Monday-Friday, March 12-16, is Match Week for the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2018 Main Residency Match®.
During Residency Match Day on Friday, March 16, thousands of medical school students and graduates from the United States and around the world will learn in which U.S. residency programs they will train for the next three to seven years, the day that just one letter can change the course of their career. After over a year of applications, interviews, and hard work, the residency programs rank their preferences and the match takes place.
On March 12, applicants learned if they matched into a residency program. Then the rest of the week, unmatched applicants participate in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) to try to obtain a position that did not fill when the matching algorithm was processed.
The NRMP expects the 2018 Main Residency 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 because they can predict future changes in the physician workforce.