NRMP Match – Overview
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), simply known as The Match, is a private, nonprofit organization.
It was formed in 1952 by medical students. It was established to provide an organized, efficient and fair method to match preferences for budding medical residents with available residency programs in the United States.
The Match offers incredibly efficient medical matching services in the US. This is a completely objective, accurate, fair and transparent matching process.
It uses an internationally-acclaimed algorithm, compiles comprehensive data reports and utilizes advanced technology.
The Match has helped thousands of medical aspirants to achieve their dream of becoming certified professional doctors in the US.
The NRMP organizes the annual Main Residency Match. This event involves over 44,000 registrations for around 37,000 available residency positions.
Besides, the NRMP also organizes Fellowship Matches for over 65 medical sub-specialties under its Specialties Matching Service (SMS).
The NRMP is run by a Board of Directors consisting of national medical and medical educational institute representatives.
The board also has medical students, graduate medical education program directors and resident physicians as its members.
The NRMP was formed as a trusted global provider of relevant services to healthcare professionals. It is the leading match data resource available in the United States.
Application Process to Register for NRMP
To take part in Match, eligible participants need to use secure Registration, Ranking and Results (R3) secure system and register by creating a unique username and password.
This system can be directly accessed by clicking on the “Login/Register” button at the top of the official NRMP website.
Those applicants who have participated previously will need to register once again in the system for the next Match.
However, such users can choose their previous username and password to complete the registration process a second time.
It is important to remember that you cannot register to participate in more than 1 Match at a time.
Let’s take a closer look at the steps involved the process to register for NRMP:
Step 1 – Preparing to apply
You will first need to register with, and complete, the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Services) application, if instructed to do so by the NRMP website.
Remember, you do not need to have an NRMP ID to complete the ERAS application. However, applicants to MATCH need to have an AAMC ID to register with NRMP to participate in the Main Residency Match event.
Once you have successfully registered with NRMP, you will need to log into the ERAS once more and update your profile details using the NRMP ID.
This makes it easier and more efficient for the program directors to determine placement for residency according to the program’s rank order sequence.
You will need to have the following ID numbers handy when registering with NRMP:
- USMLE ID (if you are a US MD student or graduate)
- ECFMG ID (if you are an international medical school student or graduate from IMGS) and also
- NBOME ID and AOA ID (if you are the US DO student or graduate)
Step 2 – Application for registration
Registering for NRMP is quite easy. Applicants need to provide basic profile details, such as their name, date of birth, exam scores, AAMC ID along with volunteer and work experience information.
You can update profile information at any point of time in the Match process.
Make sure to enter current and valid phone numbers and email addresses in the R3 system. You should remember to check “Yes” for informed consent. This allows NRMP to use professional profiling information for research.
The data lets NRMP continue printing invaluable reports that help future applicants and the graduate medical education community enormously.
Step 3 – Registration fee
Registration fee with NRMP allows you to access the vast resource provided by the R3 system. It also allows you to participate in the match and offers access to Match-related reports online.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when completing this step to register for NRMP:
- Prevent security breaches by keeping your NRMP username and password secure and secret.
- When registering for NRMP you should use the same name that you used in AAMC’s ERAS or ECFMG as this lets program directors identify you correctly and rank you in order.
- Remember, programs cannot access the information provided by you during NRMP registration. This information is only used for NRMP purposes.
- Use your personal email address to register for NRMP because medical school email IDs may get disabled once you graduate from your medical school.
Now that you know the details of the registration process, you can easily register for NRMP by clicking on the link – https://r3.nrmp.org/viewLoginPage .
The NRMP is an excellent comprehensive resource of medical residency opportunities within the United States.
If you are a budding doctor or surgeon who wishes to get the best-suited residency, then you should register for NRMP as soon as possible.