Who We Are


The National Resident Matching Program (“The Match”) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1952 to provide a systematic way of placing medical school students into graduate medical education (GME) positions in United States teaching hospitals. In 65 years, The Match has grown to include international medical school students and graduates among its applicants in the Main Residency Match® and the more than sixty Fellowship Matches managed through its Specialties Matching Service®. National Resident Matching Program International® (NRMPI®), a wholly-owned subsidiary, offers matching services to private and governmental agencies located outside the U.S. and Canada.

The Match is the largest health care matching service in the world, meeting the needs of more than 50,000 medical students and graduates annually who compete for more than 40,000 residency and fellowship positions. The Match also offers unparalleled data resources and is committed to research that benefits the GME community.

What We Do


Match healthcare professionals to training programs through a process that is fair, efficient, and reliable, and provide meaningful Match data and analyses to stakeholders.

What We Strive To Be


A trusted global provider of matching services for healthcare professionals and the premier Match data resource.


2018 was another terrific year for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®).  The Main Residency Match was the largest ever, with record-high numbers of U.S. M.D. and D.O. seniors matching to first-year positions.  The NRMP Specialties Matching Service grew as well with the addition of several new subspecialties. Staff traveled throughout the year to meet with constituents in the undergraduate and graduate medical education communities to share Match data and policy updates. Maintaining meaningful connections with the medical education community is a high priority for NRMP.  

In 2018, efforts were directed at providing new and improved resources to constituents. Interactive versions of Charting Outcomes in the Match and the NRMP Program Director Survey addressed an NRMP goal of helping applicants determine their goodness of fit with specific residency programs.  New learning videos were created, and NRMP conducted its first-ever webinar for residency program staff to help them better understand and navigate the matching process.  Lastly, our partnership with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates was expanded to establish a series of webinars for international medical graduates.

NRMP remains committed to ensuring its Matching Program delivers accurate results and is transparent in its processes. This report highlights some of our accomplishments in 2018. We hope you will take a moment to read it.  Your input about NRMP’s current initiatives and suggestions for future programs and resources are always welcome.

Susan Guralnick, M.D., Chair
Mona M. Signer, M.P.H., President and CEO


In 2018, NRMP delivered high-quality matching services and resources: participation in the Main Residency and Fellowship Matches was the largest in history, and informative reports were published earlier in the year to better assist applicants.  NRMP continued providing matching services overseas.

Main Residency Match

NRMP remains a trusted partner in the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education. The 2018 Main Residency Match was the largest on record when measured by the numbers of applicants and positions offered and filled. Participation by students and graduates of osteopathic medical schools grew by 29 percent, and the number of available PGY-1 [...]

Specialties Matching Service

The Specialties Matching Service saw record-high participation in 2018 with services provided for 66 subspecialties in 23 separate Matches.  Although the Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP) remained the largest Fellowship Match with 17 subspecialties, 15 of the Pediatric subspecialties came together in 2018 to create the second largest Fellowship Match, the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match. [...]

Reports and Publications

NRMP published three versions of Charting Outcomes in the Match in 2018, including the first edition of the report for osteopathic senior students.  For the first time, the reports were made available on July 1 in order to assist applicants in determining to which specialties to apply.  Charting Outcomes in the Match reports were downloaded [...]

NRMP International

NRMP remains committed to offering high-quality matching services to countries around the world and to partnering with global organizations that promote excellence in medicine and medical education.    NRMPI successfully completed its eighth Match for the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD): 119 United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals participated in the Match; 101 (85%) obtained [...]



NRMP bolstered connections with constituents in 2018 by building new interactive data resources for applicants, in-depth webinars for applicants and programs, and user-specific Match videos for all.


NRMP published the Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match for allopathic applicants, Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match for osteopathic applicants, and “At A Glance” Program Director Survey using the data visualization software Tableau®.

NRMP developed a series of tools to assist applicants in their determination of goodness of fit when applying to residency programs.

Tableau was selected as the optimal software for the initiative because it allows applicants to

  • create customized reports using their unique personal data
  • generate real-time reports and easily compare data across specialties of interest
  • identify potential areas for improvement compared to applicants who matched in the specialty
Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match – Allopathic: 57,000 views
Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match – Osteopathic: 11,000 views
“At a Glance” Program Director Survey: 12,000 views


NRMP sponsored webinars designed to to help program staff and applicants better navigate the Matching Program.  NRMP continued its partnership with the ECFMG, bringing much-valued content to international medical school graduates.

NRMP, The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and The Association of American Medical Colleges partnered to deliver just-in-time webinars to IMGs that focused on ranking behaviors and participation in the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program. 

  • More than 800 IMGs participated
  • Links to the presentations on the ECFMG website earned more than 3,800 downloads

NRMP’s webinar for new program staff provided introductory information about the Match as well as information about program set-up options, Match policies, and support resources.

  • More than 480 program staff participated
  • More than 700 views on the NRMP public website in 3 months


NRMP continued its instructional design initiative, launched in 2017 to develop additional learning videos for Match participants.  NRMP doubled its offerings to 20 learning videos and two webinars. Topics ranged from matching processes to policies and SOAP participation.

Short, customized micro-learning videos explain specific Match topics. New videos for 2018 focused largely on Match policy and how to help applicants and programs avoid violations of the Match Participation Agreement.

    • Medical Schools and the Matching Process
    • Applicant Policy Highlights
    • Applicant Policy Pitfalls: Applicant and Interview Processes
    • Applicant Policy Pitfalls: Matching Process
    • SOAP for Applicants
    • Program Policy Highlights
    • Program Policy Pitfalls: Waiver Reviews
    • Program Policy Pitfalls: Violation Investigations
    • SOAP for Programs

NRMP launched a YouTube® channel in late 2017, and a year later the channel had earned nearly 1,500 subscribers. 

Videos on the NRMP channel have been viewed more than 165,000 times



Call center staff continued to provide accurate and timely information to constituents. During peak periods for the 2018 Main Residency Match:


  • Phone call handle response rates averaged 92 percent

  • Chat handle response rates averaged 96 percent

  • Email handle response rate was 100 percent


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Twitter Followers
Avg. Monthly Website Visitors
Press Release Pick-Ups


The NRMP is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes medical school deans, GME program directors, resident physicians, and medical students. The Board prioritizes diversity and breadth of experience to ensure thorough and thoughtful deliberation of issues.

Susan Guralnick, M.D.
Susan Guralnick, M.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, University of California, Davis
Steven J. Scheinman, M.D.
Steven J. Scheinman, M.D.
President and Dean, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine; Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Geisinger
Kenneth B. Simons, M.D.
Kenneth B. Simons, M.D.
Executive Director and DIO, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mona M. Signer, M.P.H.
Mona M. Signer, M.P.H.
President and CEO
National Resident Matching Program
Board of Directors
  • C. Bruce Alexander, MD
           University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Keith B. Armitage, MD
           University Hospital Case Medical Center
  • Carol Berkowitz, MD
           UCLA-Harbor Medical Center
  • Deborah S. Clements, MD
           Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Donna D. Elliott, MD, EdD
           University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Holly J. Humphrey, MD
           The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
  • Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA
           Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Daniel W. Morrissey, OP
           Public Member
  • Maria C. Savoia, MD
           University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Edward S. Salsberg, MPA
           George Washington University
  • Zaid I. Almarzooq, MBBCh
           Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Jessica G. Fried, MD
           Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Elliott D. Kozin, MD
           Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Eriny Hanna
           Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Mallika Sabharwal
           University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Thomas Wickhan
           Univ of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


NRMP fees are among the lowest charged by medical education service organizations.

The Match registration fee includes access to
Data Reports and Research Articles
PRISM Smartphone App
Learning Guides and Micro-Learning Videos
Increases in revenue are funneled into
Information Technology (IT) Upgrades
Innovative Tools and Resources
*Calendar Year 2018 financials pending audit


If you have questions about NRMP matching services or any information contained in this report, please send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!


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