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Do I need to verify my students and graduates for participation in the Main Residency Match?

Medical school officials/administrators (SO/SA) are required to verify the graduation credentials of their students and prior-year gradautes to participate in the Main Residency Match and Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). Credentials vertification is an important task: only students and graduates who are verified as eligible to enter graduate medical education (GME) on July 1…

Should I rank all the programs at which I interviewed?

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.…

If I match to an advanced program on my primary rank order list (ROL), but do not match to one of the linked preliminary programs on my supplemental list, will the algorithm keep going down my list to match me to both position types?

It is possible for you to match to an advanced program on your primary ROL but not to a preliminary program on the linked supplemental ROL. In that case, you are still is committed to the advanced position and must seek a qualifying first-year position during the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®)…

Do I have to register for ERAS and NRMP to participate in the Match?

Most residency programs participating in the Main Residency Match and many fellowships participating in the Specialties Matching Service use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges® (AAMC). ERAS is a separate organization and thus requires a separate registration by applicants. You must also register with the NRMP to participate in the…

Should I rank all the programs at which I interviewed?

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 I have to register for ERAS and NRMP to participate in the Match?

Most residency programs participating in the Main Residency Match and many fellowships participating in the Specialties Matching Service use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges® (AAMC). ERAS is a separate organization and thus requires a separate registration by applicants. You must also register with the NRMP to participate in the…

What requirements for ECFMG certification must I complete to be eligible to participate in the Main Residency Match?

The NRMP will send the list of IMG applicants who have registered for the Main Residency Match to the ECFMG once a week after the Match opens for registration. ECFMG will send back to NRMP whether or not the applicant has completed the necessary medical science examination, clinical skills, and communication skills requirements for ECFMG…

When should programs provide institutional policies, program policies, and eligibility requirements to applicants?

Information pertaining to institutional policies, program policies, and eligibility requirements should be made available to all applicants when the Match and AAMC ERAS (or other) application service opens. This can be easily accomplished by posting the information to the program’s website. Policy information and eligibility requirements must be provided to all applicants who interview with a program prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline or offer made during SOAP.

My institution requires all employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Can we directly ask an applicant their vaccination status?

Programs are advised to direct this question to their institution’s GME office or human resources department. If pre-employment criteria requires that all employees be vaccinated for COVID-19, the program must provide that specific eligibility requirement along with all other eligibility requirements to the applicants who interview with the program prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline or offer made during SOAP. 

Can programs ask applicants what gender-associated pronoun(s) they prefer?

Programs are advised to direct this question to their institution’s GME office or human resources department. Programs may not require applicants to disclose their identified pronoun(s). Programs may allow an applicant to provide their preferred pronoun(s) should the applicant wish to volunteer that information. The NRMP encourages programs to use more inclusive and gender-neutral language when communicating.  

What changes to my program have to be approved by the insitutional official?

Institutional officials are responsible for approving changes in the R3 system for each of the institution’s Match-participating programs. Program changes requiring approval include: Changing the quota, or number of positions to be filled Entering or changing reversions to donate unfilled positions to another program or program track Withdrawing or reinstating a program Selecting or changing…

What is a Joint Advanced/Preliminary program?

The R3 system offers institutions and programs in the Main Residency Match the option to link an advanced PGY-2 program with a preliminary PGY-1 program to create a full course of training at the same institution for applicants interested in specialties that begin in the PGY-2 year.  In “joining” an advanced (A) PGY-2 program to a…

Can a program coordinator enter and certify the rank order list for a program?

A program coordinator can create, view, and edit rank order lists. A program coordinator cannot certify rank order lists and is prohibited by the NRMP from assuming that responsibility. Use of a program director’s username and password by the program coordinator to access the R3 system is a breach of the Match Participation Agreement and could…

When should programs provide institutional policies, program policies, and eligibility requirements to applicants?

Information pertaining to institutional policies, program policies, and eligibility requirements should be made available to all applicants when the Match and AAMC ERAS (or other) application service opens. This can be easily accomplished by posting the information to the program’s website. Policy information and eligibility requirements must be provided to all applicants who interview with a program prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline or offer made during SOAP.

My institution requires all employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Can we directly ask an applicant their vaccination status?

Programs are advised to direct this question to their institution’s GME office or human resources department. If pre-employment criteria requires that all employees be vaccinated for COVID-19, the program must provide that specific eligibility requirement along with all other eligibility requirements to the applicants who interview with the program prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline or offer made during SOAP. 

Can programs ask applicants what gender-associated pronoun(s) they prefer?

Programs are advised to direct this question to their institution’s GME office or human resources department. Programs may not require applicants to disclose their identified pronoun(s). Programs may allow an applicant to provide their preferred pronoun(s) should the applicant wish to volunteer that information. The NRMP encourages programs to use more inclusive and gender-neutral language when communicating.  

How do I set my SOAP participation status?

In order to participate in SOAP, program directors must set their SOAP participation status to “YES” on the SOAP Participation tab accessible through their Program Details page in the R3 system. Program directors can begin setting their SOAP participation indicator when the Main Residency Match opens for registration on September 15th. The SOAP participation indicator…

What changes to my program have to be approved by the insitutional official?

Institutional officials are responsible for approving changes in the R3 system for each of the institution’s Match-participating programs. Program changes requiring approval include: Changing the quota, or number of positions to be filled Entering or changing reversions to donate unfilled positions to another program or program track Withdrawing or reinstating a program Selecting or changing…

What is a Joint Advanced/Preliminary program?

The R3 system offers institutions and programs in the Main Residency Match the option to link an advanced PGY-2 program with a preliminary PGY-1 program to create a full course of training at the same institution for applicants interested in specialties that begin in the PGY-2 year.  In “joining” an advanced (A) PGY-2 program to a…

Can a program coordinator enter and certify the rank order list for a program?

A program coordinator can create, view, and edit rank order lists. A program coordinator cannot certify rank order lists and is prohibited by the NRMP from assuming that responsibility. Use of a program director’s username and password by the program coordinator to access the R3 system is a breach of the Match Participation Agreement and could…

How do I update my school administrator?

The update of a new school administrator (SA) can be made by the school official or the NRMP if some additional information is provided. For the school official to make the update, please see the Adding and Maintaining School Administrators support guide for detailed instructions. For the NRMP to make the update, the school official…

How Do I update my school official?

The update of a new school official (SO) must be made by the NRMP. For the NRMP to make the update, the current SO or the school administrator will need to send an email to support@nrmp.org and provide the following information: Medical School Information New School Official’s Full Name New School Officials’ Date of Birth…

Do I need to verify my students and graduates for participation in the Main Residency Match?

Medical school officials/administrators (SO/SA) are required to verify the graduation credentials of their students and prior-year gradautes to participate in the Main Residency Match and Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). Credentials vertification is an important task: only students and graduates who are verified as eligible to enter graduate medical education (GME) on July 1…