Match Update: Fourth Offer Round Added to the 2021 SOAP Process
June 23, 2020
The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) is the process during Match Week for the Main Residency Match whereby positions left unfilled after the matching algorithm has been processed are offered to eligible, unmatched and partially matched applicants through a series of offer rounds. Since the 2017 Match, SOAP has included three offer rounds; however, because of the increasing number of unfilled positions that have remained at the end of SOAP in recent years and the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming application and Match season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NRMP has decided to add an additional, fourth offer round to the SOAP process.
The additional SOAP offer round will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week and end at 2:00 p.m. ET. SOAP will now conclude at 3:00 p.m. ET with the posting of the final List of Unfilled Programs in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system. Please be aware that all SOAP communication and policies within the Match Participation Agreement will remain in place through the conclusion of SOAP at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week.
For more information, view the following schedule and calendar: