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Match Process

Several matching programs exist that use a matching computer algorithm, and you'll choose which one(s) to use based on the specialty and programs you apply to. However, most specialties and students use the National Resident Matching Program®.

Regardless of the matching program you use, you must act strategically — evaluating your particular situation (e.g., your competitiveness, specialty choice, and personal circumstances) and making decisions that help ensure you land a residency position.

Ashley Rufus & Kavita Jayaswal with letters
  • A group of students holding their letters.

    You’ve likely heard of the match, but what do you really know about it? Here’s how the match works and what to plan for.

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  • An envelope with a question mark.

    Friday, March 17 was a momentous occasion, with plenty to celebrate for fourth-year students. Read more about the results of the match.

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  • Medical students on Match day.

    The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Intern/Resident Registration Program is a matching program that places osteopathic applicants into osteopathic graduate medical education positions.  Learn the five steps you must complete to participate in the osteopathic match.

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  • A hawk after its prey

    Faculty who evaluate residency candidates do so with their own set of criteria for what makes a good resident. Get an insider perspective on programs’ process for interviewing and ranking applicants.

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  • Couples In The Match

    We’re entering the Match as a couple — I’m applying to residency in pediatrics and my fiancé is applying in psychiatry. What factors should we consider to determine how many programs to apply to? How many interviews should we complete? And how can we maximize our rank order list so we have the best chance of matching together?

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