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As a fellowship program director, one of my current residents has asked me for advice about other fellowship programs to which she should apply. Am I allowed to discuss programs in which she might be interested?

Yes. Restricting a program’s ability to ask applicants about the names, specialties, geographical locations, or other identifying information about programs to which applicants have or may apply is not intended to limit mentoring relationships. Residency and fellowship program directors are encouraged to help applicants and residents who seek guidance about their training plans.

Can programs use more than one application service?

NRMP policy does not prohibit programs from utilizing more than one application service or process. NRMP will require programs to notify applicants, at the beginning of the application and recruitment season, which application service or process they intend to use for both Main Residency Match and SOAP.

Do I have to register for ERAS® or the application service designated by the program 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 register for both the application service designated by…

Do I need to reapply to programs after the first SOAP round?

Programs to which you have applied have access to your application during all SOAP rounds. If you still have unused applications from your initial batch of 45, you can submit them for any remaining unfilled programs that you are interested in and have not yet applied to via ERAS. The unfilled programs list is updated…

How many applications do I get for the SOAP process?

The applications are not tied to rounds and, once an application is submitted, it can be considered by the programs during all rounds. The SOAP Offer Rounds indicate when offers are made, not when applications are reviewed by programs. NRMP is not an application service.

How will applicants who apply to OB/GYN during the algorithm phase of the 2025 Match, and go unmatched, apply to programs during SOAP?

Applicants will utilize the application service or process designated by the specialty or the program. Any residency application service that supports programs participating in the Main Residency Match will work with the NRMP to establish and/or maintain a seamless exchange of applicant information so applicants are able to move through the Match Week and SOAP…

How will I know which application service to use?

There is no change to application service or process for the 2023-2024 transition cycle, so applicants and programs will apply to and recruit for residency positions as they have in the past. Beginning with the 2024-2025 transition cycle, ACOG will communicate requirements specific to the application. However, it will be imperative that programs disclose to…

I’m applying to a specialty that offers the option of submitting preference signals to programs.  Can a program I interview with ask me about the programs I might have signaled?

No.  Programs are prohibited from asking applicants any information about the programs to which they have or may apply, and that includes whether the applicant submitted preferences signals. Program directors who ask for that information could be in violation of the Match Participation Agreement and the matter should be reported to the NRMP.

My academic, professional, and/or personal information has changed since I interviewed with programs. What should I do?

NRMP policy requires applicants to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs. Accordingly, changes to personal, academic, or professional information that could affect eligibility for appointment or ability to obtain licensure must be conveyed to programs, even if you already have submitted your application and/or completed program forms or documents. Failure to provide complete, timely, and accurate…

Will the NRMP revise its Match Participation Agreement for the Main Residency Match to reflect changes to the application process?

Historically, the NRMP has shown no preference for, or mandated applicants or programs using a particular application service or process. With the onset of the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) in 2012, the NRMP modified its Match Participation Agreements to identify the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) as the required application service during Match…

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.  

Do I need to provide the NRMP program code for our program to the applicants?

It is important to provide applicants your NRMP program code to assist them in ranking your program, especially if you have multiple program tracks or types. NRMP provides a search function for applicants to search for the programs they wish to rank. However, institutions may have similar names or multiple tracks in a specialty which…

I’m applying to a specialty that offers the option of submitting preference signals to programs.  Can a program I interview with ask me about the programs I might have signaled?

No.  Programs are prohibited from asking applicants any information about the programs to which they have or may apply, and that includes whether the applicant submitted preferences signals. Program directors who ask for that information could be in violation of the Match Participation Agreement and the matter should be reported to the NRMP.

My academic, professional, and/or personal information has changed since I interviewed with programs. What should I do?

NRMP policy requires applicants to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs. Accordingly, changes to personal, academic, or professional information that could affect eligibility for appointment or ability to obtain licensure must be conveyed to programs, even if you already have submitted your application and/or completed program forms or documents. Failure to provide complete, timely, and accurate…

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. 

Do I need a supplemental rank order list?

Applicants participating in the Main Residency Match can submit a primary rank order list (ROL) with a combination of categorical, preliminary, and advanced programs. Those who rank advanced (PGY-2 level) programs on their primary ROLs also can submit supplemental ROLs of preliminary PGY-1 programs that are linked to one or more advanced programs on the…

How is the NRMP program code determined?

Every program participating in an NRMP Match has a unique 9-11 character code constructed in the following manner: Characters 1-4: the institution code Characters 5-7: the ACGME specialty code Character 8: program type letter Characters 9-11: track number (track number will be “0” unless an institution has more than one program in a specialty of…

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?

No. If the algorithm has matched you to an advanced position on your primary ROL and is not able to match you to a preliminary position on your linked supplemental ROL, it will not keep going down your list. In that case, you are committed to the advanced position and must seek a qualifying first-year…

What is a Joint Advanced/Preliminary program?

In a Joint A/P arrangement, applicants can only rank the joint preliminary PGY-1 program on a supplemental rank order list if that list is attached to the joint advanced PGY-2 program on the primary rank order list. Only applicants who rank the advanced program can rank the joined preliminary program, and only applicants who match to…

What is a supplemental rank order list?

An applicant participating in the Main Residency Match who is ranking advanced programs (PGY-2 programs that begin in the year after the Match), can submit supplemental rank order lists linked to the advanced programs on their primary rank order list. These supplemental lists will contain preliminary PGY-1 programs that the applicant would like to match…

Are programs required to obtain a signed (electronic or written) acknowledgement of institution and program policies and eligibility requirements from all applicants or only those who interview with the program?

Programs shall obtain signed (electronic or written) acknowledgement of receipt from all applicants they interview. Programs are not required to obtain the signature of applicants they did not interview; however, programs should ensure the information is made available via electronic (website) or written means. 

Can I participate in both the NRMP’s Main Residency Match® and CaRMS?

Yes, NRMP has an agreement with CaRMS that permits applicants to participate in both the Canadian and U.S. Matches. Under this agreement, mutual applicants matched in whichever country runs its match first are removed from the other organization’s match. In 2024, the NRMP and CaRMS schedules overlap, with the NRMP Match results released first. CaRMS…

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…

I obtained a position in the Main Residency Match®, but I just learned that I will not graduate in time to begin training on July 1. What should I do?

The Match Participation Agreement states that applicants must meet ACGME® and institutional requirements prior to the start of training in order to be eligible for their matched positions.  If you learn you are ineligible to honor your binding commitment, you must immediately submit to the NRMP a request for a waiver of your match commitment .  You also…

Is my program eligible to participate in the Main Residency Match?

To participate in the Main Residency Match, a program must be either accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME®); or a combined program that is approved or recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or by the respective specialty board that is responsible for board certification of residents who successfully complete…

Is my program eligible to participate in the Specialties Matching Service?

To be eligible to offer positions through a Specialties Matching Service® Fellowship Match, programs in a specialty must meet at least one of the following criteria: accredited by the ACGME or another entity deemed acceptable to NRMP; affiliated with an ACGME-accredited program in the primary discipline; or lead to certification or endorsement and oversight by a…

How do I review the results of the Match for my program?

Program results are released in the R3 system and sent via email. You can view your program results in the R3 system by accessing the Confidential Roster of Program’s Matched Applicants report on your Match home page when the results are released. To view where the applicants you ranked matched, access the Match Results by…

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. The SOAP participation indicator MUST be set…

How do I update my institutional administrator?

The update of a new institutional administrator (IA) can be made by your GME office institutional official. Please see the Adding & Maintaining Institutional Administrators support guide in the R3 system for detailed instructions. Alternately, NRMP can make the change if the institutional official contacts us via email. If you would like NRMP to make…

How do I update my institutional official?

The update of a new institutional official (IO) must be made by the NRMP. Requests for updates to the institutional official must be made in writing and submitted via email to support@nrmp.org. The IO should be the designated ACGME DIO for the institution. To make the change, the current IO or institutional administrator must provide…

How do I update the program director for a program?

Updating the program director for a program can be done by the institutional official or administrator. Alternately, if the program director already has been updated through the ACGME, the NRMP can make the change if some additional information is provided. If the update is being made by the IO or IA, please see the Adding…

Is my R3 system login for my program or just for me?

User accounts in the R3 system are assigned to individual users, not programs. Each user (PD and PC) must have their own user account and each must sign the Match Participation Agreement. Each user of the R3 system should have a unique username and password that should not be shared with other individuals. Use of…

Why would a program want to have a reversion?

The R3 system offers institutions the option to revert, or donate, unfilled positions in one program to another during the matching process. If a donor program does not fill its quota, a designated number (equal to, or less than, the quota) of its unfilled positions can be added automatically to the quota of a receiver…

How does the matching algorithm work?

The process begins with an attempt to match an applicant to the program most preferred on that applicant’s rank order list (ROL). If the applicant cannot be matched to that first choice program, an attempt then is made to place the applicant into the second choice program, and so on, until the applicant obtains a tentative match…

What happens between Rank Order List Deadline and Match Day?

Between the Rank Order List Certification Deadline and Match Day, the NRMP conducts a rigorous review of Match data, including: Assessing and confirming the integrity of the data Conducting a final verification of applicants’ credentials Withdrawing applicants who are ineligible for the Match Transferring the data from the R3® system to the matching algorithm module, rechecking the data,…