Match Resource Center



2021 Match Stats

What Is the Match?


"The match" can mean any of the sessions that are a part of the current system by which students obtain a residency in their chosen specialty, including the military match, the urology match and the San Francisco match (which includes ophthalmology and plastic surgery), but usually refers to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match, the largest residency match for medical students trained both in the US and internationally. Today's match was developed at the request of medical students seeking an improved system of placement into residency. It's run by the NRMP, a private, non-profit organization established in 1952. The NRMP uses a computer algorithm to align the preferences of both residency program directors and applicants for placing into residency. Under this system, all participants follow the same rules, adhere to the same deadlines, and both applicants and program directors can consider all their options before making any decisions.

Match Week begins March 15, 2021, and culminates on Match Day, March 19. The 2021 match is the second match system administered under single GME. This single system, run by NRMP, simplifies the process for osteopathic medical school students, who previously had the option of participating in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)'s National Matching Service, in addition to the match conducted by NRMP.

Robert A. Cain, DOMatch Week: Reflecting on the Past, Looking toward the Future

Dr. Cain, AACOM's President and CEO, reflects on his medical career milestones and recognizes the hard work and dedication of all the students preparing for Match Week this year.

Donna-Lamb_100pwAn Interview with Dr. Lamb, President and CEO of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN, shares her expectations for this year’s Match, her connections to the osteopathic community, and her vision for leading the organization into the future.

Match Basics

  • What is the Match?

    The Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System has brought about some changes to both residency programs and the match process for medical students nationwide. Here's what you need to know.

  • I Successfully Matched, Now What?

    Congratulations! You’re about to take your first steps into the much larger world of residency training. Here are three key steps you can take to prepare.

  • I Didn't Match, What Do I Do?

    It can be very daunting if you find yourself without a residency placement. But you still have options available to you after Match Day. Here’s where to start.

COM Contacts

Please use the list below to contact the representative at your COM if you have further questions about the NRMP Match:

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Match 2021 Social Media Toolkit

This toolkit includes hashtags, downloads, sharable items, social templates and all things social for students and colleges to celebrate Match 2021!  Click to open.