Yes. The Match Participation Agreement for Applicants and Programs requires programs to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to interviewees, including a copy of the contract the applicant will be expected to sign if matched to the program and the institution's policies on visa status and eligibility for appointment. The information must be communicated to interviewees prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline. Recognizing that many appointment contracts are lengthy and that others may not contain all of the institution's relevant policies, an acceptable alternative is to post the contract and policies on the institution's website and notify interviewees where the information may be found. The signed acknowledgment should include a statement that the interviewee was notified that the information is posted on the institution’s website.
No. The Match Participation Agreement states that applicants are free at all times to keep confidential the names or identities of programs to which they have or may apply. A program director may not request the names, specialties, geographic location, or other identifying information about programs to which an applicant has or may apply. Programs that ask that information of applicants may be subject to a violation investigation.
Limiting questions about other programs protects and respects an applicant’s right to privacy and minimizes undue or unwarranted pressure. In addition, programs are encouraged to submit rank order lists that are based on applicants’ credentials and goodness of fit for the program rather than the likelihood of the applicant ranking the program. Programs still can ask applicants about any information in their applications, including why the applicant prefers a specific program or specialty. And applicants may volunteer information about other programs if they choose to do so. Where else an applicant is applying is not considered a primary determinant of the applicant’s fit in a program.
No. The restriction on questions about applicants’ interviewing behaviors includes geographic region; however, programs can ask applicants why they are interested in the city or state where that program is located.
A program can change program quotas until the Quota Change Deadline at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. After that date, quotas can only be changed in cases of extreme emergency (i.e. loss of funding, loss of accreditation, closing institution). Remember that all quota changes must be approved by the institutional official.
Program directors can register for the Main Residency Match® until the Rank Order List Certification Deadline, but the program must be activated for Match participation no later than the Quota Change Deadline. Under the All In Policy, programs planning to participate in the Main Residency Match cannot offer positions outside the Main Residency Match prior to program director registration and program activation. Once a position has been offered outside the Main Residency Match, the program no longer is eligible to enroll in The Match unless the position offered is one that qualifies for an exception under the All In Policy.
Program changes can be made in the R3® system by the program director, but they must be approved by the institutional official. Program quotas cannot be changed after the Quota Change Deadline except in cases of extreme emergency.
Please also note that the ability of institutional officials and program directors to change program quotas for the Main Residency Match®does not relieve them of their responsibility to register and attempt to fill all positions through the Main Residency Match. The NRMP will regularly monitor the compliance of Match-participating programs in registering and attempting to fill all of their positions through the Main Residency Match.
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
When you have entered all of your ranks, click the “Certify” button and enter your password. Your Program Status will read CERTIFIED to indicate that you have finished your rank order list. If changes are made to a certified ROL, it must be re-certified.
Yes, you can print a ROL at any step during the process by using the web browser button. You also can open a printer-friendly version of your ROL by using the View/Print ROL link that appears on the My Rank Order List page under the Options heading.
Yes, your rank order list can be modified or re-ordered any number of times up until 9:00 p.m. eastern time on the Rank Order List Certification Deadline. Programs in the middle of a session at 9:00 p.m. will not be able to complete their session and will be forced off the server. Do not to wait until the last minute to enter or certify a rank order list so as to avoid any problems at the deadline.
If a certified ROL is changed by adding, moving, or deleting an applicant, it must be recertified to be used in a Match. Previous versions of rank order lists are NOT saved in the R3® system. No changes can be made to a rank order list after the Rank Order List Deadline, nor will the NRMP add, delete, or in any way modify a rank order list.