Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program for Positions Beginning in 2019

What Are Reversions

Residencies that are offering more than one program of the same type in the Match (e.g., a GPR residency offering two programs/tracks) may have some flexibility with respect to the number of positions to be filled in each program. In some cases, the residency may be willing to move an unfilled position from one program to another within the match processing, in order to maximize the number of positions filled in the residency. Reversions can be used to accomplish this objective.

For example, a residency offering both a 1-year GPR program and 2-year GPR program could specify that any position that remains unfilled on the Rank Order List for the 2-year program should revert to the Rank Order List for the 1-year program, and an attempt should be made to fill the position(s) with additional applicants from the Rank Order List for the 1-year program. In this case, the Rank Order List for the 2-year program is the Donor list (because it is donating unfilled positions) and the Rank Order List for the 1-year program is the Receiver list (because it is receiving unfilled positions from the Donor list).

Similarly, reverting unfilled positions from one list to another can be used by a program that is submitting multiple Rank Order Lists for a single program, in an attempt to fill all available positions in the program.

Procedures for Submitting Reversions

To request the reversion of unfilled positions, a residency must provide written instructions to NMS. These instructions must be received by NMS by the Rank Order List deadline (November 16, 2018 for ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR programs; January 11, 2019 for AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED programs).

The Reversion and Multiple List Request forms will be available with the release of further instructions for the Match, by October 19, 2018.

Forms should be completed, signed and submitted to NMS by the Rank Order List deadline, as a scanned e-mail attachment to, or by fax to 844-977-0555.

After sending the form to NMS, please wait at least one business hour (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET Monday to Friday) and then contact NMS by telephone to confirm that the form is acceptable.

Guidelines for Reverting Positions

Please note the following guidelines when completing the reversion form.

A) Reporting of Unfilled Positions After the Match

Any position that is reverted from one program to another will be reported after the Match as belonging to the Receiver program to which it was finally reverted (even if the position remains unfilled in the Receiver program).

For example, suppose Program A enters the Match with 3 positions, Program B starts with 2 positions, and Program A is to revert all unfilled positions to Program B. Then if Program A fills only 1 position in the Match, the 2 remaining unfilled positions will revert to Program B. In that case, after the Match, Program A will be reported as having 1 filled position and no unfilled positions, and Program B will be reported as having 4 positions (whether or not all 4 were filled in Program B).

B) Number of Positions To Revert

A Donor can revert some or all of its unfilled positions. It can also revert unfilled positions to more than one Receiver.

For example, if Program A has 3 unfilled positions it can choose to revert its first unfilled position to Program B, its second unfilled position to Program C, and it can choose not revert the third unfilled position to any other program.

C) Chained Reversions

Reversions of unfilled positions can be "chained"; for example, List A can revert unfilled positions to List B, and if some positions remain unfilled on List B, then these positions can revert to List C, and so on.

However, a chain of reversions cannot "loop back" to the beginning. For example, if you request that List A revert unfilled positions to List B, then you cannot also request that List B revert unfilled positions to List A. Similarly you cannot request a chain of reversions that moves unfilled positions from List A to List B, then from List B to List C, and then from List C back to List A.

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