NRMP to Release Results for More Than 40,000 Physician Residency Applicants on March 20

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U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and other applicants participating in the 2015 Main Residency Match® will learn on Friday, March 20, from the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) where they will train for the next three to seven years.

The Match, National Resident Matching Program
It’s an exciting moment because it validates their years of effort and defines their future careers as physicians

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will announce results of the 2015 Main Residency Match on Match Day, March 20, at 1:00 PM ET. In 2014, more than 40,000 applicants vied for over 29,000 residency positions at institutions across the country, and the 2015 Match is expected to be even larger. Results of the Match are closely watched because they are predictive of future changes in physician manpower supply. Members of the media who would like to receive the embargoed advance data tables on Thursday, March 19, should email media@nrmp.org with your name, publication, and email address.

Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other applicants from around the world, a culmination of years of hard work and dedication. The achievement is recognized by medical schools at Match Day ceremonies across the country beginning at 12:00 PM ET on March 20. All applicants receive their Match results from the NRMP at 1:00 PM ET.

“At the medical school ceremonies, students are given personalized letters showing where they matched. It’s an exciting moment because it validates their years of effort and defines their future careers as physicians,” says Mona M. Signer, NRMP President and CEO. “We consider it a privilege to share in this life-changing day.”

The Match Process
The Main Residency Match process begins in the fall for applicants, usually in the final year of medical school, when they apply to residency programs at which they would like to train. Program directors review applications and conduct candidate interviews in the fall and early winter. From mid-January to late February, applicants submit to the NRMP their rank order lists of preferred programs, and program directors rank applicants in order of preference for training. The NRMP uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs using the preferences expressed on their ranked lists. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.

Resources: Match Data Reports & Interviews
Match data reports from previous Matches are available on the NRMP Match Data page. To schedule an interview with NRMP President and CEO Mona Signer, contact media(at)nrmp(dot)org. Contact your local medical school for details on their Match Day ceremonies.

About NRMP
The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the annual Main Residency Match® for more than 40,000 applicants, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 50 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).

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