Today, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) celebrates Match Day for the 2019 NRMP Main Residency Match. Medical school students and graduates from the United States and around the world will learn in which U.S. residency program they will train for the next three to seven years. Match Day marks the close of what is expected to be the end of an exciting Match Week and a rite of passage for young physicians that began last fall.
“Match Week is an incredibly thrilling and rewarding time for medical students and graduates, a time that validates the long years of study they have completed,” says Mona M. Signer, NRMP President and CEO. “It also is a special time for them to rejoice with family, friends, and the medical school faculty who have supported them. Match Day brings letter-opening ceremonies across the nation and fun student reactions on social media. NRMP is grateful to be a part of this annual event.”
The NRMP expects the 2019 Main Residency Match to be the largest in history, exceeding the more than 43,000 applicants who registered for the 2018 Match and the more than 33,000 positions offered last year. Results of the Match are closely watched because they can predict future changes in the physician workforce. View reports from previous Matches.
The Match Process
For applicants, the Main Residency Match process begins in the fall during the final year of medical school, when they apply to the residency programs of their choice. Throughout the fall and early winter, applicants interview with programs. From mid-January to late February, applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference and submit the preference lists to NRMP, which processes them using a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.