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The 2018 APPCN Match

Things to Know

  1. Registering for the Match does not constitute an application to any program.
  2. You should check with each program directly about their application requirements and method of submission.
  3. You should provide your 5-digit applicant Code Number to the programs to which you apply.
  4. All application requirements, including interviews, must be completed early enough so that your Rank Order List for the Match can be submitted no later than the February 20, 2018 deadline.

Sending Applications

Applications are submitted to programs independent of the Match.

APPCN member programs expect applicants to have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree prior to beginning a postdoctoral residency. Applicants registered in the APPCN Match who have not yet received the doctoral degree should have a Doctoral Training Verification Form completed by their dissertation advisor or Director of Clinical Training. A copy of the completed form should be provided to each APPCN member program to which you apply. (Do not send this form directly to NMS or APPCN.)

Each program has its own policies regarding the timing and location of interviews. The interview policies for each residency that participates in the Match will be provided in the List of Participating Programs posted on this web site.

Applying to Non-Match Programs

There are some programs that are not members of APPCN and are not participating in the Match. As a result, some applicants may have applied to both participating and non-participating programs.

Prior to the Rank Order List deadline, if you receive an offer from a program that is not participating in the Match (i.e., a "preemptive offer") you may contact programs participating in the Match and inform those programs of the preemptive offer. If a participating program intends to rank you in a manner that will guarantee a match, that program may so inform you. Please refer to Policy #4 of the Match Policies for complete details.

An applicant who receives a preemptive offer may hold that offer and participate in the Match by submitting a Rank Order List of programs that includes only programs the applicant prefers to the preemptive offer. This rule gives applicants the ability to consider all opportunities and to secure their most preferred placement for their residency education.

If you are matched with a program, you must decline the preemptive offer and accept the position with which you are matched. If you are left unmatched, you can accept the preemptive offer after 12:00 p.m. noon ET on Match day.

If you decide to accept a position at a program that is not participating in the Match before the Rank Order List deadline, you must withdraw from the Match.



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