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What is ERAS and what does it stand for?

The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is a AAMC service that allows you to transmit residency application materials to programs. Students matching through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) must use this service to apply.

How do I access ERAS?

After an MS3 class meeting in June, you will receive an email from the Office of Student Records with information about an ERAS token. This token will give you access to ERAS and you will be able to start working on parts of your application.

When does ERAS open and when will I get my token?

ERAS typically opens in mid-June and tokens are distributed by the Office of Student Records at this time.

Who at the school has access to ERAS and what can they see?

The Office of Student Records and the Office of Career Advisement have access to the Dean’s Workstation (DWS). This allows access to parts of a student’s application, such as the student picture, names of letter writers, information edited in the application by the student, and names of the programs. We cannot view or edit letters of recommendation or your personal statement. The Office of Student Records will upload transcripts on September 15th and updated copies as AI grades are released. The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE, also known as the Dean’s Letter) is uploaded on October 1st.

How do I communicate with programs through ERAS?

After September 15th, The Program Work Station (PWS) allows programs to see any application that has been submitted. Programs do not receive the MSPE until October 1st. They are able to see the student’s application, letters of recommendation and transcript immediately as the student uploads these components. Students should provide updated pieces of information (such as additional letters of recommendation) via email.

When should I start working on my application in ERAS?

We suggest that students work on your application as soon you receive an ERAS token. Prior to June, there are several elements of the application that a student can prepare. Consider the following elements; Do you have an updated CV? Who will you be asking to submit a letter of recommendation? Do you have a personal statement? Has anyone provided feedback on your personal statement? Having all of these elements in order will be helpful when ERAS opens.

Submitting and certifying an application means that the application is final. We suggest students double & triple check each element prior to submitting to ERAS. Accuracy upon submission is a critical part of the process; submit an application that you are proud of!

Choosing Programs and Interviews 

How many programs should I apply to?

This depends on the specialty and how competitive students are in that specialty. Almost all Program Directors at Northwell have created an “Advising Guide” for their specific specialty that addresses this question to some degree and provides the average number of programs student across the country have applied to for their specialty. In addition, the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website has additional statistics on this information (sign in is required). An advisor can help determine the programs and number of programs needed based on competitiveness.

How do I navigate the process of picking programs to apply to?

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted a survey of all applicants who participated in the 2015 Main Residency Match. The primary purpose of the survey was to elucidate the factors applicants weigh in applying to and ranking programs. The most common factors students consider when exploring residency programs are; location, proximity of family, friends or a support system, competitiveness of region, reputation of program and perceived fit of program. In picking programs to apply to, consider all of the above, visit websites of various programs to learn and picture yourself there. FREIDA Online is another resource of value in this area. During rotations, talk to residents, visiting students, and attendings to gain valuable information on programs of interest. Residents have often interviewed at places that students consider. Use the network to your advantage and seek advice from people who are actively involved in the residency application process. Self assess competitiveness for a specialty and program. Last but not least, seek guidance from both Departmental and Career Advisors who can give an honest assessment of a rank list.

How do I know if a program is within my reach?

Self assess next steps regarding competitiveness for a specialty and program is important. Seek guidance from both Departmental and Career Advisors, who can give an honest assessment of where to apply and a rank list.

What is a preliminary year?

Several specialties require an intern year before specialty training. A preliminary year is can be a transitional, or a prelim year. Preliminary Programs are generally divided into Internal Medicine or Surgery. Surgical subspecialties will require a Surgical Preliminary year but other specialties, such as Anesthesia will accept either a Preliminary year in either Surgery or Medicine. It is best to check with the individual programs, and a Departmental Advisor, when deciding on a particular Preliminary specialty. Preliminary Medicine years are also variable between programs. While the schedule of each preliminary year resident has a basic structure, some programs schedules are modified to meet requirements for each subspecialty. This may include ED time and different elective options. A specialty of choice is sometimes referred to as categorical or advanced training.

What is a transitional year?

A Transitional Year is an intern experience that some fields prefer. Residents in one-year transitional programs rotate through different hospital departments every couple of months. They typically experience both surgical and medical rotations with the goal that residents build a broad foundation of clinical skills as a base for future training.

How do I know if I need a preliminary or transitional year?

Some of the fields that require a separate intern year are: urology, ophthalmology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, psychiatry and anesthesiology. Check with a Departmental Advisor as to whether a Transitional or Preliminary Year is best.

Do I need to apply and interview for preliminary/transitional programs separately?

Students must apply and interview at both their specialty programs and their preliminary programs during the same application cycle. Some programs reserve spots for applicants matching into categorical residency programs in their institution.

How do I navigate the process of selecting preliminary programs?

FREIDA Online is a great resource to find a listing of Preliminary and Transitional year programs and what they have to offer. Consider similar questions to those considered when selecting any program, such as location, experiences and amount of elective time offered. When chosing preliminary programs, it is best to visit the website of the specialty programs and see if they offer a preliminary year at the hospital. Talk to students and residents in the specialty and ask a Departmental Advisor as to how many/which programs to apply to.

When will I start getting interviews?

The ERAS applications are released to programs in early September. Through ERAS, some programs may begin to download the applications and categorize candidates based on USMLE scores, school location or degree type. This is often dependent on the program and/or specialty.

Programs may begin to offer interviews in September, but most programs that interview predominantly US allopathic students will wait until the Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) become available on October 1st. Therefore, the bulk of interview offers will start in October and go through November/December. Some programs, particularly in surgical subspecialties and dermatology, begin the offer/interview process much later in December. Given the vast number of applications programs receive; it is not unusual for them to not even review a large number of applications. If you have not heard from a program by the last week of October, we recommend gently inquiring by email to the program coordinator (NOT the program director) about the status of your application.

How will I be notified that I got an interview?

Programs will send interview offers via email.

How quickly do I need to respond?

To secure an interview date/time that works with schedules, we suggest students accept interview offers as soon as possible. and commit to the best option of dates offered. As your interview calendar fills, students may be able to change this to another date if space becomes available.

A program I applied to already sent out interviews and I didn’t get one. What should I do?

Students should approach interviews logically and prepare to receive some waitlist emails and/or not receive an interview for every program applied to. A gentle inquiry should elicit a response from the program about whether or not they will offer an interview. Make sure this inquiry is appropriate and addressed to the program coordinator.

How will I know if I am put on the waiting list or rejected?

Unfortunately, programs may assign candidates to either of these categories without alerting the candidate. If students have not heard from a program by the last week of October, gently inquire. Sometimes it may take another inquiry a week or two later to get a response from the program. It’s okay to be consistent when communicating if you have not heard back from the program coordinator. ALWAYS be polite and patient.

When should I reach out to programs about my interview status?

If students have not heard from a program by the last week of October, gently inquire if interviews have been offered.

To whom should I reach out to and how?

All questions about the status of your application and interview offers should be directed to the program coordinator (NOT the program director). Assume that all email correspondence, including thank you notes, sent to anyone in a particular program, will end up in an applicant file. Therefore, each email/note must be original and respectful.

Should I have someone else reach out on my behalf? When should they reach out? Who should they reach out to and how?

If students have a specific program they are waiting to hear from and can’t get a response, we recommend contacting a career advisor to plan next steps. When appropriate, a career advisor can reach out to assist.

I just got an interview invite, but I can’t make any of the dates offered, what should I do?

Program interviews are formal processes on dates established many months in advance. It is usually impossible to have an interview on a date that is not an established interview date. However, if there are other established dates have no availability, students can ask to be placed on a waiting list for the desired date(s). Through cancellation or expansion, dates may be offered later in the season. It’s recommended that if a student is interested in interviewing at that program, they should schedule an interview date later in the season and request to be added to a waitlist for earlier dates. As the season goes on, revisit programs of importance, available interview dates and adjust based on availability.

I just got an interview invite and they only interview on one day, and I already have an interview scheduled on that day. What should I do?

We suggest that students prioritize and choose between the two. Try to reschedule the first interview if possible. In general, programs understand an applicant’s logistical challenges setting up interview calendars and will try to accommodate if possible. Be very kind to program coordinators. Interview season is very tough on them too.

Is it ok to cancel an interview? What is the latest I can cancel before the interview?

The short answer is yes; applicants do it all the time. However, a few common courtesies must be extended. Let the program know as soon as possible so they can offer the slot to someone else. At least a few weeks in advance is fine; anything under a week could create issues for the program. In the cancellation email, don’t be too verbose. Simply thank them for the offer, ask to cancel, and wish them well in their recruitment. An applicant should NEVER just not show up for an interview. That makes the student and the school of medicine look very, very bad and could potentially hurt the chances of future students from our school getting an interview there.

How important is that I attend pre or post interview dinners/events?

Attending pre or post interview events is not mandatory, but highly recommended. It gives applicants time to speak with residents who are currently in the program and predict if the program will be a “good fit.” Pre and post interview events should be treated as informal interviews, remaining professional and respectful throughout the entire process.

What should I wear to interviews?

Business attire should be worn to all interviews. Appropriate attire includes a suit, tie, button down shirt and dress shoes (closed toed). Tights should be worn and skirts should be knee length.

What if I don’t receive any information about where to go for my interview?

Call or email the program coordinator in advance. If it’s the day of the interview, arrive early and ask for the departmental program coordinator. Express that you are a student interviewing and would like to be directed to where applicants are meeting.

What if I get stuck at an airport because of inclement weather?

Contact the program coordinator immediately if weather causes delays. Be prepared to adjust schedules or stay extra time to accommodate the interview if needed.

What if I am running late?

It is incredibly important that students arrive early or on time for interviews. Students should keep contact information for the program coordinator or office on hand at all times in case unforeseen circumstances arise.

What if I have to leave early?

It is incredibly important that students stay for the entire interview until dismissed. Students that leave early reflect poorly on themselves and the school. In emergent cases where students may have to leave early, notify the program coordinator and explain the situation if possible.

How should I prepare myself for interviews?

Prepare for interviews by reviewing the program information available on the institutional website and FREIDA Online. If there are any existing personal contacts at the institution, reach out to them to prepare. Review your CV and be prepared to speak openly about anything listed. Last but not least, be you!

Is there anything I should know about how to conduct myself on interviews?

Always remain professional, appropriate and authentic on the interview trail. Student who want feedback on their interactions and additional interview practice should contact the Office of Career Advising for additional resources.

What kinds of questions should I ask of my interviewers?

Ask questions that pertain to interest in the specialty, program type and explore opportunities that are individual to that institution. We suggest that you explore the program’s website prior to interview day and then ask questions to delve further into these topics.

What if I have a really bad experience with an interviewer and I really want to go to that program?

Reach out to the Program Director to discuss and ask for an additional interview or conversation, ideally with the Program Director themselves. Inform your Career Advisor of the experience for additional feedback and suggestions.

What if an interviewer asks me a question they are not supposed to ask?

We suggest that students politely navigate away from these questions, redirecting the interviewing back to the application being discussed. For example, a student’s response may be, “I’d prefer if we discuss my application, such as my experiences at ______ with ________, as I believe they would be applicable to my time spent in residency at this program.” Another possible answer is, “I have dealt with similar issues and have always completed my professional responsibilities.”

Communicating with Programs

What should I do after interviewing with a program? Should I send thank you notes?
After interviewing, we recommend you record a few notes about the program, who you met and gut reactions to the interview. Keeping a file for all of these thoughts will help later when creating a rank list.

Sending thank you notes is a common courtesy that used to be a standard and widespread practice. If no specific policy is communicated during or after the interview, feel free to send a thank you note. Ideally, thank you notes should be concise, with a personal reference to a topic you spoke about. Email is acceptable. This note will either stay with the interviewer or move to your applicant file. Given the volume of correspondence and concerns about coercion and perpetuating mis-information between programs and applicants, some specialties have recently made efforts to restrict correspondence after the interview. If a program informs applicants of a specific policy that restricts this practice (typically in both directions), respect that.
To whom should I send thank you notes?
Assuming the program accepts thank you notes, consider sending to the program director, the program coordinator, interviewers (if business cards/email addresses are available), and anyone else who was a significant part of the interview or second look days.
What should I do if I am completely in love with a program or plan on ranking them first?
Students should reach out to ONLY their #1 ranked program and state exactly that. Any other communication will be seen as an expression of interest but not a commitment to the program.
Should I send thank you notes by snail mail or email?
While receiving a handwritten letter on stationery is always nice, email is fine. You are much more likely to get a response via email (but don’t fret if you get no response- usually that has no meaning).
What should I say?
Keep it simple and personal. Thank the person for their specific role in the interview day. For an interviewer, address a specific topic of conversation. Express positive impressions of the day and the program. Assume that all email correspondence, including thank you notes, sent to anyone in a particular program, will end up in an applicant file. Therefore, each email/note should be original.
If the program says they don’t want thank you notes should I still send them?
No. Respect their wishes.
Should I expect a response if I send a thank you?
This is variable by program. Typically, no response is sent and responses are not indicative of the program’s interest in the student.

Rank Order Lists (ROLs) 

How should I keep track of my impressions during interviews?
After interviewing, we recommend you record a few notes about the program, including who you met and gut reactions to the interview. Keeping a file for all of these thoughts will help later when creating a rank list. Keeping a “running” rank list is appropriate, but be flexible. Shortly after an interview (preferably the evening after), note the program in a list/file. Fresh impressions at the end of an interview day are important. The details of each program and initial impressions will fade as the interview season continues. Keep detailed notes about each program, as this could help later. Consider using a spreadsheet to maintain the specific details. Remember that every program attract different candidates for different reasons; find the one that fits you best.
How many programs should I put on my rank list?
An increased number of programs on a rank list translates to a better chance of matching in the desired specialty. These programs should be programs that have offered interviews to the students. A good resource for students to be familiar with is NRMP Data from Charting Outcomes in the Match. It lists, for every specialty, the characteristics of the students who matched in each specialty, including USMLE scores and the number of programs that students ranked. Based on this data, the goal is to secure a number of interviews, based on specialty, to fill a rank list and increase chances of a successful match. We suggest students rank all programs that they have secured interviews at to increase chances of a successful match. The average number of programs students apply to varies across specialty from mid-twenties (in less competitive specialties) to over one hundred (more competitive specialties). A self reported survey conducted by NRMP of 2015 applicants demonstrates the range of number of programs applicants applied to each specialty.

Example: Emergency Medicine Candidate
  • Students applying in Emergency Medicine who ranked twelve or more programs had a great chance of matching. The goal of an Emergency Medicine candidate would be to apply to as many programs needed, and secure at least twelve interviews in programs this student would include on a rank list. If this student secures over twelve, they have some flexibility in their list. If they secure under twelve, their chances of matching decrease.
Can I make changes to my rank order list (ROL) after I certify it?
Yes, a rank order list can be modified or re-ordered any number of times until 9:00 p.m. eastern time on the Rank Order List Deadline, but no additions, deletions, or changes can be made to a rank order list after the deadline. We suggest students certify their list by that morning at the latest, as the system tends to slow down with multiple users certifying lists in the evening. If a student changes a certified ROL by adding, moving, or deleting a program, students must recertify it for it to be used in a Match. The R3® system does not save previous versions of rank order lists.
How can I tell my rank order list is certified and ready to be used in a Match?
A User Status in the R3® system will read “Certified” when a rank order list is final. Also, the NRMP will send a confirmation to the primary email address that includes the number of programs on primary and supplemental lists (if applicable).
Am I required to have an NRMP ID to submit with my ERAS application?
No. The NRMP ID field is in the Personal Information section of MyERAS and can be added at any time. However, students should return to their MyERAS profile and enter their NRMP ID once registered for a Match and received an NRMP ID.
Am I required to include my AAMC ID when I register for an NRMP Match?
Yes, to register for the Main Residency Match®, students must provide the AAMC® ID number from their MyERAS application.

Couples Matching

Who can participate in the couples match?
Any two people can join the couples’ match- married, engaged, dating, or just best friends. No proof or documentation of relationship is required; however, expect to be asked about it on the interview trail.
How does the couples’ match work?
The two partners identify themselves as a couple to the NRMP and submit rank order lists of identical length. The algorithm treats the two lists as a unit, matching the couple to the highest pair of program choices where both partners obtain a match. Couples do have the option of one partner indicating a willingness to go unmatched at a specific rank on the rank order list if the partner matches to the program linked to that rank.
Can I couples’ match with someone from a different school?
Yes. It may require additional coordination.
What about matching with someone in the military?
No, the Military Match is completely separate process and occurs much earlier. Participants typically know where they have matched in December.
What about matching with someone who is in the early match (Ophtho, Urology)?
While couples’ match is not an option for the advanced specialty, students can enter the couples’ match for the preliminary or transitional year.
How should we navigate interviews and rank lists as a couple?
The same principles apply when picking programs either as a single person or a couple. Location is often a huge factor, as larger cities offer more programs and specialties so the likelihood of finding common ground is higher. A couple can be just as happy in the same hospital as in a hospitals that are 30 minutes away and they can live in a mutually convenient location. Environment, fit of program and support network are also determining factors. Students who have participated in the couples match recommend that the couple gauge each person’s competitiveness at each program. Create a list of programs and locations that best fit both needs. Start with common intuitions and cities. Most program directors are willing to work with applicants and to help out in arranging the partner’s interview.
Are we required to tell programs that we are couples’ matching?
No, this is not required. There is an optional setting on the initial page of the ERAS application to identify couples matching. It remains editable throughout the process.
How do programs view couples’ matching?
Programs vary in their treatment of couples. If applying in different specialties, the different programs may or may not communicate with each other. In the best-case scenario, programs communicate and a program eager to match one of the individuals will convince the other program to interview and/or rank the other. The worst case scenario is that they are indifferent. We haven’t known a situation where the fact that someone was couples’ matching put them lower on the rank list.
What if we are couples’ matching and applying in the same specialty?
If applying in the same specialty, many programs figure that keeping couples together makes for a happier pair of residents. A challenge could be in small programs that may not be willing to take two students from the same school.
If we are interested in an institution and one of us receives an interview offer, should I let the program know that I’m couples matching?
Most program directors are willing to work with applicants and to help out in arranging the partner’s interview.
How do we coordinate interviews as a couple?
Coordinating interviews is ideal, but not necessary. Positive aspects of coordinating interviews are the ability to explore different programs and cities together, and saving on costs. It’s important to note that while timing of some interviews may align, not all will. Another possibility is that one student will get offered an interview, and the other will not. This is more likely to happen if one student is applying to a specialty that waits for MSPE releases (or later) before offering interviews (typically more competitive specialties). The best course of action is for the student with the offer to schedule immediately, as interviews can be rescheduled or cancelled if needed. The student without the offer can reach out to the coordinator to inquire about the status of their application. It is appropriate to mention that their significant other/partner will be interviewing, either prior to or during the interview (if there’s a natural opportunity to do so), but is up to the student’s discretion.
What if we are applying to the same specialty?
Students who are applying in the same specialty to the same program(s) should be cognizant of all impacts of this. For example, smaller programs have less spots and it may be more difficult to obtain multiple interviews. Locations with multiple programs may be helpful for securing interviews in programs that are nearby. For couples aiming for the same specialty, an expanded interview list may be needed to insure a successful match. If an offer has not been extended to one student by the time of the other’s interview, the person granted an interview can reach out to the program coordinator or director and inform them that he/she is couples’ matching to see if it is possible to arrange an interview for their partner.
How does couples matching compare to an individual’s match process?
The NRMP has an excellent tutorial about the couples’ match process and creating a rank list. It is important to note that supplemental rank order lists (for those applying to advanced programs) are NOT included in the couples’ match. Other than the logistics, the principles of ranking are the same for couples as they are for individuals.
Does couples matching put us at a disadvantage?
According to the NRMP, couples enjoy great success, with match rates above 90 percent every year since 1984. In 2015, the match rate for couples was 94.8 percent. Couples match rates for US seniors are similar to those of their classmates, varying within 1 or 2 percentage points.
Advice from our alumni!
Kevin: Basically every program I interviewed at loves people who couples match. Particularly if the program is in a "random" city where you don't have connections, matching with someone else is great because you're more likely to be happy having someone with you than if you're totally alone. So even though we're not applying to the same program in the same specialty, people seem to like getting a couple. Also, while it may not be necessary to tell programs that you're couples matching, I think it has been helpful for us to do so throughout the process. They will often have me talk to someone who couples matched to learn about their experience and provide some info that is applicable to couples matching people (how good they are at scheduling vacations together, housing for couples/families, etc.). I would encourage people to tell the program if they are doing so.

Deepa: Another tidbit you could add would be to prepare to answer questions about how the couples match is going to drive your decision for residency. I was asked at least 3 times on interviews how Kevin liked the pediatrics program and how we are planning on making a decision. People are also very understanding that we may have had to change things around and/or cancel interviews based on the other person. Also when we would send those emails inquiring as to the status of one person, I'd say for myself and Kevin combined we had immediate (within 48 hours) offerings of interviews about 90% of the time. The other 10% the response was that apps were still being reviewed and they couldn't offer just yet (happened with more competitive programs).

Nick: The only thing I would say is that if both partners are reasonably good applicants in their own specialties (from the perspective of some advisor-type person), they really don't need to go overboard with the scheduling interviews. Of course, my opinion isn't worth much since we haven't matched yet, but I don't think we needed to rank any more programs as a couple than we would've needed to individually. I'd also mention that if the primary goal is to be a trained physician, the bottom of each couple's list should include ALL of the possible combinations between their individual lists. We felt that going unmatched wasn't something we were okay with, so we turned our 12 program lists into 150 ranks. In addition to making your match more likely, it essentially allows you to have an "individual" list that gives you the same chances of ranking that you would've had if you'd tried to match solo.

Lianne: “Focusing on big cities…” that’s definitely true and helpful but there’s another side. I feel like Nick and I, as we’re not super interested in big cities, but also very open to living in lots of different states/areas, we didn’t do this as much. Since we don’t have our heart set on only one or two cities, I feel like our first 5-7 ranks are really diverse in location, but all places we would love to train. If you stick to only one city, you will have to rank places in that city that you don’t necessarily like. Just a matter of priority though - program over city or vice versa. We had very positive experiences with program directors we met regarding our couplehood. Don’t worry if you can’t coordinate. It’s hard, especially when applying to so many programs. Lastly, BE REALISTIC. Remind yourself regularly, long before even starting the process, and throughout, that this is a compromise by nature. You are making your #1 priority your relationship so it inherently requires a level of compromise. Remember that having your partner around will help make you happy! :)

Steph: Since Jon and I did couples matching in the same field and want to go to the same program things were a little different. I think if there is another couple who is interested in couples matching into the program, it is very important to inquire about the program's history with taking both partners. I know there were many programs that were very open to the idea of taking both of us and were able to tell us that the would try to match our schedules if we do end up going there. But there were also places where they couldn't remember the last time they took a couple together into the program which was not so reassuring. Since the whole point of matching into the same program is to maximize time with each other outside of the hospital, I think it's important to make sure that the program understands that and has proof (current couple in the class) or history of arranging vacation time/nights to make sure the couple is off together.

Jon: The only comment I'd make is in regards to the question about what you would do differently after deciding to couples match. I don't know how helpful it is to list a specific number of programs couples should apply to or rank because it's so variable. 25-30 might be on the high end for medicine or peds but definitely low for some smaller programs.

Match Week 

When is Match Week?
Match Week and Match Day falls on the third week of March every year. Match Day is the third Friday in March.
What communication will I receive from the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)?
One week prior to Match Day, EVERY student enrolled in the Match will receive an email from the NRMP, stating that they are eligible for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). Do not be alarmed; everyone receives this email!

On Monday of Match Week (typically at 11:00 AM EST), students will receive an email stating if they successfully matched. Students who receive an email stating that they did not match should contact the Office of Student Affairs immediately.
How will I know if I have matched to a program?
Applicants in the Main Residency Match® will learn at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday of Match Week whether they matched to a program by logging in to the R3 system with their username and password. The messages that can appear in the R3 system, are listed below. At 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday of Match Week, applicants learn where they matched by logging in to the R3 system.

Applicants will be presented with one of the following messages on Monday of Match Week:

  1. Congratulations, you have matched! This message will be displayed for applicants who;
    • matched to a categorical, primary, or reserved (physician only) program
    • matched to a PGY-1 preliminary and PGY-2 advanced program.

  2. Congratulations, you have matched to an advanced position!
    This message will be displayed for any applicant who:
    • matched to a PGY-2 advanced position.
    Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®)obtain a preliminary position, if needed.

  3. Congratulations, you have matched to a one year position!
    This message will be displayed for any applicant who:
    • matched to a PGY-1 preliminary position.
    Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME education on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP to obtain an advanced position, if needed.

  4. We are sorry, you did not match to any position!
    This message will be displayed for any applicant who did not match to any program. For applicants participating as a partner of a couple, this statement also may be displayed if the applicant listed the 999999999 program code on the primary rank order list to indicate ‘”No Match”. Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP for any category of unfilled positions.

  5. You are NOT matched because you did not submit a certified rank order list!
    This message will be displayed for any applicant who registered to participate in the Match but did not certify a rank order list prior to the rank order list certification deadline. Applicants who receive this message and who are deemed eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will have access to the List of Unfilled Programs and will be eligible to participate in SOAP for any category of unfilled positions.

  6. You are NOT matched because you are withdrawn!
    This message will be displayed for any applicant who registered to participate in The Match but was withdrawn either by the medical school or by the NRMP. Applicants who are withdrawn because they are ineligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match will not have access to the List of Unfilled Programs or be allowed to participate in SOAP unless by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the Wednesday prior to Match Week the applicant becomes eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match. Applicants who were withdrawn by the NRMP because they obtained positions through another matching plan will not have access to the List of Unfilled Programs or be allowed to participate in SOAP.
What do I do if I do not successfully match?
All students are registered for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), which is where all the unfilled positions and unmatched candidates enter a secondary match process. SOAP opens immediately on Monday. The Office of Student Affairs, Office of Career Advising, Office of Student Records, and any additional support that unmatched students need will be available immediately on Monday. Students who do not match successfully should contact the Office of Student Affairs immediately for support and to begin the SOAP process.

Match Day

When will I receive my Match Results?

Students in medical schools within the United States of American can receive their Match results at 12 PM if they are incorporated as part of a Match Day Ceremony.

Where does the Match Day Ceremony take place?

Our Envelope Ceremony takes place in the Zucker School of Medicine lobby. Students have the opportunity to take envelopes and open them in a place of their choosing (in the lobby, with loved ones, in a private room, alone, etc.).

Where can I open my envelope?

Students are welcome to use any space in the medical school. If more private space is needed, students have the opportunity to reserve designated offices. These offices will be open, with reserved signs on the doors and supplies for students inside. Doors will lock once closed for privacy. These spaces will be available before, during and after the ceremony.

What if I cannot attend Match Day?
Students who are not planning on being physically present at the school should notify the Office of Student Affairs. Like most schools across the country, there will be a photographer there, as well as some members of the Press. If you wish, please chat with them to talk about your match! They are looking for the human interest aspect of the story more than anything else. As always, this is completely voluntary and you should only do this if you are comfortable with the idea.
What if I am unhappy with my Match Results?
Match Day is an incredibly emotional culmination of lots of hard work. We encourage you to take a deep breath and remember that every program on a rank list is there for a reason. We suggest you take time during Match Week to focus on at least one positive thing per program and remember these things during Match Day. Embrace whatever emotions arrive that day. Staff and administrators are here if additional support is needed.