To be eligible to offer positions through a Specialties Matching Service® Fellowship Match, programs in a specialty must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- accredited by the ACGME or another entity deemed acceptable to NRMP;
- affiliated with an ACGME-accredited program in the primary discipline; or
- lead to certification or endorsement and oversight by a board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS®).
NRMP may be selective in determining which programs are eligible to participate in the SMS for that specialty. When executing the NRMP Program Directors’ Annual Participation Agreement, Fellowship Match sponsors commit to active participation of at least 75 percent of the groups’ eligible programs and a minimum of 75 percent of all available positions in the specialty for a given year.