What is the NRMP?

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME). It is governed by its board of directors. Five medical/medical education organizations, one program director organization, and three medical student organizations nominate candidates for election to the board: the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), the Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA), the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and the AMA Medical Student Section. The board also selects one program director, three resident physicians, and one public member from at-large nominations. Each year, the NRMP conducts a residency match that is designed to optimize the rank ordered choices of students and program directors. In the third week of March, the results of the match are announced.

The NRMP is not an application processing service; rather, it provides an impartial venue for matching applicants' and programs' preferences for each other consistently. Each year, approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school students participate in the residency match. In addition, another 18,000 "independent" applicants compete for the approximately 25,000 available residency positions. Independent applicants include former graduates of U.S. medical schools, U.S. osteopathic students, Canadian students, and graduates of foreign medical schools.

In 2008, the NRMP enrolled 4,214 programs in the Match, which altogether offered 25,066 positions. A total of 35,956 applicants participated in the Match. Of those, 15,692 were 2008 graduates of accredited U.S. medical schools and 20,264 were independent applicants.

Additional Information

Updated October 2010