To be eligible to register for and participate in the AOA Match, an applicant must be graduating or have already graduated from a school or college of osteopathic medicine with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.
Applicants who wish to register for the AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program (the "Match") for AOA-accredited positions beginning in 2018 should follow the procedures outlined below.
Prior to Registering
- Review the terms of the Applicant Agreement. As part of the process of registering for the Match, you must agree to comply with and be bound by the terms of the Applicant Agreement.
- Review the Schedule of Dates provided on this web site. All Match participants must abide by the dates noted on the Schedule of Dates.
- Review the other information provided in the About the Match section of this web site.
View Applicant Agreement
INTERN/RESIDENT REGISTRATION PROGRAM
I plan to apply for an AOA-accredited internship or residency position that begins training in 2018 and that is being offered in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Intern/Resident Registration Program (the "Match"). In order to register for and participate in the Match, I agree:
I understand that I am free to make personal contact with any AOA-accredited osteopathic program in which I am interested, to apply to as many of these programs as I wish, and to rank them according to my judgement.
I understand that prior to the Rank Order List deadline, I and a program may express our interest in each other. While voluntary communication of expected rankings is permitted, statements implying or requesting a commitment are prohibited. I must not request from any program information regarding how the program intends to rank me or any other applicant. Similarly a program must not request from me information regarding how I intend to rank any program.
For the purposes of the Match, my Rank Order List will be the sole determinant of my order of preference for the programs to which I have applied. Similarly, for the purposes of the Match, the Rank Order List submitted by each program will be the sole determinant of the program's order of preference for the applicants to the program.
I understand that my appointment to the institution with which I am matched may be contingent on my satisfying predoctoral graduation requirements and other eligibility requirements for appointment specified by the matched institution.
I understand that the result I obtain in the Match (whether I participate in the Match or not, whether I am matched or not, and with which program I have been matched) will be reported either by mail or electronically to the AOA, osteopathic medical schools, OPTIs, postdoctoral training programs, and other parties deemed necessary by the AOA.
I understand that if I also register to participate in the NRMP® Main Match, and I match through the AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program (IRRP), the fact that I have been matched will be communicated to the NRMP® and I will be withdrawn automatically from the NRMP® Main Match for concurrent PGY-1 programs. In addition, if I match through the IRRP with a residency program, I will also be withdrawn from the NRMP® Main Match for PGY-2 programs.
I understand that if I violate any of the terms of this Agreement, such as refusing to accept a position at a program with which I have been matched, I may be precluded by the AOA from taking any AOA-accredited training program for one year, and from AOA approval of any postdoctoral training during that year.
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Procedure for Registering
- You must register for the Match online using the NMS Match System, which can be accessed using the button provided at the bottom of this page. You should register only once.
- To register for the Match you must provide your 6-digit AOA ID Number, which has already been assigned to you by the AOA. If you do not know your AOA ID Number, please contact your Dean's office or the AOA Customer Resource Center by emailing email@example.com or by calling 888-62-MYAOA (888-626-9262).
- The AOA charges a fee of $80 USD to register for the Match. This registration fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and irrevocable. The fee is collected by NMS on behalf of the AOA, and must be paid to NMS when you register for the Match.
- It is recommended that applicants register for the Match by November 1, 2017, although registrations can be accepted after that date if necessary.
- Two applicants who wish to coordinate their matches (e.g., obtain positions in the same geographic location) may participate in the Match as a "Couple". Each applicant must first register to participate in the Match as an individual. After both applicants have registered, they can indicate in the NMS Match System that they are part of a couple and identify their partner. Use the following link to read further instructions on participating in the Match as a couple.
- When your registration process is completed, you will be identified in the Match by a 6-digit Match Code Number. In most cases, your Match Code Number will be the same as your AOA ID number. Use your 6-digit Match Code Number in all future correspondence pertaining to the Match. You will need your Match Code Number, your e-mail, and password in order to access your account, submit your Rank Order List and obtain your Match results from this web site.
Applications to Programs
- Registration for the Match does NOT constitute an application to any of the programs participating in the Match. You must still apply directly to any and all programs in which you are interested, prior to the application deadline date established by each program. Information regarding AOA-accredited postdoctoral training programs is available from the Opportunities database provided on the AOA web site at opportunities.osteopathic.org.
- Applications are submitted to programs using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). ERAS is a separate and distinct service from the Match, and applicants must register to use ERAS separately from registering for the Match. ERAS is used by applicants to apply to programs, while the Match determines the final placement of applicants into programs. Information on the use of ERAS to apply to AOA-accredited programs is available on the AOA's web site at www.osteopathic.org.
- You should provide your 6-digit Match Code Number to the programs to which you apply, as they require this number in order to rank you on their Rank Order List. However, you should keep your password confidential; do not provide your password to any programs.
Access the NMS Match System
- Access to the system to register for the Match is available from the button provided below:
- After registering for the Match, you access your account by selecting the option from the left-side menu to Log in to NMS Match System.