Rankings by Applicants

The 2019 APPIC Match

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.
  3. If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for Phase II of the Match, you must withdraw using the NMS Match System.

Key Dates

Phase II

NMS Match System Opens For Rankings February 28, 2019
Rank Order List Deadline March 18, 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 at training sites where you applied that would be acceptable to you. 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 a program that appears 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 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 to a list that has been certified, you simply have to certify your list again before the deadline for it to be used in the Match.


Two applicants 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: