Institution and Program Registration
To be eligible to register for and participate in the AOA Match, an internship or residency program must be currently accredited by the AOA. In addition, programs must meet the 2019 AOA Match eligibility criteria described in the AOA's Section X policy regarding program accreditation during the transition to a single accreditation system.
Programs accredited only by the ACGME are not eligible to participate in the AOA Match, even if they have gained osteopathic recognition from the ACGME. AOA-accredited fellowship or sub-specialty programs also cannot participate in the AOA Match.
Questions regarding the eligibility of any program to participate in the 2019 AOA Match should be directed to the AOA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The registration e-mail is sent to the Director of Medical Education (DME) of the institution in July 2018. The DME at each institution is responsible for registering the institution and its programs for the Match, and for all communications between the institution and NMS concerning the Match. If your institution and program(s) are expecting to participate in the 2019 AOA Match but you do not receive your institution's registration e-mail by July 15, please contact NMS.
If your institution is not offering any positions in the 2019 AOA Match, the DME should use the appropriate link in the registration e-mail to notify NMS that the institution will not be participating in the 2019 AOA Match.
Online Registration Process
In order to register an institution and its program(s) to participate in the 2019 Match, the DME must initiate the process by clicking on the unique link provided in the registration e-mail.If the registration e-mail was sent to someone other than the DME, the e-mail should be forwarded to the DME, who must complete the registration process. The steps involved in the online registration process include:
- Set up an account in the NMS Match System. Please note that account information is not carried over from previous years. Each DME will need to set up a new account for the 2019 Match.
- Confirm and/or update institution and program information for the 2019 Match. All programs that the AOA has indicated are eligible to register for the 2019 AOA Match are pre-populated in the NMS Match System. The best estimate of the number of positions to be offered in each program must be provided (the number of positions can be modified any time until the Rank Order List deadline). Programs that are not offering positions to applicants in 2019 should be deleted. If you wish to add a program into the Match that does not appear in the NMS Match System, you must complete the Add New Program form and return it to NMS.
- Accept the Institution Agreement..
If communications pertaining to the Match should be sent to someone other then the DME, the e-mail address in the system can be changed after the registration process has been completed by the DME.
For more information, please consult the Institution Registration Instructions.
Once the online registration process is complete, the DME will receive a confirmation by e-mail. The confirmation will include the Code Number(s) and program description(s) for each program registered for the Match. You should provide the program Code Number(s) to each of your applicants as the Code Number(s) uniquely identify your program(s) in the Match.