Frequently Asked Questions by Programs
Some useful FAQs are shown below. A more detailed FAQ that includes information on using the rankings system and other aspects of the Match will be posted here by November 20, 2018.
How do I register my institution and program(s) to participate in the 2019 AOA Match?
The AOA provides information to NMS on all institutions and programs that are eligible to register for the Match. Based on that information, NMS prepares a personalized registration e-mail for each institution. DMEs at eligible institutions should receive their personalized registration e-mail in July 2018. The DME must initiate the online registration process by clicking on the unique link provided in the registration e-mail.
My institution will not be participating in the Match. What do I need to do?
If your institution will not be offering any positions in the 2019 AOA Match, you should use the appropriate link in the registration e-mail sent to you by NMS to notify NMS that your institution will not be participating in the 2019 AOA Match.
Can a program that is accredited only by the ACGME, but with osteopathic recognition from the ACGME, participate in the AOA Match?
No. To be eligible to register for and participate in the AOA Match, a program must be currently accredited by the AOA. Programs accredited only by the ACGME are not eligible to participate in the AOA Match, even if they have gained osteopathic recognition.
What if I don't know a program's Code Number or my password?
If you do not know your password, select the option for Log in to NMS Match System from the menu on the left side of the page or use the Log In button in the top-right corner of the page. A Forgot Your Password link is provided on that page that will enable you to reset your password.
To view your Match Code Number, Log in to the NMS Match System and your program code number(s) will be displayed on the page that is shown after you log in.
How do I update my institution, program, or contact information?
Log in to the NMS Match System to update your information.
For institutions not yet registered to participate in the Match: Your information can be changed on the Residency and Program Information page that is displayed as part of the registration process.
For institutions already registered to participate in the Match: Your information can be updated in the Profile and Account sections accessible after you log into the NMS Match System for any registered program.
How can I withdraw a program from the Match?
If a program no longer has any positions available for 2019, you must withdraw the program from the Match. A withdrawn program will not be included in the Match, will not be matched with any applicants, will not revert any unfilled positions to another program or receive any unfilled positions from another program, and will not be included in the list of programs with available positions provided to the AOA for inclusion on the AOA Post Match web site after the Match.
To withdraw the program, Log in to NMS Match System. The Dashboard page for a program will show the current status of the program in the Match. Select Edit from the Status section of the Dashboard and follow the instructions provided to complete the withdrawal process.
If I have previously withdrawn a program, how can I reinstate the program in the Match?
If you withdraw a program and subsequently decide to have the program participate in the Match, you can reinstate the program through the NMS Match System. To reinstate a program in the Match, Log in to NMS Match System. The Dashboard page for a program will show the current status of the program in the Match. Select Edit from the Status section of the Dashboard and follow the instructions provided to complete the reinstatement process.
Can a dually accredited program that participates in both the AOA Match and the NRMP® Main Match increase the positions offered through the NRMP® based on the AOA Match results?
Yes. Programs participating in both Matches that wish to increase the number of positions offered in the NRMP® Main Match as a result of positions left unfilled in the AOA Match will be permitted to do so if they contact the NRMP® as soon as possible after the AOA Match results are released and no later than February 11, 2019, to request a change to the number of positions offered through the NRMP®.
When will the NMS Match system be available for rankings?
The NMS Match System will be available for programs and applicants to submit rankings according to the following schedule:
|System Opens For Rankings:||January 8, 2019|
|Rank Order List Deadline:||January 18, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time|
What is the deadline to enter my Rank Order List(s)?
Rank Order Lists must be entered and certified in the NMS Match System by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 18, 2019. You will not be able to access the NMS Match System to change or certify a list, or withdraw a program, after the deadline. You are strongly encouraged to enter your Rank Order List and complete the certification process, or withdraw a program, well before the Rank Order List deadline to avoid system access problems near the deadline.
Can I change the number of positions to be filled in a program through the NMS Match System?
Yes, you can change the number of positions to be filled for a program using the NMS Match System, until 11:59 p.m. ET on the Rank Order List deadline date (January 18, 2019).
All AOA-accredited OGME-1 internship and residency positions and all OGME-2 Dermatology and Preventive Medicine-Public Health residency positions that begin training in 2019 must be offered through the AOA Match (except for those positions in dually accredited programs that are offered through the NRMP®). For some Option 2 specialty residency programs, the OGME-1 Preliminary year training takes place at a different institution than the specialty residency training that starts in the second postdoctoral year. In these cases, the OGME-1 positions are offered in the Match by the institution that provides the specialty residency training, even though the OGME-1 positions are actually located at a different institution.
How does the computer match applicants to a program?
The process of carrying out the Match based on the Rank Order Lists submitted by applicants and programs is described on The Matching Algorithm page.
Can I control the distribution of applicants that are matched to a program based on specific applicant characteristics, such as school attended or location of residence?
It is possible within the matching process to attempt to recruit a particular distribution of applicants for a program based on specific applicant characteristics, such as school attended or location of residence. Instructions to accomplish this will be provided to programs by November 20, 2018.
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