July 2024 Illuminator

Shining a Light on Match News that Matters

This issue of the Illuminator includes:

Program Directory for Main Residency Match Applicants has Launched!

The NRMP® is excited to announce a publicly available Program Directory for Main Residency Match® applicants!

We highly encourage medical school advisors and faculty to share the Program Directory with Main Residency Match applicants. 

With multiple application services now available to applicants, the Program Directory provides additional support to applicants in their considerations of training this year. The Program Directory displays participating program information and the application service programs are using, where provided, for over 6,000 PGY-1 and PGY-2 programs participating in the NRMP’s Main Residency Match. Key program information also includes locations, links to the institution and program websites, NRMP program code, and program type.

We hope this resource is valuable for applicants as the 2025 Main Residency Match season begins! 

Main Residency Match Programs – Has your program’s application information been updated in the Program Directory? We emailed a survey reminder to your program director and program coordinator on June 13 requesting the information. Please complete the survey as soon as possible so we can add your application information to the Program Directory. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the NRMP support staff between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM ET at 866-653-NRMP (6767), or by email at support@nrmp.org

Results and Data: 2024 Main Residency Match Report is Available

The NRMP has published its annual Main Residency Match Results and Data report for Main Residency Match participants, stakeholders, educators, and policymakers focused on graduate medical education. The comprehensive data report documents Match outcomes by specialty and applicant type, trends in applicant match rates, applicant preferred specialty, the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®), and placement rate.

“A core aspect of NRMP’s mission is the development and distribution of data reports like Main Residency Match Results and Data that informs national conversations about the transition to residency and advances understanding of the matching process and outcomes,” says NRMP President and CEO Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN. “We are proud to provide this highly anticipated and utilized resource to Match stakeholders and those in the medical education community.”

Read the press release and download the 2024 Main Residency Match Results and Data report.

NRMP Develops Collaboration Between Application Service Providers

Since February, the NRMP has convened several meetings with the multiple providers offering application services for residency. The purpose of the meetings has focused largely on building collaborative efforts necessary to support applicants during the Match Week SOAP process. 

The NRMP recently published a summary statement on collaborative efforts to date. Read the update and the steps the NRMP is taking to ensure data integrity and confidentiality are maintained within the expanded recruitment landscape. 

New Demographic Data for the 2024 Main Residency Match

Charting Outcomes™: Demographic Characteristics of Applicants in the Main Residency Match® and SOAP® has been updated to include data for the 2024 Match year.

The report has been built using data visualization software and draws from the demographic questions asked of applicants registering for the Main Residency Match in the NRMP’s R3 system. These questions cover characteristics such as:

  • Sex assigned at birth
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Race identities
  • Hispanic/Latinx/Spanish ethnicity
  • Disability status and accommodations sought during medical school
  • Urbanicity of childhood rearing environment
  • First-generation college and medical school graduation statuses

In addition to this updated report, the NRMP has a variety of Charting Outcomes™: Interactive Data Tools for stakeholders.

2024 Stakeholder Conference Program Agenda is Available!

Planning to attend the NRMP Transition to Residency conference? Check out the recently published program agenda for information on speakers and breakout sessions! We are pleased to offer sessions on a wide range of topics and are proud to include learners and residents among presenters discussing disability inclusion in medical education as well as enhancing curriculum offerings through creation of learner leadership programs.

Be sure to also consider the NRMP’s “New to the Match” Workshop on Thursday, October 3, from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. The “New to the Match” workshop is suited for individuals who are new to the NRMP and/or their roles within the UME-GME transition and focuses on the medical school and clinical program experiences in the Match.

Haven’t registered yet? Space is limited, so register today to reserve your spot!

Welcome the New NRMP Board Members

The NRMP is proud to announce five new members have joined its Board of Directors! Please welcome:

  • Candice P. Chen, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.
  • Dakota James Marshall, rising third-year medical student at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona.
  • Maria E. Padilla, MD, FAAP, MSc, MEdL, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Executive Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Colin P. West, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, and Biostatistics at Mayo Clinic where he also serves as Director of the Program on Physician Wellbeing.
  • Acacia Williams, MD, Internal Medicine Resident at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read the announcement about the newly appointed board members.

Policy Corner: NRMP’s Commitment to Data Usage and Privacy

The NRMP takes very seriously the privacy and security of the information entrusted to us by all Match participants as well as the information collected about Match participants from other organizations. Section 14.0 of the Match Participation Agreement outlines the NRMP’s use of Match information. 

Some highlights to consider:

  • The NRMP requests, obtains, transmits, and receives identifying information about Match participants from other medical education organizations involved in the transition to residency primarily for research purposes or to ensure successful, accurate execution of a Match.
  • Joint research conducted by the NRMP that may examine individual ranking and outcomes data is done sparingly and only under strict binding terms of a confidential data sharing agreement. At no time does the NRMP allow identifiable ranking and/or Match outcomes information to be disclosed in publications, presentations, and reports. 
  • Match information contained in the NRMP’s Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system cannot be copied, distributed, posted or made publicly available. Unauthorized disclosure of information contained in the R3 system is prohibited under Match policy. 

The NRMP is committed to handling your data with integrity, discretion, and care and to ensuring all parties to a Match recognize the confidentiality of information submitted to and stored in the R3 system. If you have any questions about this or any other policy, please email policy@nrmp.org.

We are here to help ensure a successful transition into residency and fellowship training for all Match participants.

Match News and Reminders

Welcoming Two New Specialties to the 2025 Main Residency Match

The NRMP is excited to welcome General Public Health/Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine to the 2025 Main Residency Match!

The American College of Preventive Medicine has led the organizing effort on behalf of Preventive Medicine with approximately 30 programs participating in the Match.

The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Directors Association has led the organizing effort for OEM with approximately 20 programs participating.

We look forward to a successful first Match for both specialties!

Introduction to the Fellowship Match Webinar

The NRMP is hosting an Introduction to the Fellowship Match webinar on July 16, at 1 pm ET, for Fellowship Match program and institution staff.

Please join Russette Blake, Operations Supervisor, and Joy Gaabucayan, Director of Match Policy and Compliance, as they provide an overview of Match processes and policies. Learn about program staff roles and responsibilities, managing the program’s participation in the Match, ranking applicants, and policy information.

This is a biannual webinar. An email with additional details and a registration link has been sent to fellowship program and institution staff associated with a Fellowship Match that opens for registration in August through the end of the year. Another session will be provided this winter for programs associated with a Fellowship Match that opens for registration in 2025. 

Welcoming Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology to the NRMP’s Specialties Matching Service

The NRMP is excited to welcome Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology to the Specialties Matching Service (SMS). The subspecialty joins the multi-specialty Pathology Fellowship Match.

We are honored to be entrusted with the matching process for Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, and we look forward to a successful matching process.

Institutional Officials should reach out to their programs to ensure they are participating in the new Match. A new specialty newsletter with additional details will be sent to Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology programs in advance of the Match opening in February 2025.

Best Wishes!

Best wishes to the new class of residents and fellows beginning and continuing their medical training – what an incredibly exciting time and important milestone in your medical education journey!

Know your family, friends, and supporters are very proud of you and the future of medicine is bright!

NRMP Office Closed on July 25 and 26

The NRMP office will be closed beginning at 12 pm ET on Thursday, July 25, and all day on Friday, July 26, for an employee retreat. The office will reopen on Monday, July 29, at 8:30 am ET.

Upcoming Deadlines

Surgical Critical Care

  • July 3, 12:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Opens

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Headache Medicine

  • July 10, 11:59 p.m. ET: Quota Change Deadline

Pain Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • July 17, 12:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Opens

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Headache Medicine

  • July 24, 9:00 p.m. ET: Rank Order List Certification Deadline

Surgical Critical Care

  • July 31, 11:59 p.m. ET: Quota Change Deadline