The matching algorithm attempts to place you in the most preferred program possible, so be sure to rank programs in order of YOUR TRUE PREFERENCE and not where you think you will match. Go for your “reach” program.
Rank only those programs where you are able and would be happy to train. Putting a program on your ROL creates a binding commitment if a match occurs, so review carefully each program’s eligibility requirements and the contract you will be expected to sign. You should receive that information from programs during the application/interview process.
Do not rank programs where you did not interview. Programs do not rank candidates they have not interviewed, and no match will occur.
Be realistic about your competiveness and the competiveness of your preferred specialty (review Charting Outcomes in the Match). Consider creating a ROL that includes a mix of competitive and less competitive specialties and programs, and be sure to include at least one “safety” program.
Do not wait until the last minute to enter your ROL in the R3® system. The servers may be overloaded and working slowly.
Do not make last minute changes to your ROL. Most such changes are not well thought out, and applicants frequently regret them.
Registration for the 2017 Main Residency Match® opens on September 15, 2016. You must complete the registration process, electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement, and pay Match fees in order to participate in the Main Residency Match. To avoid the $50 late fee, register by November 30.
Interviews typically begin in October and continue through January. NRMP policy requires applicants to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs. During this time, the credentials of applicants are verified by their medical schools or, in the case of international medical school student/graduates, by the ECFMG®. Ranking opens in the R3® system on January 15, 2017.
The Rank Order List/Applicant Registration Deadline is February 22, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You must have a certified rank order list on file in the R3 system for it to be used when the matching algorithm is processed. You also must register for or withdraw from the Main Residency Match by 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Between the Rank Order List Deadline and Match Week, the NRMP confirms the integrity and completeness of Match data, processes the matching algorithm, verifies Match results, and creates more than 42,000 individual reports for Match participants. Now that your rank order list is certified, consider how to prepare for Match Day.
Match Week begins on Monday, March 13, 2017, when applicants learn whether they matched to a program. For unmatched eligible candidates, the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) also begins. Match Day is Friday, March 17, 2017.
The NRMP is not an application service or a job placement service. Applicants must apply directly to fellowship programs in addition to registering for the Match. Check with the programs to find out how they want to receive applications. Some fellowships use AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). Others use their own application. Applicants must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each organization.
SMS Matches are conducted throughout the year, and applicants must complete the registration process in NRMP’s Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system, electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement, and pay Match fees. Applicants also must meet the prerequisites for training that are specific to their preferred specialty.
Interview dates are set by programs. NRMP policy requires applicants to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs during the application and interview process. In addition, programs are expected to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to applicants, including a copy of the contract the applicant will be expected to sign if matched to the program and all institutional/program policies for appointment to the position.
After completing interviews, a rank order list (preference list of programs) must be created and certified in the R3® system. Each SMS Match has its own Rank Order List Deadline. A rank order list must be certified by the deadline to be used when the matching algorithm is processed. Withdrawals from the Match also MUST be completed by the Rank Order List Deadline.
On Match Day for each SMS Match, applicants can log in to the R3® system at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn where they matched or, if necessary, to view the List of Unfilled Programs. A List of Unmatched Applicants also is available for programs that do not fill all positions.