Rankings User Guide for Applicants

2021 SSO Breast Match


Key Dates

NMS Match System Opens For RankingsJune 14, 2021
Rank Order List DeadlineJuly 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

You will not be able to access the NMS Match System to enter or certify your Rank Order List after the Rank Order List deadline. You are strongly advised to enter your rankings and certify your Rank Order List well before the deadline to avoid potential problems near the deadline.

Enter Your Rankings

The Rankings summary on the Dashboard shows the number of ranks on your Rank Order List and whether or not your Rank Order List is certified for use in the Match.

To enter ranks into your Rank Order List, select the Rankings option from the menu in the NMS Match System, or select Edit in the Rankings section of the Dashboard. You can add tracks to your Rank Order List by importing them from your applications or by adding them one at a time.

Each program offers one or more tracks in the Match. A track refers to a type of position or stream of training at a program (e.g., positions offered at different locations may be offered as separate tracks). You must rank, and are matched to, a specific track offered by a program.

  • Add a Track
    • Start typing in the search box to find the track you want to rank. Tracks can be searched by Code Number, Program Director name, track description, or city.

      Use the available Filter to restrict your search results to a specific state.

    • Tracks that are withdrawn from the SSO Breast Match will have a Withdrawn flag next to their track name. You should leave the withdrawn track ranked on your list. If it becomes active again before the Rank Order List deadline, that ranking will be used in the Match. If the track remains withdrawn, that ranking will not be used in the Match, and your list will be processed as if you had not ranked the withdrawn track.

    • Select the Track you want to rank from the search results. Since the match processing is based on the track Code Numbers, make sure the 5-digit Code Number shown for the track you select correctly identifies the track you wish to rank.
    • Press the Add to List button to add the track to the end of your list. Tracks should be entered in rank number sequence if possible, with your most preferred track as rank 1, your next most preferred track as rank 2, and so on. You may add as many tracks as you wish to your list, and reorder the tracks on your list if necessary to reflect your true preferences.

    add track to rank order list
  • Delete a Track
    • Press the 'X' next to the track name to delete it from your list.
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  • Reorder a Track
    • To move or reorder a rank, use the drop-down menu attached to the rank number. You should select from the drop-down menu the rank number where you want to move the track.
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  • Import Rankings From Your Applications

    To import all the tracks where you submitted an application into your Rank Order List select the link to import from Your Applications near the top of the Rankings page. This link is only shown if no tracks are on your Rank Order List. After importing, you must order the tracks on your list according to your true preferences, make any changes that may be required to your list, and certify the list for it to be used in the Match.

  • Print Your Rank Order List

    You should print a copy of your final certified Rank Order List for your records.

    • Click on the Printer-Friendly link (provided at the top or bottom of your Rank Order List) and then use the print function of your browser.
    print rank order list

    You will be able to view and print your Rank Order List until 4 days after the SSO Breast Match results are released.

Certify Rankings

Certifying your Rank Order List tells NMS that your rankings are complete and ready to be used in the Match. You must certify your Rank Order List in order for it to be used in the Match.

Your Rank Order List must be certified by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 19, 2021. You will not be able to certify your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System after the Rank Order List deadline.

  • To Certify Your Rank Order List
    • Press the Submit for Certification button at the bottom of your Rank Order List, once you have added all your tracks and they are in the desired order of preference.
    • The NMS Match System will alert you if any issues or problems exist in your Rank Order List and prompt you to certify your list by re-entering your password and pressing Submit.

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    There are three ways to verify that the list has been certified:

    • A green banner will be displayed at the top of the Rankings page
    • certify banner

    • In the Rankings section of your Dashboard, it will indicate that the Rank Order List has been certified
    • certify statement

    • You will be sent an email from NMS confirming the certification

You can make changes to your list even after it is certified. If you make changes to a list after it is certified, the list will become uncertified and you simply have to certify your list again before the Rank Order List deadline in order for it to be used in the Match.

You are strongly encouraged to certify your completed Rank Order List well before the deadline date to avoid potential system access problems near the deadline.

Browser Requirements

The online NMS Match System is designed to be used with the security and features of modern web browsers.

  • Browser Requirements

    We recommend using the most up to date version of one of the following browsers:

    If you access the system with a browser that is not in the list above, or with a browser that is significantly out of date, you may see warning messages and experience problems.

    You must have JavaScript enabled and accept cookies for the NMS Match System to function correctly.