Who We Are
ABOUT THE MATCH
The National Resident Matching Program (“The Match”) is an independent, non-profit organization that in 1952 conducted the first nationwide, systematic placement of allopathic medical school students into graduate medical education (GME) positions in United States teaching hospitals. Over nearly 70 years, The Match has grown to include osteopathic medical students and graduates and U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen international medical school students and graduates among its applicants in the Main Residency Match® and the more than sixty-five 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 60,000 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
MISSION AND VISION
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR AND CHAIR DESIGNATE
2020 was a remarkable year for NRMP and for all medical education. The COVID-19 pandemic upended end-of-year educational requirements and Match Day and commencement ceremonies across the country, placing applicants, training programs, and medical schools in uncertain and unprecedented circumstances. In response, NRMP established FAQs, conducted webinars, and built resources designed to provide guidance and clarity around 2020 appointments. NRMP also adjusted the 2021 Main Residency Match timeline to reduce financial stress on applicants and maximize time for applications and interviewing. In the end, the Main Residency Match and Specialties Matching Service matching programs realized very successful outcomes.
2020 also brought about strategic planning and consideration of ways for NRMP more fully to achieve its mission and represent the needs of all stakeholders. The Board of Directors sharpened its focus on the need for NRMP to establish a robust, strategic research agenda, and I am pleased that the first large-scale project under the new research agenda is the collection of primary source applicant demographic data, beginning with the 2022 Main Residency Match. NRMP held a call for public comment and queried multiple national student and medical education organizations to ensure we were listening to the community and aligning our efforts with the needs of medical education. Support from the community was strong; with applicant demographic data NRMP will be in a position to identify patterns of behavior around the ranking and matching processes and lead national conversations that address diversity, equity, inclusion, and transparency in residency and fellowship training.
Last but not least, it is important to recognize that 2020 concluded NRMP’s first full year under our new President and CEO, Dr. Donna Lamb. Despite the very challenging year, her vision has begun to steer NRMP in a new direction that is exciting, expansive, and service-oriented. The Board of Directors admires the leadership Dr. Lamb has brought to NRMP and the work of our dedicated staff. As I step aside from my role as Chair of the Board on June 30, I want to express my immense gratitude to the medical education community, my colleagues on the NRMP Board, and our many partners. The transition to residency remains a remarkable milestone in the lives of physicians, and I am excited for NRMP to continue its good work of informing and supporting that transition in the years to come.
Steven J. Scheinman, MD
I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the next chair of the NRMP Board of Directors. I am proud to be affiliated with an organization with such demonstrated excellence and integrity. Based on a Nobel-prize winning algorithm, the Match process over decades has proven to be stable and reliable, providing a vital service to students and residents as they progress in their medical training. The Match allows applicants to submit their true preferences with regard to programs, it considers all preferences of applicants and programs, and it allows applicants access to crucial offerings such as couples matching and multi-specialty matching.
The NRMP is moving into a new phase of innovation and engagement with the medical education community. As an example, it is exciting that the NRMP has decided to collect demographic data so that we will be able to expand the information that we provide our stakeholders and participate in the national conversation around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the matching process. I look forward to an exciting two years as chair as NRMP implements its strategic plan and charts progress as a critical organization in medical education.
Donna D. Elliott, MD, EdD
The NRMP continues to offer a cadre of tools and resources to support constituents throughout the matching process.
The Match Illuminator newsletter with timely tips and reminders for better Match participation and navigation is delivered to more than 17,000 individuals each month
Illuminator open rate averages 25 percent, 9 percentage points higher than the industry average
Fellowship specialty welcome newsletters achieve a 40 percent open rate or higher
Email ticket satisfaction rating averages 96 percent
Phone call handle response rates averages 98 percent
Chat satisfaction rating averages 98 percent
Overall customer satisfaction with NRMP online assistance averages 96 percent
Webinars, Learning Videos, and R3© System Support Guides
NRMP’s You Tube Channel has over 4,000 subscribers
More than two dozen micro-learning videos are available on a range of topics including registration, certifying rank order lists, match policy, and how the matching algorithm works
A collection of applicant- and program-centric live webinars are offered annually, each one achieving 1,000 registrants
Avg. Monthly Website Visitors
Press Release Pick-Ups
Board of Directors
Keith B. Armitage, MD
University Hospital Case Medical Center
Carol Berkowitz, MD
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
E. Sander Connolly, Jr., MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Susan Guralnick, MD
University of California, Davis
Holly J. Humphrey, MD
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Michael G. Kavan, PhD
Creighton University School of Medicine
Cathy Lazarus, MD
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Alvin E. Roth, PhD
Edward S. Salsberg, MPA
George Washington University
Kenneth B. Simons MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Ricardo J. Bello, MD, MPH
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Heather A. Lillemoe, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Christopher B. Traner, MD
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Sydney N. Miller
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Morgan B. Swanson
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Ebony White-Manigault, MPH