NRMP Application

Introduction to the NRMP Application

The NRMP Application is essential for medical students and graduates seeking residency in the United States. The National Resident Matching Program, or NRMP, is a highly competitive and structured process that matches aspiring doctors with residency programs nationwide. Understanding the intricacies of the NRMP Match is crucial for success in this rigorous selection process.

Understanding the NRMP Match

The NRMP Match is a computerized algorithm that pairs applicants with residency programs based on their preferences and program rankings. The process begins with applicants submitting their applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). These applications typically include personal statements, letters of recommendation, and academic transcripts. Once applications are submitted, applicants and programs undergo interviews and evaluations before submitting their rank order lists to the NRMP.

Key Dates and Deadlines for the NRMP Match

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Knowing the critical dates and deadlines for the NRMP Match is vital to ensure a smooth application process. The NRMP Match timeline typically begins in September, when applicants can submit their applications through NRMP ERAS. Deadlines for application submission vary depending on the speciality and program, so staying updated with the specific dates relevant to your desired field is crucial. The NRMP Match Day, when applicants learn their match results, usually takes place in March. NRMP Match Day 2024 will be on Friday, March 17, 2024, at noon ET. The NRMP Match 2023 is a process that will match nearly 43,000 medical school graduates with residency programs in the United States. On this day, medical school graduates will learn where they have reached for residency training.

To participate in the NRMP Match, medical students must register with the NRMP and submit their application materials to residency programs. Residency programs then review the applications and rank the applicants in order of preference. The NRMP  uses a computer algorithm to match applicants to residency programs based on their tastes and the programs' preferences.

The NRMP Match is a competitive process, but it is also a fair and efficient way to match applicants to residency programs. In 2023, over 99% of applicants who participated in the Match were matched to a Residency Program.

Here are some critical dates for the NRMP Match 2024:

  • September 15, 2023: Registration opens for the NRMP Match
  • November 15, 2023: Deadline to submit applications to residency programs
  • December 1, 2023: Deadline for residency programs to advance their rank order lists
  • March 17, 2024: Match Day

If you are interested in participating in the NRMP Match 2024, visit the NRMP website for more information.

NRMP Registration

After applying to and interviewing with programs, applicants can rank their top choices in the NRMP's R3 Registration, Ranking, and Results system. 

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Here are various the steps to register for the NRMP Residency Match:

  • Go to the NRMP website,, and create an account.
  • Provide your participant, academic, demographic, and contact information.
  • Agree to the Match Participation Agreement and pay the Match fee.
  • Verify your email address and then get registered for the Match.
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NRMP Resources for Applicants

Getting ready for the NRMP Match can be challenging, but various resources are available to assist applicants. Here are some essential resources to consider:

  • NRMP website: The NRMP website provides a wealth of information about the Match process, including timelines, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions. Applicants can also find helpful resources like the Match Handbook, Calendar, and the Match Data Center.
  • Residency program websites: Residency program websites can provide applicants with valuable information about the program's mission, training philosophy, and faculty. Applicants can also find information about the program's application requirements, interview process, and resident life.
  • Medical school advisors can guide and support applicants throughout the Match process. They can help applicants develop a list of potential programs, prepare for interviews, and rank their programs.
  • Moksh Academy Mentors: Moksh Academy Mentors are experienced physicians who can provide one-on-one guidance and support to applicants throughout the Match process. Mentors can help applicants develop a personalized Match strategy, prepare for interviews, and navigate the challenges of the Match process.

In addition to these resources, applicants may find connecting with other medical students through the Match process helpful. Many online and offline support groups are available for Match applicants.

Tips for a Successful NRMP Application

Securing a residency position through the NRMP Match requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some tips for using these resources effectively:

  • Start early: Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for the Match. The earlier you start, the more time you will have to research programs, prepare your applications, and practice for interviews. 
  • Be organized: The Match process can be complex and overwhelming. Being organized and keeping track of your important deadlines and documents is essential.
  • Be proactive: Be bold and reach out to your medical school advisor, residency program directors, or MOKSH ACADEMY Mentors for guidance and support. They are there to help you succeed.
  • Be patient: The Match process takes time and effort. Don't get discouraged if things don't go perfectly

Common Mistakes to Avoid in the NRMP Application

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The NRMP Application process can be daunting, and it's crucial to avoid common mistakes that could hinder your chances of success. Here are some pitfalls to avoid:

  1. Incomplete Applications: Ensure that all application sections are complete and accurate. Please include information or documents to avoid disqualification or delays in the application review process.
  2. Poorly Written Personal Statement: You have the chance to highlight your special attributes and driving forces in your statement. Avoid generic statements and instead highlight personal experiences and aspirations that make you a strong candidate.
  3. Lack of Program Research: Thoroughly researching residency programs can lead to better program selection. Take the time to understand each program's culture, curriculum, and opportunities to ensure a good fit.
  4. Late Application Submission: Timeliness is crucial in the NRMP Match. Late applications may receive a different consideration than those submitted on time. Aim to complete and submit your application well before the deadline.
  5. Overlooking the Importance of Interviews: Interviews play a pivotal role in the selection process. Prepare thoroughly and treat each interview as an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and compatibility with the program.

The NRMP Fellowship Match

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Apart from the primary residence match, the NRMP also facilitates the fellowship match process. The fellowship match is similar to the residency match, which takes place in the spring of each year but focuses on specialized training in a particular field. You must go through the NRMP fellowship match process to pursue a fellowship.

To participate in the NRMP fellowship match, you must register separately and follow the specific timeline and guidelines set by the NRMP. The fellowship match offers many opportunities for further specialization and career advancement, including nrmp medical specialities like cardiology, paediatrics, anaesthesia, sports medicine, etc.

The NRMP Cardiology Fellowship Match is a separate match after the residency match. It is for applicants who have already completed residency training and are interested in pursuing a fellowship in cardiology.

The NRMP Pediatric Fellowship Match is a separate match after the residency match. It is for applicants who have already completed residency training and are interested in pursuing a fellowship in paediatrics.

The NRMP Anesthesia Match is a separate match after the residency match. It is for applicants who have already completed residency training and are interested in pursuing a fellowship in anaesthesia.

The NRMP Sports Medicine Match is a separate match after the residency match. It is for applicants who have already completed residency training and are interested in pursuing a fellowship in sports medicine.

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The NRMP Two-Phase Match is a process that is used to fill residency positions that remain unfilled after the main Match. It is open to both unmatched applicants and unfilled programs.

Non-NRMP Residency Programs 2022:There are a small number of residency programs that do not participate in the NRMP Match. These programs are referred to as non-NRMP residency programs.

NRMP Fellowship Match Results: The results of the Match are announced in the spring, and applicants who match to a fellowship program will begin their training in July of that year.

NRMP SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program)

The NRMP SOAP, or the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program, is designed to match applicants who still need to secure a residency position during the main Match. SOAP gives eligible applicants another chance to find a residency position through a series of rounds where unmatched applicants and unfilled positions are paired.

Participating in SOAP requires careful planning and preparation. Applicants must proactively research available positions, contact programs of interest, and submit applications promptly. Staying calm and focused throughout this process is essential, as the SOAP can be a stressful and emotionally challenging experience.

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Unfilled Positions in the NRMP Match

Some residency positions must be filled every year after the main NRMP match. These unfilled positions provide opportunities for applicants who did not match initially or those participating in the SOAP. The NRMP publishes a list of unfilled positions, which eligible applicants can access during the SOAP process. 

NRMP unfilled positions 2022

 After the matching algorithm was processed, there were 2,262 unfilled positions of the 39,205 total positions unfilled in the 2022 NRMP Main Residency Match. Of these, 2,111 jobs were filled through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), which is a process that allows applicants and programs to participate in a supplemental match after the main Match. This resulted in an overall fill rate of 99.6%.

The following specialities had the most unfilled positions in the 2022 NRMP Main Residency Match:

  • Psychiatry
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Preventive Medicine

The number of unfilled positions in the NRMP Match has recently increased. This is due to several factors, including:

  • An increase in the number of medical school graduates
  • A decrease in the number of residency positions available
  • A change in the preferences of medical school graduates, with more students choosing to pursue competitive specialities

The NRMP is working to address the issue of unfilled positions by expanding the number of residency positions available and by working to make the match process more efficient.

If you find yourself in a situation where you do not match or want to explore additional options, carefully review the list of unfilled positions. Contact the programs that align with your interests and qualifications to express your interest in their open positions.

The NRMP IMG Match 2022 was a competitive match, with 4,928 IMGs matching to a residency program in the United States. This represented an overall match rate of 58.1%, an increase from the 54.8% match rate in 2021.

The most popular specialities for IMGs in the 2022 match were:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology

IMGs are more likely to match to a residency program in a less competitive speciality or a geographic area with a shortage of physicians. IMGs are also more likely to reach a preliminary year program, a one-year program that prepares applicants for a more competitive residency program.

The NRMP Couples Match

The NRMP offers a unique feature called the Couples Match, which allows romantic partners applying for residency positions to link their applications. This feature ensures that couples can match at the same institution or within close geographical proximity.

To participate in the Couples Match, both partners must register through the NRMP and indicate their preference to be part of the Couples Match. It is vital to carefully follow the guidelines provided by the NRMP to ensure a successful Couples Match experience.

Ranking Programs in the NRMP Application

One of the essential steps in the NRMP application process is ranking the residency programs you have interviewed with. The rank order list indicates your preferences for residency programs based on your experiences, interactions, and research during the interview process.

When ranking the programs, consider factors such as location, program reputation, curriculum, faculty, and opportunities for career growth. Being realistic with your choices and ranking programs based on your genuine interest is essential. Remember, the NRMP match algorithm considers the applicants' and programs' preferences to maximize the likelihood of a favourable match. 

Contiguous ranks NRMP means that an applicant ranks programs sequentially without any gaps. For example, an applicant might rank their first three choices in order of preference, then rank their following three options in order of importance, and so on.

NRMP Website and Online Resources

The NRMP website,, is a comprehensive hub of information and resources for applicants. Familiarizing yourself with the website and exploring the various sections and resources available is essential. Here are some key features of the NRMP website:

  • Program Search: The NRMP website allows you to search for residency programs based on speciality, location, and other criteria. This feature helps you identify potential programs to apply to.
  • News and Announcements: Staying updated with the latest news and announcements related to the NRMP match process. The website provides valuable information on changes, updates, and important deadlines.
  • Data and Reports: Access match data and reports published by the NRMP to gain insights into the match process, statistics, and trends. This information can help you make informed decisions during the application process.

NRMP releases data reports and publications to:

  • Help applicants make informed decisions about their competitiveness.
  • Educate participants about resident selection decisions and trends.
  • Inform the medical education community and media about the NRMP.

NRMP Match Results and Match Day

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Match Day is an eagerly awaited milestone for medical students participating in the NRMP match. It is the day when applicants find out the residency program they have been matched with. Match Day is a moment of celebration for successful applicants who finally know where to spend the next phase of their medical training.

The NRMP releases the NRMP match results simultaneously across the United States. At a pre-determined time on Match Day, applicants receive an email notification from the NRMP informing them of their match status. The email contains instructions on how to approach the NRMP match results online.

2023 Main Residency Match Results and Data: This report contains NRMP match statistics graphs, tables, and lists of participating programs, positions offered, and positions filled. SOAP data is also included


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