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Applicants Help - Ranking Issues

The 2018 APPIC 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The program I want to rank is withdrawn.

You should leave the withdrawn program ranked on your list.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 If the program remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and your list will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn program.


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 prior to the Rank Order List deadline in order for it to be used in the Match.


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

If you plan to participate only in Phase II of the Match, you should withdraw from only Phase I of the Match. To do this:

  • Log in to the NMS Match System
  • Under Status, select Edit next to Active
  • Select "Withdraw from Phase I Only"
  • Select Submit to confirm the change in your participation status

If you withdraw only from Phase I of the Match, when the NMS Match System opens for Phase II of the Match, your participation status will be updated to Active.

If you have accepted a position at a program 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.


What are the implications of withdrawing?

If you withdraw, you will be displayed to training sites within the NMS Match System as withdrawn and you will not be matched to a position. Any rankings of programs you may have submitted will not be used in the Match. You will also not receive further communication about participating in the Match from NMS. However, you will still have access to APPIC's Post-Match Vacancy Service (PMVS) that is available after Phase II of the Match.

Please Note: Withdrawing from the Match does not affect your eligibility to participate in the Match in future years.


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 3 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.


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 Internships to ensure the program you want to rank is registered for the Match.

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

Within the NMS Match System, training sites can be searched by Code Number, name of training site, location, program description, or name of the Training Director, as they appear in the List of Participating Internships. AAPI Online and/or the APPIC Directory Online 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 Internships on this web site.


Do my rankings from Phase I affect my rankings in Phase II?

No. If you do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match, you will be eligible to submit a new Rank Order List for Phase II of the Match.

The Rank Order List you submit for Phase II is completely unrelated to the Rank Order List you submitted for Phase I. None of the rankings you submitted for Phase I will be carried over to Phase II. You may apply to and rank any program that is participating in Phase II on your Phase II Rank Order List.

If you discover that a program to which you previously applied in Phase I has a position available in Phase II, you may apply to that program again for Phase II, and rank that program on your Rank Order List for Phase II if you wish (whether or not you included that program on your Rank Order List for Phase I).

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