Can our three-year medical education pathway program inform students that they will have a “direct progression” to a residency specialty once they complete the three-year medical education program?

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Applicants, schools, and Match-participating residency training programs may not enter into verbal or written agreements with students for positions outside of the Match. “Direct progression” implies that the school and program guarantee placement, which is a Match violation. Phrases like “directed pathway,” “positioned to match,” or “highly ranked” may be considered when communicating with students.

Match participants who would like to talk to the NRMP about the policy may contact the NRMP Policy office at