Press Release: NRMP Match Week will Reveal Future for Thousands of Resident Physician Applicants

NRMP Main Residency Match continues to grow, with 2018 Match expected to be largest in history.

Washington, D.C., March 6, 2018 – March 12-16, 2018 is Match Week for the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2018 Main Residency Match®. During Match Week, thousands of medical school students and graduates from the United States and around the world will learn in which U.S. residency programs they will train for the next three to seven years.

“Match Week is an exciting rite of passage for medical students and graduates that is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication,” says Mona M. Signer, NRMP President and CEO. “NRMP is delighted to be a part of this life-changing event.”


The NRMP expects the 2018 Main Residency Match to be the largest in history, exceeding the more than 43,000 applicants who registered for the 2017 Match and the more than 31,000 positions offered last year. Results of the Main Residency Match are closely watched because they can predict future changes in the physician workforce. View reports from previous Matches

Match Week Schedule

Match Week begins on Monday, March 12, at 11:00 a.m. ET when applicants learn if they have matched to a program. Monday through Thursday, unmatched applicants participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) to try to obtain a position that did not fill when the matching algorithm was processed. Match Day is Friday, March 16, a day celebrated by U.S. allopathic medical schools around the country with Match Day ceremonies that begin at 12:00 p.m. ET. At 1:00 p.m. ET, NRMP releases the results of the Match, including the Advance Data Tables, which includes select tables from the Main Residency Match Results and Data Book that will be released in early May.

NRMP, AMA, and AAMC Match Week Celebration

The NRMP, American Medical Association (AMA), and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) are hosting online Match Week celebrations on Tagboard and YouTube, where Match participants and the medical education community will post pictures, videos, and congratulatory messages. The #Match2017 joint celebration was a top trend on Twitter on Match Day 2017.

The Match Process

For applicants, the Main Residency Match process begins in the fall during the final year of medical school, when they apply to the residency programs of their choice. Throughout the fall and early winter, applicants interview with programs. From mid-January to late February, applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference and submit the preference lists to NRMP, which processes them using a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.

About NRMP

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the annual Main Residency Match® for more than 43,000 registrants, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 60 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).

To schedule an interview with NRMP President and CEO Mona M. Signer, contact To receive an embargoed copy of the Advance Data Tables on Thursday, March 15, reporters should contact with their name, outlet, email address, and phone number. Reporters should contact local medical schools and hospitals directly for details on their Match Day ceremonies and residency program activities.