The anticipation will soon be over for fourth-year medical students here and across the country, when they learn this Friday where they will train for the next three-to-seven years of their lives. On March 16, at precisely 12 noon, 100 students from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will open envelopes to learn where they’re headed for their residencies as determined by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The event will take place in the medical school's Class of ’62 auditorium.
The NRMP expects the 2018 match to be the largest in history, exceeding the more than 43,000 applicants who registered for the 2017 Match, and the more than 31,000 positions offered last year. Results of the main residency match are closely watched to predict future changes in the physician workforce.
How does the match process work?
For applicants, the process begins in the fall of their final year of medical school, when they apply to residency programs across the country in their chosen specialty. Applicants take part in interviews in the fall and early winter, and between mid-January and late February applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference. Those preference lists are submitted to NRMP, which then uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs.
The 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 with those of residency program directors. The NRMP, American Medical Association (AMA), and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) are hosting online Match Week (#Match2018) celebrations on Tagboard and YouTube, where Match participants and the medical education community can post pictures, videos, and congratulatory messages.