Name: Deirdre Lee

How long have you worked at the NRMP? I joined the NRMP in 2005 and currently work as a Senior Compliance Analyst.

If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be? Teacher, Counselor, Cheerleader

What do you enjoy about the work you do? I enjoy the people I work with and the work that we do as an organization. I enjoy speaking with our constituents about policy/compliance questions and concerns even when the answer may not be what they want to hear. I also enjoy watching Match Day ceremonies and sharing in the excitement with our future physicians.

What passion projects do you do outside of work? I helped create and now coordinate the Instrumental Music Parent Group at our high school.

What are your hobbies? Cooking and reading cozy mysteries!

Upcoming Dates

Hand Surgery

  • May 4, 9:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Certification Deadline

Laryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery & Vascular Surgery, Vascular Neurology

  • May 11, 12:00 p.m. ET: Match Day

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Headache Medicine

  • May 18, 12:00 p.m. ET: Match Opens

Hand Surgery

  • May 18, 12:00 p.m. ET: Match Day

Radiology, Surgical Oncology

  • May 18, 11:59 p.m. ET: Program Quota Change/Withdrawal Deadline 

Careers at NRMP

NRMP is growing to meet the needs of the community. We currently have three open positions:   

  • Client Support Specialist
  • IT Manager, Workplace Technology
  • Product Manager

Coming soon – Research Statistician

For more information, please visit our Careers page. NRMP is an equal opportunity employer.