September 2023 Illuminator

Shining a Light on Match News that Matters

This issue of the Illuminator includes:

The 2024 Main Residency Match Opens on September 15

The 2024 Main Residency Match opens for registration on September 15 at 12 p.m. ET. Once open, participating program directors, coordinators, medical schools, and designated institutional staff will receive an instructional email with your username (if you are a returning user to the NRMP R3 system) or a token (if you are a new user to the NRMP R3 system).

The NRMP wants to highlight a few updates to the 2024 Main Residency Match:

  • All Match participants must electronically sign the updated Match Participation Agreement as part of the registration process. The Agreements are designed to ensure a fair and equitable matching process by establishing rules all participants must follow.
  • The Codes of Conduct, which offer guidance on ways to ensure honest, transparent actions that promote equity and well-being, have been updated.
  • The Match calendars are available on the NRMP website. There is a specific calendar for each participant type – medical schools, programs/institutions, and applicants.
  • There is a comprehensive support section on the NRMP website, to help participants through the Match process.

Policy Announcement and FAQs: Application Services

The NRMP is aware of the recent announcement made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) regarding a new application service for OB/GYN applicants and programs beginning with the 2024-2025 residency application cycle. This announcement joins the ongoing efforts of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) to utilize their own application for Plastic Surgery applicants and programs (Residency Central Application). While application services are changing, all applicants and programs will continue to participate in the Main Residency Match®, ensuring optimal outcomes for all participants.

New FAQs! We appreciate the UME and GME communities likely have many questions about the pending change for OB/GYN, and we have compiled Frequently Asked Questions to help illuminate how changes in utilization of residency application services, like those initiated by ACOG, align with Match policies and processes. The NRMP will also update the community as we learn more about the application service provided through ACAPS.

NRMP® Publishes Charting Outcomes™: Demographic Characteristics of Applicants in the Specialties Matching Service®

The NRMP is pleased to publish Charting Outcomes™: Demographic Characteristics of Applicants in the Specialties Matching Service® focused on data from fellowship Match applicants in 82 subspecialties for the 2023 appointment year. 

The NRMP’s Charting Outcomes™ demographic data interactive reports for both fellowship Match and Main Residency Match applicants, represent the first among medical education organizations to take a comprehensive look at applicant demographic data characteristics as they relate specifically to preferred medical specialty choice and Match outcomes. The aim of the demographic data collection and analysis is to advance understanding of and encourage discussion about relationships among the unique characteristics of applicants, the specialties they pursue, and their experience in the Match. 

“The NRMP is excited to offer this new demographic data report as part of our robust research agenda,” says NRMP President and CEO Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN. “By making the findings available from this work to the medical education community, we believe these data will help inform efforts in understanding and increasing transparency about the matching process and improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the transition to residency.”

Read the entire press release and view the report.

Video Tutorial for Charting Outcomes Report

Want to learn how to get the most out of the Charting Outcomes™: Demographic Characteristics of Applicants in the Main Residency Match® and SOAP® report?

Check out this video tutorial from NRMP’s Director of Research Sara Balestrieri, PhD. She provides an overview of how the interactive report works, its features, and how to best utilize the report.

Call for Nominations NRMP Board of Directors

The NRMP Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the following seats:

  • Three Senior Directors
  • One Resident Physician Director
  • One Medical Student Director
    • Must be a student of an osteopathic medical school

The Board of Directors meets three times a year, usually in January, May, and October. Additional day-long meetings and conference calls are required for Board committee work.

The NRMP Board of Directors works hard to understand and respond to issues central to the Match and to ensure processes are always responsive to the needs of the GME community. The NRMP Board continues to seek out and elect individuals who can bring unique experiences and perspectives to the issues facing the organization and who represent constituencies of the academic medical community.

Please review the Board Nominations page for information about qualifications, links to online applications, and directions for submitting nominee packets. Nominations are due November 1, 2023.

NRMP News and Reminders

Introduction to the 2024 Main Residency Match for Residency Programs Webinar

The NRMP is hosting an Introduction to the 2024 Main Residency Match for Residency Programs on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 1 pm ET.

NRMP Chief of Match Operations, Jeanette Calli, and Senior Director of Policy and Compliance, David Dojcsak-Sparks, will host a webinar designed to assist program staff in administering their programs in the Main Residency Match. The webinar will cover introductory information about the Match, updates on policy changes for 2024, and support resources. A recording will be posted on the website after the webinar.

An email with additional information and registration link has been sent to program and institution staff.

Save the Date!

Fall DIO Call on November 13

The NRMP will host the upcoming fall NRMP-DIO Zoom call on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The NRMP established these calls in 2021 to occur twice a year between NRMP leadership and the DIO community to create a forum in which to discuss NRMP policies, Match activities, and issues affecting institutions and programs relevant to the transition to residency.  All DIOs registered with the NRMP will receive an invitation to the meeting in the upcoming weeks.

Since these meetings are only for the invited DIOs, please do not forward the meeting invite to others. 

NRMP’s 70th Anniversary

Building on the past, investing in the future

Check out our latest video, where a few long-term employees and Board members discuss why they chose the NRMP and how they approach their stewardship of the Match.

Watch the video

The NRMP is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a year-long campaign featuring videos highlighting NRMP’s initiatives and innovations. Check out NRMP’s 70th Anniversary webpage for the latest videos, Match photos, history of the NRMP, and more!

Transition to Residency Conference

The NRMP is excited to announce the full agenda for its Transition to Residency: Conversations Across the Medical Education Continuum conference this October in Boston, MA.  

This meeting includes four plenary sessions, Q & A with the NRMP, and breakout sessions on a range of topics that are central to understanding and strengthening the transition to residency. Among the presentations included in this year’s agenda are:

  • US DO seniors’ experiences of degree bias in the transition to residency
  • A more perfect union? Roundtable on resident unionization from trainees and program directors
  • Advising residency applicants in the era of program signaling
  • The merits of rejection in the residency application process
  • How to support international medical graduates in the transition to US medical residency
  • INFODEMIC: How prepared are we?
  • What in the world is a behaviorist? Why every program needs one

Registration ends October 2, 2023 so register today!

Upcoming Dates

Colon & Rectal Surgery, Medical Genetics, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

  • September 6, 12:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Opens

Surgical Critical Care

  • September 6, 12:00 p.m. ET: Match Day

Anesthesiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • September 13, 9:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Certification Deadline

Rehabilitation Medicine

  • September 20, 12:00 p.m. ET: Match Opens

Emergency Medicine

  • September 20, 12:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Opens

Anesthesiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • September 27, 12:00 p.m. ET: Match Day

Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match

  • September 27, 12:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Opens

Colon & Rectal Surgery, Medical Genetics, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

  • September 27, 11:59 p.m. ET: Quota Change Deadline

Careers at NRMP

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

  • Communications Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

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