Yes, you can enter a rank order list. If the NRMP receives notification from ECFMG that you have passed the required examinations (USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS), you will be included in the Main Residency Match®. If the NRMP does not receive ECFMG confirmation of passed examinations, you will be withdrawn from the Main Residency Match shortly after the Rank Order List Certification Deadline and your rank order list will NOT be used when the matching algorithm is processed.
*IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2021 MATCH: In response to the suspension of the USMLE Step 2 CS exam by the USMLE program, ECFMG|FAIMER has identified pathways that will allow qualified IMGs to meet the clinical skills requirement for ECFMG Certification. For IMGs who participate in the 2021 Match, satisfy all requirements for a pathway, and have passing performances on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK that are valid for ECFMG Certification, ECFMG will verify to the NRMP that they have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification. Please review the Requirements for ECFMG Clinical Skills Pathways for the 2021 Match for detailed information.
Yes, each partner of a couple must enroll individually in a Match and indicate in the R3® system that they wish to participate as a couple. The couple will match to the most preferred pair of programs on the rank order lists where each partner has been offered a position. Individuals must be registered in the same Match in order to be able to participate as a couple.
Applicants in the Specialties Matching Service® may log in to the Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system using their username and password at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on their Fellowship Match Day to view their Match results.
Applicants in the Main Residency Match® will learn at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday of Match Week whether they matched to a program by logging in to the R3 system with their username and password. The messages that can appear in the R3 system, are listed below. At 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday of Match Week, applicants learn where they matched by logging in to the R3 system.
Applicants will be presented with one of the following messages on Monday of Match Week:
1. Congratulations, you have matched!
This message will be displayed for applicants who
matched to a categorical, primary, or reserved (physician only) program.
matched to a PGY-1 preliminary and PGY-2 advanced program.
2. Congratulations, you have matched to an advanced position but not a preliminary-year position.
This message will be displayed for any applicant who
matched to a PGY-2 advanced position.
Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) obtain a preliminary position, if needed.
3. Congratulations, you have matched to a one year position.
This message will be displayed for any applicant who
matched to a PGY-1 preliminary position.
Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME education on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP to obtain an advanced position, if needed.
4. We are sorry, you did not match to any position.
This message will be displayed for any applicant who did not match to any program. For applicants participating as a partner of a couple, this statement also may be displayed if the applicant listed the 999999999 program code on the primary rank order list to indicate '"No Match". Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP for any category of unfilled positions.
5. You are not matched because you did not rank any programs.
This message will be displayed for any applicant who certified a rank order list with no programs. Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP for any category of unfilled positions.
The process begins with an attempt to match an applicant to the program most preferred on that applicant's rank order list (ROL). If the applicant cannot be matched to that first choice program, an attempt then is made to place the applicant into the second choice program, and so on, until the applicant obtains a tentativematch or all the applicant's choices on the ROL have been exhausted. When all applicant rank order lists have been considered, all tentative matches become final. View How the NRMP Matching Algorithm Works video
Categorical-C: programs that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the full training required for specialty board certification.
Medicine-M: categorical programs in primary care medicine and primary care pediatrics that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the full training required for specialty board certification.
Advanced-A: programs that begin in the PGY-2 year after a year of prerequisite training.
Preliminary-P: or one-year programs that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide prerequisite training for advanced programs.
Physician-R: programs that are reserved for physicians who have had prior graduate medical education. Reserved programs offer PGY-2 positions that begin in the year of the Match and thus are not available to senior medical students.
Some specialties may offer both categorical and advanced type positions. Examples are Dermatology, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Diagnostic Radiology.
The Match Participation Agreement you signed electronically when you registered for the Match states that a match between an applicant and a program creates a binding commitment to accept a position if a match results and to start training in good faith (i.e., with the intent to complete the program) on the date specified in the appointment contract. Accordingly, if you place a program on your rank order list (ROL), you must be prepared to enter training and fulfill the terms of the contract. Thus, you should list only programs where you would be willing and able to train. Review carefully all the materials and information you have on the programs where you interviewed, and leave yourself enough time to create, review, and finalize your list. And be sure the ROL you certify lists programs in order of your true training preferences.
NRMP policy requires applicants to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs. Accordingly, changes to personal, academic, or professional information that could affect your eligibility for appointment or ability to obtain licensure must be conveyed to programs, even if you already have submitted your ERAS application and/or completed program forms or documents. Failure to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs at any point in the application, interview, and/or matching process is a potential breach of the Match Participation Agreement and could subject you to a violation investigation.
Each partner of a couple can rank up to 20 unique programs, including the "No Match" option, on a primary rank order list and up to 20 unique programs on all supplemental rank order lists combined for the base registration fee. After exceeding that number, an additional charge of $30 per program will be assessed when the rank order list is certified. Because a program for one partner can be paired multiple ways with a program for the other partner, couples have great flexibility in customizing their rank order lists to suit their needs. Up to 300 unique programs, including the "No Match" option, can be listed on a ROL.
The NRMP ID is a unique identifier that you receive when you register for a Match sponsored by the NRMP. It is different from the AAMC ID, which you received from AAMC services such as ERAS®. The AAMC and NRMP are two separate organizations, so applicants must register for both ERAS and the Match.
No. The NRMP ID field is in the Personal Information section of MyERAS and can be added at any time. However, you should return to your MyERAS profile and enter your NRMP ID once you have registered for a Match and received your NRMP ID.
To register for the Main Residency Match®, you must provide the AAMC® ID number from your MyERAS application.
To register for the Specialties Matching Service® (Fellowship) Matches, an AAMC ID is not required but it is recommended. Including an AAMC ID in your Fellowship Match registration will make it easier for programs to rank you in the NRMP Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.
Up to 300 programs can be listed on a rank order list. For rank order lists with 100 or more ranks, additional fees apply. Those fees are NOT REFUNDABLE if you certify a shorter list at a later time. View current fees
Keep in mind that if you have not interviewed at a program, the program is not likely to rank you and therefore a match will not occur.
Your rank order list is confidential and never will be shared with the programs. You are the only person, other than NRMP staff, who can access your ROL unless you give your username and password to someone else.
Your User Status in the R3® system will read “Certified” when your rank order list is final. Also, the NRMP will send a confirmation to your primary email address that includes the number of programs on your primary and supplemental lists (if applicable).
Yes, your rank order list can be modified or re-ordered any number of times until 9:00 p.m. eastern time on the Rank Order List Certification Deadline, but no additions, deletions, or changes can be made to your rank order list after the deadline. If you change your certified ROL by adding, moving, or deleting a program, you must recertify it for it to be used in a Match. The R3® system does not save previous versions of your rank order list.
Fellowship applicants have access to the List of Unfilled Programs for their Match and should contact programs with available positions directly if interested. Other options (e.g., respond to vacancies posted on listservs, register with for-fee services like “Find A Resident”) also exist.
If you do not receive any interviews, you do not need to certify a rank order list, and you will be unmatched when the Match results are released.
For the Main Residency Match®, results are released on Monday of Match Week, and you will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs if you are eligible for the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®). SOAP is NOT a separate program. You MUST be registered for the Main Residency Match by the Rank Order List Certification Deadline and have your credentials verified in order to participate in SOAP. Learn more
For Fellowship Matches, results are released at 12:00 p.m. ET on Match Day, and unmatched and partially matched registered applicants will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs. You MUST be registered for the Match by the Rank Order List Certification Deadline. Learn more