Improvement of Board Processes. In 2020, the NRMP Board of Directors began engaging in conversations about ways to strengthen the governance infrastructure of the NRMP. Early efforts were directed toward ways to improve the recruitment of new members and identify key skills needed among Directors. Throughout 2021 and 2022, those conversations continued, resulting in the following Board-approved enhancements:
+ Updated nominations process that allows for election of new members in winter, a tiered orientation in the spring, and the ability for incoming Directors to shadow a Board meeting before their term commences
+ Reimagined role of Board liaisons, with greater emphasis on and accountability for exploring and improving issues related to the transition to residency
+ Establishment of a Governance Committee to streamline processes and reduce time commitments of Directors while providing a more seamless decision-making process and efficient movement on key initiatives
+ Enhanced safety protocols to protect against COVID-19 transmission as the Board gradually moves toward in-person meetings
Looking beyond physician matching. In 2020, the NRMP initiated the development of a technology platform to facilitate matching for industries not requiring the complexity of physician matching. That new platform, iMatchSM, provides for registration, ranking, and results, and works seamlessly with the NRMP matching algorithm. Using iMatch, the NRMP engaged in 2021 in a pilot project with the Department of State, ranking and matching Foreign Service employees into posts around the world. The pilot will continue into 2022. Also in 2022, the NRMP formed a second subsidiary – National Matching ProgramSM – to provide matching services to government, higher education, and other not-for-profit organizations to improve their recruitment and selection processes. The NRMP Board of Directors appointed Laurie Curtin, PhD, the NRMP’s Chief Policy and Research Officer, as the Executive Director and Dr. Donna Lamb, the NRMP’s president and CEO will act as the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors. With 70 years of growth and understanding under its belt, the NRMP is poised to help other industries and organizations offer simple, equitable, and effect solutions that prioritize the preferences of applicants.