Before 1952 getting into medical postgraduate training was not as streamlined as it is today. The admission and graduation dates where different for every institution creating a problem in filing physician positions. The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) was established to make the process uniform so that in coming residents got into residency at the same time and graduated at the same time. Basically the NRMP provides a uniform system by which residency candidates can simultaneously “Match” into a first year or second year accredited postgraduate training position.
What is the MATCH?
The match is the backbone of the National residency matching program. It is a computerized system where a connection is made between applicants for residency positions and available residency openings in institutions, that is, they are “matched.”
However, before this process the candidates and the residency programs will have to rank all the institutions or candidate they would like to come to their program, or vice versa, in order of preference Ki Residences. The candidates can only rank programs they had interviewed at, and residency programs can only rank candidates they interviewed. This process culminates in The “Rank order list.” This list is then literally let lose on NRMP computers to find suitable relationships based on an algorithm.
In a nutshell, the NRMP computers will match each individual applicant’s preferences to that of a residency programs and come up with another list, “The match list.” This list will show where every physician that matched will spend the next 3 to ten years in post graduate training.