Rankings for Applicants

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program for Positions Beginning in 2020

Things to Know

  1. The list of preferred programs you submit to the Match is called a Rank Order List.
  2. You must log in to the online NMS Match System to enter and certify your Rank Order List by the Rank Order List Deadline for each Phase of the Match.
  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.

Open Dates

Phase I

Applicants for ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR positions:

NMS Match System Opens For Rankings October 28, 2019
Rank Order List Deadline November 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET

Phase II

Applicants for AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED positions:

NMS Match System Opens For Rankings December 16, 2019
Rank Order List Deadline January 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET


The Match 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, even if it was the only position available to you in the Match). 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 for it to be used in the Match.


Two applicants who are participating in the same Phase of the Match and 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 the NMS Match System Guide for detailed instructions for using the NMS Match System.

To jump to the instructions for a specific task within the System Guide, refer to the links below: