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Applicants NMS Match System Guide

The 2018 APPCN Match


Log In

  • Access the Online NMS Match System

    You can access the NMS Match System by selecting the Log In option in the menu button in the top-right corner of the screen.

    To log in to the NMS Match System you will need to enter the e-mail address and password that you previously set up in the system (e.g., when you registered for the Match). If you have changed your e-mail address or password in the NMS Match System since registering, you will need to use the most current values to log in.

  • Forgot Password

    If you do not recall your password, please use the Forgot Password? link provided on the NMS Match System login page and follow the instructions to reset your password.

    If you need assistance in answering your security questions, please contact NMS.

Dashboard Information

After you log into the NMS Match System you are presented with a Dashboard. The Dashboard shows your current participation status in the Match, your couple status, and information about your rankings submitted for the Match.

  • Change your Participation Status

    The Status section shows your participation status in the Match. All registered applicants who intend to submit a Rank Order List for the Match should have a status of Active.

    If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for the Match, you must withdraw from the Match prior to the Rank Order List deadline.

    Read about the implications of withdrawing.

    Withdraw from the Match:

    • Select the Edit button in the Status section of the Dashboard.
    • Select a reason for withdrawing.
    • Enter your password and press Submit.
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    If you withdraw, but later decide to submit a Rank Order List for the Match, you should reinstate yourself to participate in the Match prior to the Rank Order List deadline.

    Reinstate yourself in the Match:

    • Select the Edit button in the Status section of the Dashboard.
    • Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the reinstatement process.
  • Couple Status

    All registered applicants start with a Couple Status of INDIVIDUAL. If you want to participate in the Match as part of a couple, you must change your Couple Status to COUPLED by identifying your partner.

    • Select the Edit button in the Couple Status section of the Dashboard.
    • Enter your partner's Match Code Number and press Submit.
    • Once submitted you will be asked to confirm that you wish to be partnered with the applicant registered with the Match Code Number that you have entered.

    Your Couple Status will change to PENDING until your partner identifies you as their partner. Once your partner identifies you as their partner, your Couple Status will change to COUPLED.

    If your partner does not identify you as their partner, your rankings will be treated as if you are an individual applicant in the Match.

  • Rankings

    The Rankings section of the Dashboard provides a summary of your Rank Order List information. The summary information shows the number of ranks on your Rank Order List and whether or not your Rank Order List is certified for use in the Match.

    • Select the Edit button to access your Rank Order List to view your rankings, make changes or certify your list.
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      Instructions for entering your rankings are available in the Rankings section below.

Edit Your Account Information

You can change your e-mail, password and security questions in the Account section, which is accessed by selecting the appropriate option from the menu once logged in.

You can update your Account information prior to the Rank Order List deadline.

Ensure the e-mail address used for your account is valid as all Match communications, including your Match result, will be sent to that e-mail address.

  • Change Account Information
    • Select the Edit button next to the information you want to change.
    • Update information, and press the Save button.

    Detailed instructions about the content to be entered into each field can be found by pressing the tooltip icon (?) next to the field name.

If you change your e-mail or password, you will have to use the new values the next time you log in to the NMS Match System.

Edit Your Profile Information

You can change your name, mailing address, telephone number(s) and day of birth in the Profile section, which is accessed by selecting the appropriate option from the menu.

You can update your Profile information prior to the Rank Order List deadline.

  • Change Profile Information
    • Select the Edit button next to the information you want to change.
    • Update information, and press the Save button.

    Detailed instructions about the content to be entered into each field can be found by pressing the tooltip icon (?) next to the field name.

You should ensure that phone number(s) are on file where you can be reached during the period from submission of your Rank Order List until release of the Match results in case questions arise regarding your Rank Order List.

Enter Your Rankings

Key Dates

System Opens for Rankings February 7, 2018
Rank Order List Deadline February 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET

You will not be able to access the NMS Match System to enter or certify your Rank Order List after the Rank Order List deadline. You are strongly advised to enter and certify your Rank Order List well before the Rank Order List deadline to avoid potential system access problems near the deadline.

Enter, Edit and Print Your Rank Order List

To enter ranks into your Rank Order List for the Match, select the Rankings option from the menu in the NMS Match System, or select Edit in the Rankings section of the Dashboard.

  • Add a Program
    • Start typing in the search box to find the program you want to rank. Programs can be searched by Code Number, residency name, Program Director name, program description or location.
    • Use the available Filter to restrict your search results to a specific state.
    • Programs that are withdrawn from the Match will have a Withdrawn flag next to their program name. You should leave the withdrawn program ranked on your list. If it becomes active again before the Rank Order List deadline, that ranking will be used in the Match. If the program remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and your list will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn program.
    • Select the Program you want to rank from the search results. Since the match processing is based on the program Code Numbers, make sure the 4-digit Code Number shown for the program you select correctly identifies the program you wish to rank.
    • Press the Add to List button to add the program to your list. Programs should be entered in rank number sequence, with your most preferred program entered first as rank 1, your next most preferred entered next as rank 2, and so on. You may add as many programs as you wish to your list.

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  • Delete a Program
    • Press the 'X' next to the program name to delete it from your list.
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  • Move or Reorder a Program on Your List
    • To move or re-order a rank, use the drop-down menu attached to the rank number. You should select from the drop-down the rank number where you want to move the program.

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  • Print Your Rank Order List

    You should print a copy of your final certified Rank Order List for your records.

    • Click on the Printer-Friendly link (provided at the top or bottom of your Rank Order List) and then use the print function of your browser.
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    You will be able to view the printer-friendly copy of your Rank Order List until 4 days after the Match Results are released.

Certify Your Rank Order List

Certifying your Rank Order List tells NMS that your rankings are complete and ready to be used in the Match. You must certify your Rank Order List in order for it to be used in the Match

Your Rank Order List must be certified by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 20, 2018. You will not be able to certify your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System after the Rank Order List deadline.

  • To certify Your Rank Order List
    • Press the Submit for Certification button at the bottom of your Rank Order List, once you have added all your programs and they are in the desired order of preference.
    • The NMS Match System will alert you if any issues or problems exist in your Rank Order List, and prompt you to certify your list by re-entering your password and pressing Submit.

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    There are three ways to verify that the list has been certified:

    • A green banner will be displayed at the top of the Rankings page
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    • In the Rankings section of your Dashboard, it will indicate that the Rank Order List has been certified
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    • You will be sent an e-mail from NMS confirming the certification

You can make changes to your list even after it is certified. If you make changes to a list after it is certified, the list will become uncertified and you will have to re-certify the list prior to the Rank Order List deadline in order for it to be used in the Match.

You are strongly encouraged to certify your completed Rank Order List well before the deadline date to avoid potential system access problems near the deadline.

System Requirements

You must have JavaScript enabled and accept cookies in order for the NMS Match System to function correctly.

The online NMS Match System is designed to be used with the security and features of modern web browsers.

  • Recommended Browsers

    We recommend using the most up to date version of one of the following browsers:

    If you access the system with a browser that is not in the list above, or with a browser that is significantly out of date, you may see warning messages and experience problems.

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