This coming week is Match Week – the highly anticipated event of the residency application process for all senior medical students. Many people have heard of Match Day, but may not realize the carefully orchestrated and, at times, chaotic events in the week leading up to the day.
Monday, March 17 – At 12pm EST, Fourth-year students receive emails from the National Resident Matching Program letting them know if they matched. For most students who receive the coveted “Congratulations, you have matched” email from NRMP, there’s nothing to do but wait until the ceremony when students will receive the actual location of the program they match to. However, for those students -who find out they did not match – there is much to do before Friday.
These students will enter SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program) formally known as SCRAMBLE. Students will receive a list of unfilled programs and can begin “applying.” The process is stressful since students have usually never visited the program or city that they will be considering. Moreover, the programs listed may not be in the specialty to which the student originally applied.
Tuesday, March 18 – Unfilled programs begin ranking the unmatched applicants. Programs can start officially entering a list that ranks the unmatched applicants who have applied to them. Programs can continue to contact unmatched applicants who have applied to their program via SOAP.
Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20 – Unfilled programs submit rank list and SOAP offers are made. Candidates will be notified which programs have “offered” them a spot. Offers will be extended in rounds. Students will have three hours per round to make a decision.
Friday – March 21 – 12:00pm EST –Match Day ceremonies commence around the United States. This will mark the 32nd Match Day ceremony at Brody. Friends, family, staff, and faculty fill the Brody Auditorium anxiously waiting for their student’s name to be called at random and each student then proceeds to the stage to receive an envelope containing the name of the residency program to which they are matched. By tradition, monetary contributions are collected from those in attendance and the student whose name is called last receives that prize.
Kelly D. Lancaster
Director of Student Services & Financial Aid
Brody School of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs