What's New

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Match for 2025-2026 Fellowship Academic Year Positions

July 15, 2024

Event

Match Results Now Available

Results of the 2024 SSO Breast Match are now available in the NMS Match System.

Programs must send letters of confirmation of the SSO Breast Match result to their matched applicants within 10 working days of the release of the results. Applicants must return the letter in accordance with the program's instructions within 30 days of the release of the Match results.

Programs that did not fill all of their available positions can offer those positions in the Post-Match Process. Any applicant who did not obtain a position in the Match is eligible to participate in the Post-Match Process. Unmatched applicants seeking positions should contact programs directly. Applications for the Post-Match Process must be sent to programs directly (not through the NMS Match System).

If a program accepts an unmatched applicant during the Post-Match Process, the program must notify SSO in writing within 30 days of the acceptance of the unmatched applicant. It is the responsibility of the Program Director to notify SSO of any fellow taken outside of the Match or of any changes in the status of a matched fellow.

July 9, 2024

Event

Match Results will be available July 15

Results of the SSO Breast Match will be released to applicants and programs on July 15, 2024.

Match result notification emails will be sent to participating applicants and programs in the morning and will be available online in the NMS Match System starting at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time on July 15, 2024.

Programs and applicants who have matched should contact the other party after 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time on July 15, 2024. Programs must send letters of confirmation of the SSO Breast Match results to matched applicants within 10 working days of the release of the SSO Breast Match results. Applicants must sign and return the letters of confirmation in accordance with program instructions within 30 days of the release of the SSO Breast Match results.

Applicants who are not matched and programs with unfilled positions may participate in the Post-Match Process. If a program accepts an unmatched applicant during the Post-Match Process, the program must notify SSO in writing within 30 days of the acceptance of the unmatched applicant. It is the responsibility of the Program Director to notify SSO of any fellow taken outside of the Match or of any changes in the status of a matched fellow.

July 1, 2024

Event

The Rank Order List Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 8

Applicant and program Rank Order Lists for the SSO Breast Match must be entered and certified in the NMS Match System by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 8, 2024.

Applicants who will not be submitting any rankings should withdraw from the Match. Applicants who withdraw are still permitted to participate in the Post-Match Process for positions that remain available after the Match.

Programs that have no acceptable applicants to rank or wish to withdraw a program from the Match because they no longer have positions available must also indicate this through the NMS Match System by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 8, 2024.

June 10, 2024

Event

NMS Match System Now Open for Rankings

The NMS Match System is now available for applicants and programs to submit rankings for the Match. The Rank Order List deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 8, 2024. Rank Order Lists must be entered and certified in the NMS Match System by the deadline to be used in the Match.

We strongly recommend that applicants and programs enter and certify Rank Order Lists well before the deadline date to avoid potential problems near the deadline.

June 10, 2024

Best Practices

Rankings Stratedy and Best Practices

We want to remind you of several best practices that you should use when submitting a Rank Order List for the Match:

Rank All Acceptable Choices
Participants may rank as many choices as they wish. Submitting a longer Rank Order List will not jeopardize your chances of matching with your most preferred choice but may increase the likelihood of getting a match.

Rank Your Choices According To Your True Preference
Don't consider how highly an applicant or program might rank you when ordering the choices on your Rank Order List. Using any strategy other than ranking according to your true preference may lead to a worse result for you.

Do Not Rank Any Choice That Is Unacceptable
Applicants can only be matched with programs that are on their Rank Order List. Programs can only be matched with applicants that are on their Rank Order List. Do not rank any applicant or program that you would not want to match with under any circumstances.

January 20, 2024

Event

Interview Notification Begins February 5, 2024

Starting on February 5, 2024, programs may invite applicants to interview. Programs may conduct interviews from February 29, 2024 - June 29, 2024. No interviews may be conducted prior to February 29 or after June 29.

Programs may elect for either virtual or in-person interviews. There should be one declared approach at each institution, either virtual or in-person, and no hybrid combination of both approaches. SSO supports the autonomy of each program to choose the format that best meets their needs and the needs of their fellowship candidates.

January 12, 2024

Event

Application Deadline is January 19

The application deadline for all programs participating in the SSO Breast Match is January 19, 2024. Applicants will not be able to submit or update applications after this date. However, outstanding reference letters can still be added to a submitted application after this date.

Applicants should not wait until January 19 to submit their applications. Submitting applications early ensures there is time to address any unexpected issues that may arise.

Applications can be submitted before letters of reference are received. Submitted applications will be updated automatically as soon as the letters are received.

January 2, 2024

Best Practice

Application Tips for Applicants

Here are some tips for preparing and submitting your applications:

1. Add Programs to Your List of Pending Applications
As soon as you find a program of interest, add the program to your list of pending applications in the NMS Match System. The program will be notified of your interest and will have access to your contact information. Some programs may contact you with more information, others may not. You can remove a pending application at any time if you are no longer interested in the program.

2. Allow Sufficient Time to Accommodate Unexpected Delays
We strongly recommend that you allocate more than enough time for each step of the application process (e.g., writing personal statements, requesting references, etc.), and plan to submit each application well before the January 19, 2024 application deadline date. This will enable you to address any unexpected issues that may arise in each step of the application process.

3. Customize Your Application Content
You can prepare and upload multiple personal statements or CVs to the NMS Match System, and send different versions to different programs. Be sure to give each document a unique and descriptive name so that you know which document you are including when you assemble each application.

4. Contact Your Reference Writers
Each application must include between 1 and 5 letters of reference from different reference writers. You may request as many different letters of reference as you wish, and you can attach different letters to each application.

You should let your reference writers know the application deadline date is January 19, 2024, and follow up with any reference writers who have not provided their letters as the application deadline approaches.


You can submit your application before the reference letters have been received. Your application will be updated automatically and the program(s) will be notified as your reference letters are received.

5. Consult the Website for More Instructions
The SSO Breast Match website has helpful information about the application process and a user guide for the SSO Breast Match Application Service.

December 18, 2023

Event

Applicant Registration Now Open

To obtain a Breast Surgical Oncology fellowship position beginning in 2025, applicants must register and participate in the 2024 SSO Breast Match.

The SSO Breast Match is now open for applicants to register and begin preparing applications for programs. Match registration information and instructions are available on the Applicant Registration page of the SSO Breast Match website.

The List of Participating Programs shows the programs participating in the 2025 SSO Breast Match.

December 13, 2023

Feature

Add and Manage Account Users

Program Directors can add new (secondary) users to their accounts in the NMS Match System.

Secondary users can view, manage, and change all program and track information. They will also be copied on emails sent to you from the NMS Match System (e.g., confirmations, reminders, etc.).

This new feature is particularly useful for Program Directors who want to:

  • Have a coordinator or assistant enter rankings and manage Match information
  • Provide temporary access to an individual to manage the program during an absence (e.g., vacation, maternity leave, etc.)
  • Keep other people informed of communications and the training site’s status in the Match.

Program Directors can log in to the NMS Match System and add new users from the Account section.

December 4, 2023

Event

Program Registration for the 2024 SSO Breast Match is Now Open

Program Registration for the 2024 SSO Breast Match is now open.

The Program Director of each eligible program has been sent a personalized link by email to register their program for the 2024 SSO Breast Match. If your program did not receive the registration email, please contact NMS for assistance.