Applicants Help - Ranking Issues

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program for Positions Beginning in 2020


I do not intend to submit a Rank Order List. What do I need to do?

If you have accepted a position at a residency that is not participating in the Match, or if you decide not to submit a Rank Order List for either Phase of the Match for any other reason, then you must withdraw from the Match.

If you plan to participate only in Phase II of the Match, you should not withdraw from Phase I of the Match. Your Status shown in the NMS Match System should remain Active so that you can participate in Phase II of the Match.

The program I want to rank is withdrawn.

You should leave the withdrawn program ranked on your list. If you leave the program on your list and the program's participation status in the Match becomes Active before the Rank Order List deadline, that ranking will be used in the Match. If the program remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and your list will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn program.

I can't find the program I want to rank in the NMS Match System.

Only programs that are registered for the Match may be included on your Rank Order List. Consult the List of Participating Programs to ensure the program you want to rank is registered for the Match.

If the program is not included in the List of Participating Programs, contact the Program Director directly to clarify the program's participation status in the Match.

Within the NMS Match System, programs can be searched by Code Number, name of residency, location, program description, Program Director name, or program Code Number as they appear in the List of Participating Programs. ADEA PASS may have different names for programs than the NMS Match System, so be sure to search for programs using the information shown in the List of Participating Programs on this web site.

Can I change my rankings after certifying my list?

Yes. Even if you have already certified your Rank Order List you can return at any time to make changes until the Rank Order List deadline.

If you make changes to a list after it is certified, the list will become uncertified and you will have to re-certify the list before the deadline in order for it to be used in the Match.

Can I view my Rank Order List after the deadline?

You will be able to view your Rank Order List for either Phase of the Match until 4 days after the Match Results are released for that Phase of the Match. However, you will not be able to change any information or certify a Rank Order List in the NMS Match System after the Rank Order List deadline.








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