Match Agreement & Resources: Residency Applicants

The ranking of programs by an applicant and the ranking of applicants by a program director establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept a position if a match results. The same binding commitment is established during the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) in the Main Residency Match® if a program offers a position by listing an applicant on its preference list and the applicant accepts that offer.


All Match participants must electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement as part of the registration process. The Agreements are designed to ensure a fair and equitable matching process by establishing rules all participants must follow.

Download Main Residency Match Participation Agreement for Applicants


Below are resources on the policies contained in the Match Participation Agreement: