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Program Code Numbers
For purposes of the Match, each program is assigned a unique 5-digit Code Number that must be used to identify the program on your Rank Order List. You can obtain the 5-digit Code Number for each program you wish to rank from the program itself, or from the List of Participating Programs that is available on this web site. The list will be updated when changes occur in program participation; therefore, you are encouraged to consult the list before finalizing your Rank Order List.
In addition, while entering your Rank Order List into the NMS Match System, you can search for participating programs and their Code Numbers based on the program type, Director of Medical Education (DME) name, institution name, or location.
In the List of Participating Programs, each program is listed under the institution that is accredited to offer the training. For some Option 2 specialty programs, the OGME-1 preliminary year training takes place at a different institution than the specialty residency training that starts in OGME-2. In these cases, the program is listed under the institution that offers the specialty residency training, and the institution that provides the OGME-1 training is identified as part of the description of the program.
Please note that the 5-digit Code Numbers used to identify programs in the Match are not the same as the code numbers in the online AOA Opportunities database of internship and residency programs or in the ERAS system. When entering your Rank Order List, use only the 5-digit Code Numbers shown in the List of Participating Programs available on this web site, or obtained in a search from within the Rank Order List entry system.
Since the match will be made based on Code Numbers, make sure the correct 5-digit Code Number appears on your List for each program you wish to rank.
Only programs that are participating in the Match can be included on your Rank Order List. If you wish to rank a program that does not appear in the List of Participating Programs on this web site, contact the institution's DME to determine if the program is participating in the Match, and to obtain the 5-digit Code Number for the program.
In many cases, institutions participating in the Match offer more than one type of program, represented by different 5-digit Code Numbers. In these cases, you must be sure the correct 5-digit Code Number for each program you desire appears on your Rank Order List. If you rank a program at an institution represented by one Code Number, but you are ranked by the institution on a list for a different program with a different Code Number, a match will not be made. If you need clarification regarding the Code Number to be used for any program, contact the institution's DME directly.