Rankings for Applicants

The 2021 ASHP Match


Things to Know

  1. The list of preferred programs you submit to the Match is called a Rank Order List.
  2. To participate in Phase II of the Match, you must log in to the online NMS Match System to enter and certify your Rank Order List by the Phase II Rank Order List deadline.
  3. If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for the Match, you must withdraw from the Match using the NMS Match System.

Key Dates

Phase II

NMS Match System Opens For Rankings March 29, 2021
Rank Order List Deadline April 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Strategy

The matching algorithm is designed such that it cannot be gamed or manipulated.

The only strategy is to rank your choices in order of your true preferences, without considering how you expect to be ranked by any program.

Rank all programs to which you applied that would be acceptable. Submitting a longer list of programs may reduce your chances of being left unmatched.

Do not rank any program that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to the program under any circumstances). You can only be matched to programs that appear on your Rank Order List.

Certify Your Rank Order List

You must certify your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System in order for it to be used in the Match. Certifying your Rank Order List lets NMS know it is ready to be used in the Match.

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

Couples

Two applicants who wish to coordinate their matches (e.g., obtain positions in the same geographic location) may participate in the Match as a Couple.

Guide to the NMS Match System

Consult either the Account User Guide or the Rankings User Guide for detailed instructions for using the NMS Match System.

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