FAQs

NRMP International FAQs

Why does NRMP-I want my email address? What if I have not received email from NRMP-I?

Email is the primary mode of communication used by NRMPI, so you must keep your email current in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system. Some email providers use filters to ensure that users do not receive spam (junk email), and those filters can prevent NRMPI messages from getting through to your inbox. Our email address, nrmpinternational@nrmp.org should be added to your personal contact, address book, “Safe,” or “People I Know” list. If you are not receiving email from NRMPI and your provider does not offer such options, we recommend that you either contact your provider to determine the best way to access such messages or consider using an additional or replacement provider for your primary email address during the matching process.

What is the latest I can register for an NRMP-I Match?

The last date for registration varies with each Match, but can be found on the Match schedule of dates. Typically, the final registration deadline is also the Rank Order List Deadline.

How can I tell my rank order list is certified and ready to be used in an NRMP-I Match?

Your User Status in the R3 system will read “Certified” when your rank order list is final. Also, NRMP-I will send a confirmation to your primary email address that includes the number of programs on your list.

Can I make changes to my rank order list (ROL) after I certify it?

Yes, your rank order list (ROL) can be modified any number of times until the Rank Order List Deadline for your Match. No additions, deletions, or changes can be made to your rank order list after the deadline. If you change your certified ROL by adding, moving, or deleting a program, you must recertify it for it to be used in the Match. The R3 system does not save previous versions of your rank order list.

Are Match results released immediately after the Rank Order List (ROL) Deadline?

Match results are not released immediately after the Rank Order List Deadline because NRMP-I takes a number of steps to ensure the accuracy of Match results, including:

  • Checking the integrity of the data
  • Transferring the data to the matching algorithm module, rechecking the data, and processing the algorithm
  • Verifying the results of a Match and transferring the data into the NRMP databases and the R3 system

NRMP-I also creates customized Match results for applicants, residency programs, and Match sponsors and assures the confidentiality of that information.

How does the matching algorithm work?

The process begins with an attempt to match an applicant to the program most preferred on that applicant’s rank order list (ROL). If the applicant cannot be matched to that first-choice program, an attempt then is made to place the applicant into the second-choice program, and so on, until the applicant obtains a tentative match or all the applicant’s choices on the ROL have been considered. When the process is complete for all applicants, all tentative matches become final.

How will I know if I have matched to a program?

Match results are released based upon the policies of the Match sponsor.  In most cases, on Match Day, NRMPI Match applicants may log in to the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system using their username and password and

  1. Find out whether they matched and, if so, to which program, and
  2. View associated reports
What happens if I do not match to a position?

Some NRMPI Matches post a List of Unfilled Programs on Match Day. Applicants who learn that they did not match to a program can access the List in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system to identify potential training positions.

How will I know if my program(s) filled?

Match results are released based upon the policies of the Match sponsor.  In most cases, on Match Day, program directors may log in to the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system and obtain Match results and associated reports.

What happens if my program does not fill all positions?

Some NRMPI Matches post a List of Unfilled Programs as well as a List of Unmatched Applicants in the R3 system. Applicants who did not match can access the List of Unfilled Programs, and program directors who learn they did not fill their positions can access the List of Unmatched Applicants.