Things to Know
- The list of preferred applicants you submit to the Match is called a Rank Order List.
- You must enter and certify a separate Rank Order List for each program you are offering in the Match by the Rank Order List deadline.
- If you have no acceptable applicants to rank for a program, you should certify a Rank Order List with no ranks.
- If your program no longer has positions to offer in 2021, you must withdraw the program from the Match.
|NMS Match System Opens for Rankings||March 29, 2021|
|Rank Order List Deadline||April 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time|
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 applicant.
Rank all applicants that would be acceptable to the program. Submitting a longer list of applicants may reduce your chances of being left with unfilled positions.
Do not rank any applicant that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to that applicant under any circumstances). You can only be matched to applicants that appear on your Rank Order List.
Certify Your Rank Order List
You must certify your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System for it to be used in the Match. Certifying a Rank Order List lets NMS know it is ready to be used in the Match.
You can make changes to a list even after it is certified, until the Rank Order List deadline. If you make changes after a list is certified, the list will become uncertified and you will have to certify the list again for it to be used in the Match.
Programs with Special Requirements
No Applicants to Rank
If your program has position(s) available that you would like to fill but you have no acceptable applicants to rank for the program, you should certify a Rank Order List with no ranks in the NMS Match System. This indicates to NMS that the program is still active and you want your position(s) to be shown as available in the Post-Match Process.
Programs are not able to submit reversions in Phase II of the Match.
Programs are not able submit Multiple Lists for a single program in Phase II of the Match.
Guide to the NMS Match System
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