Before You Register
Learn About Sending Applications to Programs
You must register for the Match before you can send any applications to residency programs that participate in the Match.
Registration for the Match does NOT constitute an application to any of the residency programs participating in the Match. You must still apply to any and all programs in which you are interested.
Special Cases for Registering
Applicants for PGY2 Positions
To participate in the Match for a position that starts training at the PGY2 level, you must have already completed a PGY1 residency, or currently be in training in a PGY1 residency program that will be completed before the start of the PGY2 residency. When you register for the Match you will be required to indicate where and when you received your PGY1 residency training.
Applicants interested in PGY2 training who have not completed a PGY1 residency, but who have practiced at least three years as a pharmacist, are licensed to practice as a pharmacist in the United States, and believe they have postgraduate experience that may be equivalent to PGY1 training, may apply directly to ASHP for a special exemption from this requirement.
PGY1 Residents Interested in a PGY2 Residency Within the Same Organization
If you are a current PGY1 resident who is interested in continuing your training in a PGY2 residency offered by the same sponsor as your PGY1 residency (e.g., the same or an affiliated organization), you may be able to obtain the position through the Early Commitment Process.
Applicants who are committed to a PGY2 position through the Early Commitment Process do not need to register for or participate in the Match.
Positions available in participating PGY2 programs that are not committed to applicants by December 15, 2017 must be offered through the matching process, and applicants interested in those positions must register for and participate in the Match.
Graduates of a Foreign School of Pharmacy
If you are a graduate of a school of pharmacy that is not ACPE-accredited, you must be eligible for licensure in the United States in order to register for the Match.
Prior to registering for the Match, you must provide in the PhORCAS system either a copy of your license for each state in which you are licensed, or a copy of your Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Certificate (FPGEC) from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
You must pay a fee of $150 USD to register for the Match.
The registration fee is non-refundable (even if you subsequently decide to withdraw from the Match), irrevocable, and is not transferable to future Matches or other applicants; it applies ONLY to the current Match year for the applicant who registers when the fee is paid.
For applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match, the fee you pay to register for the Match also covers your participation in Phase II of the Match; no additional fee is required to participate in Phase II.
You should register for the Match by December 31, 2017.
You may register after that date if necessary, but it is recommended that you register in time to participate in Phase I of the Match, as pharmacy residencies must offer all their funded positions that start training in 2018 in Phase I of the Match.
You must register for the Match before you can submit applications to residencies in the United States that participate in PhORCAS; therefore, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
You must register for the Match using the shared PhORCAS/Match registration portal. NMS and PhORCAS have implemented this shared portal in order to provide a single access point for applicants to register for the Match and send applications using PhORCAS.
You may register for the Match using the PhORCAS/Match portal without completing any applications; however, you must be registered for the Match in order to submit applications to programs in the United States that participate in PhORCAS.
You should register for the Match only once; applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match will be automatically eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match and do not need to register a second time.
After You Register
After you register for the Match, your registration information will be transmitted from PhORCAS to NMS within 24 hours. You should receive a confirmation e-mail from NMS within 3 business days from the time you register. Updates to the information you submitted to register for the Match, if necessary, are made through the PhORCAS/Match registration portal.
For purposes of the Match, the PhORCAS/Match registration portal is used only to register for the Match and maintain your account and profile information. You will submit your Rank Order List and obtain Match results directly from this Match web site (not the PhORCAS/Match registration portal).
You will need the 5-digit Match Code Number assigned to you when you register, your email and the password you provide on the shared PhORCAS/Match registration portal in order to submit your Rank Order List for each Phase of the Match and obtain your Match results from this web site.