Applicant Information General Information The Department of Otolaryngology participates in the National Resident Matching Program. The NRMP is a matching service that matches applicants to programs according to preferences expressed by both parties on their individualized rank order list. Because it provides a uniform date for decisions about residency selection, the NRMP eliminates the pressure that might otherwise fall upon applicants and programs to make decisions before all options are known. The Match Participation Agreement has guidelines and procedures developed to accomplish this objective, and should be reviewed carefully. There are three steps in a match: registration, ranking, and results. The process is conducted on the web through the NRMP’s Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) System. Registration Each match has a separate registration schedule, all of which are kept on the NRMP’s Schedule of Dates. To register for any of the matches offered by the NRMP, applicants must go to www.nrmp.org and click on the register/login button. The website will walk you through the required steps. Results are posted on Match Day at 1:00 p.m. (est) on the NRMP website, or can be obtained by contacting the NRMP office. International Applicants Prior clinical experience in the United States is not required for international students to apply. It is the responsibility of the individual to secure the proper visa. The only acceptable status is an ECFMG sponsored J-1 visa. We also recognize "green cards." University of Rochester policy does not permit H-1 or H-1b visas. If you have any questions regarding visas, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at (585) 275-4607. For information regarding ECFMG certification, visit the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org.