Rankings for Applicants

The 2019 MedPhys Match

Things to Know

  1. The list of preferred programs you submit to the MedPhys 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, March 22, 2019.
  3. If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for the MedPhys Match, you must withdraw from the MedPhys Match using the NMS Match System.

Key Dates

NMS Match System Opens For Rankings March 5, 2019
Rank Order List Deadline March 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET


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 program.

Rank all programs to which you applied that would be acceptable. Submitting a longer list of programs may increase the likelihood of being matched.

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 MedPhys 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 for it to be used in the MedPhys Match. Certifying your Rank Order List lets NMS know it is ready to be used in the MedPhys 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 before the deadline in order for it to be used in the MedPhys Match.


Two applicants who wish to coordinate their matches (e.g., obtain positions in the same geographic location) may participate in the MedPhys 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.

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