The residency matching process can be challenging to navigate, but MedMatchPlus+ is here to help. Not only are we experts who have experienced both sides of the match process, but we can also help you highlight your best qualities to stand out from the other applicants.

About the Matching Process

During the matching process, you’ll submit your application and supplemental information to the programs of your choice using the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS). The materials are forwarded to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which uses a Nobel Prize-winning algorithm to match applicants to programs during the Main Residency Match. Candidates and residency programs create a Rank Order List (ROL) detailing their preferences prior to the match. This process is designed to allow residents to find the right program and for programs to find preferred applicants without pressure.

Remember to register with both ERAS and NRMP. While both facilitate the process, they are two separate organizations. Also, applicants should understand their rights and responsibilities. Programs cannot ask you for certain confidential information, including names, specialties, geographic location, ranking preferences, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or family status. You don’t need to attend a second follow-up interview to match. Once you match with a program, the decision is binding.

Couples who are applying for residency programs can choose to do so together; their applications will be linked in the system to remain in geographic proximity to one another.


Keep these important dates in mind as you embark on the matching process. Residents for the match in March 2018 must be prepared to attend their graduate residency program as of July 1, 2018.

  • September 6, 2017: You can begin applying to programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • October 1, 2017: Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) are released to residency programs.
  • October 2017 – January 2018: Resident interviews take place. Candidates can use the Program Rating and Interview Scheduling Manager (PRISM®) mobile app from NRMP to schedule their interviews and rate the programs they visit.
  • January 15, 2018: Rank order list (ROL) entry opens.
  • February 21, 2018: ROL entry closes, and final lists must be certified.
  • March 2018: National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) main residency match results are available.

Where MedMatchPlus+ Fits In

On MedMatchPlus+, you can create a supplemental profile that residency programs will receive in addition to your ERAS application. This profile incorporates multimedia elements that can distinguish you among a large, competitive applicant field, including a personal narrative, images, and video. Once you create your profile, you can choose the programs where you plan to apply. After your residency application is submitted through NRMP, registered programs can request your MedMatchPlus+ profile. Residency coordinators can also use the site to rank and save their favorite applicants.

If you’re planning to apply for March 2018 match, get started today to help top programs get to know you better.

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