Welcome to the 2019 Match Season! Important Dates and Policy Changes from the NMRP.

The 2019 Main Residency Match® is about commence with registration opening September 15th, 2018. We outline the most important dates here – but do consistently check the National Resident Matching Program® (NMRP) website for any changes. In this post, we’ll highlight some key dates as well as any major policy changes. This is up to date as of September 8th, 2018.

Here are some critical dates to have in your calendar.


  • September 15th: registration opens on 12:00 pm EST.
  • November 30th: standard application registration deadline at 11;:59 pm ($50 late fee)


  • January 15th: entry portal opens for your rank order list 12:00 pm EST.
  • February 20th: rank order list certification due at 9:00 pm EST

Match Week starts on March 11th with applicants finding out IF they matched. The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) begins at 11:00 am EST. March 14th is the date when SOAP concludes at 11:00 am EST.

March 15th is Match Day.

There are a few notable policy changes from the NMRP for the 2018-2019 season. Applicants are required to provide up to date information to programs during the application, interview and/or matching process (up to the 45th day of training) and to the NRMP for the following:

  • Waiver requests
  • Violation investigations
  • Arbitration proceedings

This information includes an applicant’s ability to satisfy program requirements and instances that would negatively impact an applicant’s VISA status, licensure status, and ability to start the training program.

Lastly, the NRMP will certify an existing rank order list in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system after the Rank Order List Certification Deadline (February 20th at 9:00 pm EST). The applicant must submit a written request and consent within 48 hours after the deadline (February 22nd 2019). This is a life life for candidates who for some reason did not certify in time. Remember, the NRMP will not MODIFY tha rank list – they will only certify it.