Match Day 2013

Match Day 2013 is just around the corner (March 15)! See below for the Match Day 2012 video. For those students who aren’t quite sure what the Match is, here is information straight from the National Residency Matching Program website:

The NRMP Main Residency Match provides an impartial venue for matching applicants’ preferences for residency positions with program directors’ preferences for applicants. Each year approximately 16,000 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and 15,000 graduates of osteopathic, Canadian or foreign medical schools compete for approximately 24,000 residency positions.

There are four categories of programs participating in the Main Residency Match:

Categorical(C) programs begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the training required for board certification in medical specialties. Categorical programs in primary care medicine and primary care pediatrics are designated by (M) to distinguish them from regular medicine and pediatrics programs.

Advanced(A) programs that begin in the PGY-2 year after a year of prerequisite training.

Preliminary (P) or one-year programs beginning the PGY-1 year and provide prerequisite training for advanced programs.

Physician (R) programs are reserved for physicians who have had prior graduate medical education. Physician programs are not available to senior U.S. medical students.

The NRMP is not an application service or a job placement service. Applicants must apply directly to residency programs in addition to registering for the Match. Most programs participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which transmits residency applications to program directors via the Internet. Applicants must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each.

How the Matching Algorithm Works:

The NRMP matching algorithm uses the preferences expressed in the rank order lists submitted by applicants and programs to place individuals into positions. The process begins with an attempt to place an applicant into the program indicated as most preferred on that applicant’s list. If the applicant cannot be matched to this first choice program, an attempt is then made to place the applicant into the second choice program, and so on, until the applicant obtains a tentative match, or all the applicant’s choices have been exhausted.

National Residency Matching Program
accessed March 10, 2013