National Matching Services


2018 ORMatch

Things to Know

Information and instructions to help applicants prepare and submit their Rank Order Lists for the Match will be posted by January 17, 2018.

Key Dates

NMS Match System Opens For RankingsFebruary 13, 2018
Rank Order List DeadlineMarch 2, 2018 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 at residency sites 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.



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