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Schedule of Dates

The 2018 APPCN Match


Please note: this schedule was revised on October 24, 2017. The Rank Order List Deadline has been changed to February 20, 2018 and the Match Results Release Date has been changed to February 26, 2018. Read more.


September, 2017 Residency site registration e-mails for participation in the Match are sent to residency Program Directors, who must complete the online registration process using the NMS Match System.
September, 2017 - January, 2018

Beginning in September, applicants can register for the APPCN Match online via this web site.

Applicants must contact and apply to programs independently of the Match. Application deadlines for programs vary; therefore, applicants should check with programs regarding their deadline dates.

November 30, 2017 By this date, a list of programs participating in the Match will be available for access on this web site.
January 19, 2018 Recommended date by which applicants should register for the Match.
February 2, 2018 By this date, instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists and obtaining Match results will be available to applicants and Program Directors registered to participate in the Match.
February 7, 2018 Beginning on this date applicants and programs will be able to submit Rank Order Lists for the Match using the NMS Match System.
February 20, 2018

Rank Order List Deadline: Final date for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists. No Rank Order Lists, registrations or withdrawals can be accepted after this date.

February 26, 2018

Results of the Match are released to applicants and Program Directors. No action to fill positions remaining unfilled is to be taken prior to 12:00 p.m. noon ET on this date.

Program Directors must send letters of confirmation of the Match result to matched applicants, according to APPCN Match Policies.

* Note: Important Change in Schedule

The APPCN Board of Directors has decided to change the Rank Order List Deadline and Match Results Release Date for the 2018 APPCN Match in order to proactively mitigate against potential conflicts between the APPCN Match schedule and the February 26 Uniform Notification Date (UND) in APPIC's 2018 Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines for non-Match programs.

The Rank Order List Deadline for the 2018 APPCN Match is now February 20, 2018 and the Match Results Release Date is now February 26, 2018. This revised Match schedule will enable applicants to receive their results from the APPCN Match before they must respond to offers they may receive from non-Match programs adhering to APPIC's UND. Matched applicants must accept the positions with which they are matched, while unmatched applicants may accept other offers. This change should provide clarity and certainty for the applicants participating in both processes and for the programs considering those applicants.

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