What does it mean to match into a residency?

The Match process is a uniform system by which residency candidates and residency programs simultaneously “match” to fill first-year and second-year post-graduate training positions accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

What determines residency match?

It’s no surprise that residency programs consider USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement among the top factors when choosing residency candidates.

How does residency couples Match work?

When applicants participate in a Match as a couple, their rank order lists form pairs of program choices that are considered by the matching algorithm. A couple will match to the most preferred pair of programs on their rank order lists where each partner has been offered a position.

What does matching mean for doctors?

In simple terms, the match is a system through which medical students get placed into a residency program. A minimum of one year of postgraduate residency training is necessary to obtain a medical license.

How hard is it to get matched for residency?

Getting into a residency program is a difficult process. It involves much more than studying for the USMLE® Steps 1-3 or COMLEX® Steps 1-3 or getting good grades in classes or rotations. You must be more than a good student; you must also have the ability to negotiate a system designed to select the very best.

How do I increase my chances of a residency match?

To increase your chances of matching, you should research each program’s IMG-match rates and overall match rates. If you’re applying for residency as an older applicant, meaning you graduated medical school more than five years ago, you should also look at the age trends among current program residents.

What does it mean if you don’t match residency?

Those who do not match in the initial Main Residency Match can apply for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). There are three SOAP rounds during Match week, in which unmatched students and residency programs can connect, and many applicants are placed into residencies this way.

Are couple matches guaranteed?

The chances are very good! While it varies year to year, the success rate for couples match—referring to whether or not people who enter the process as couples match anywhere at all—is around 95%.

DO all med students get matched?

According to data on the 2021 Match compiled by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), 46% of seniors from U.S. allopathic medical schools got the top choice on their rank-order list, while 72% wound up in their top three on Match Day.