Residency Match Information

The Regular Match 

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®)

NRMP is the platform used for matching in all specialties except ophthalmology (PGY-2), urology, and the military. NRMP’s mission is to provide a fair and efficient process for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. This matching process uses a computerized mathematical algorithm that matches applicants to the highest program on their list that has in turn ranked the applicant highly enough to match.

NRMP Website

Class of 2021 Timeline to Regular Match Day

Registration for NRMP opens on September 15

  • Registration Window is September 15 – January 31

To register, please click on below link and select "Register for Residency"

NRMP Registration

NRMP Rank List Opens on February 1, 2021

  • Window to submit Rank List is February 1 – March 3

We encourage students to submit rank list at least a few days before March 3 deadline.

Match Week: Monday, March 15 – Friday March 19

  • Monday, March 15, 2021: students learn if they matched
  • Match Day: Friday, March 19, 2021 students learn where they matched

Early Match

San Francisco Match (Ophthalmology)

Students applying for ophthalmology residency apply and match through the San Francisco Match (SF Match) for advanced entry positions, while applying through ERAS and matching through NRMP for PGY-1 positions. Some positions are categorical and include a PGY-1 position at the same program. The SF Match is timed to allow applicants to know their placement in ophthalmology before they submit their PGY-1 rank list. PGY1 positions in preliminary medicine, preliminary surgery, and transitional are acceptable. It is recommended that students submit the online ophthalmology application by the first of September. Rank lists are due on January 25 and match results are provided on February 1. 

SF Match

Class of 2021 Timeline for SF Match (Ophthalmology) 

  • July 1, 2020: Applicant registration begins and students can begin working on their applications via the Central Application Services
  • August 15 – September 1, 2020: Target deadline for complication of applications
  • October 21, 2020: Deadline for applying to PGY-1 preliminary programs through ERAS
  • January 25, 2021: Rank order submission deadline
  • February 1, 2021: Match results released

American Urological Association Match (Urology) 

Urology Match is overseen by the American Urological Association (AUA). Each program has their own program requirements and application deadline. As of July 2019, The AUA Match Program, now includes an integrated preliminary (PGY-1) year in the full course of training so students participating in the AUA Match no longer are required to register with the Main Residency Match to obtain the PGY-1 year of training. Participation in ERAS is on an individual program basis and ERAS provides a list of participating programs.

AUA Match

Class of 2021 Timeline for AUA Match (Urology)

  • June 24, 2020: Urology registration opens for applicants 
  • October 21, 2020: Application completion target date 
  • January 12, 2021: Rank order submission deadline
  • February 1, 2021: Match results released

Military Match

The Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board (JSGMESB) administers the residency selection process for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. Some aspects of the military match process are similar to the civilian residency application process. Students apply through ERAS, but match through the military by completing a different online application system called MODS for the Military Match in their respective branch. 

Timeline for Military Match

  • Early-mid October of fourth year: Deadline for submitting all post graduate year 1 (PGY-1) application materials and rank lists through MODS 
    • Please note that for the Navy, the deadline ​to create and submit a new application is end of August, but modifications can be made to existing submitted applications through October 15th
  • Mid-late November of fourth year: The JSGMESB meets and ranks the applicants using various criteria such as grades, USMLE scores, performance on rotations, interviews
  • Mid-December: The selection board results are posted on MODS

It is important to stay in contact with your branch of service regarding the application process, as there are differences between the Army, Navy, and Air Force that can only be addressed within that specific branch. Links for additional information and application details specific to each branch are as follows:

Air Force: 

Air Force Medical Service


Army Graduate Medical Education


Navy Graduate Medical Education