Rankings for Applicants

2024 SSO Breast Match

Things to Know

  1. The list of preferred tracks you submit to the SSO Breast Match is called a Rank Order List.
  2. You must log into the NMS Match System to enter and certify your Rank Order List by the Rank Order List deadline, July 8, 2024.
  3. If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for the SSO Breast Match, you must withdraw from the SSO Breast Match using the NMS Match System.

Each program offers one or more tracks in the SSO Breast 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 will be matched to, a specific track offered by a program.

Key Dates

NMS Match System Opens For RankingsJune 10, 2024
Rank Order List DeadlineJuly 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


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 track.

Rank all tracks at programs to which you applied that would be acceptable. Submitting a longer list of tracks may reduce your chances of being left unmatched.

Do not rank any track that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to the track under any circumstances). You can only be matched to tracks that appear on your Rank Order List.

Certify Your Rank Order List

You must certify your Rank Order List in the NMS Match System in order 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 after your list 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.

Rankings User Guide

Consult the Rankings User Guide for detailed instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists.

Rankings User Guide