The match process is how you and your residency program come together. Both you and the program will submit what is called a "Rank Order List" to the match program. There is then an algorithmic program that matches programs and applicants.
View the 2016 Match Infographic or click on the infographic at left.
Some osteopathic students choose to use the AOA match program (NMS) exclusively, and others choose to use the Allopathic match program (NRMP) exclusively. Still others will work with both programs in order to get what they feel is the best opportunity to match with their top-choice program.
Osteopathic students may apply to allopathic residency programs, but allopathic students cannot at this time apply for an osteopathic residency. Some osteopathic students choose to apply only to dual-accredited programs - programs that operate under the accredication of both the AOA and the ACGME. This is a personal decision that each student must make for him/herself.