NRMP / The Match

System Name:

NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) / The Match

Used By:

Program Directors and Coordinators

GME Contact:Yolanda Lundsgaard


The NRMP uses a mathematical algorithm to place applicants into residency and fellowship positions.  The algorithm is “applicant-proposing”, meaning the preferences expressed on the rank order lists submitted by applicants, not programs, initiate placement into residency training. 


Access System:

All NRMP® Matches are managed through the NRMP®’s Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®)system. The R3® system can be accessed directly at or by clicking the orange “Register/Login for a Match” button in the right menu bar on every page of


New program directors and program coordinators are added as NRMP users, by the Institutional Official/DIO or Institutional Administrator/GME Coordinator handling NRMP duties, when Program Director or Program Coordinator are appointed to those respective positions.  When registration opens, programs will receive emails as outlined below.


First-time users will receive an email on the day Match registration opens that contains an R3® system token link. Users who have not yet received a token link or who have difficulty redeeming the token should contact NRMP at for assistance.  View Token Redemption and Registration for New Users

During registration, users must create a permanent unique username and password for the R3®system. This information belongs to the individual, not the institution, program, or medical school, and it is a violation of the Match Participation Agreement if a user allows another individual to use personal login credentials to access the R3® system.


Returning users will receive a welcome email form NRMP on the day Match registration opens.  Credentials for institution, program, and school users carries over from previous Matches. Returning users must log in to the R3 system to complete registration. View Token Redemption for Existing R3 Users


When registration opens for a Match, NRMP institutional officials must initiate the matching process by logging in to the R3 system and completing the following tasks:

If a new user, redeem the email token sent by NRMP and create a username and personal password

Electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement

Activate programs for Match participation

Add new programs and designate non-participating programs

Update program staff, where necessary

Notify program directors that their programs have been activated and ask that they promptly log in and complete the Match registration process, including updating program quotas, reversions, and public contact information

quota changes for residency programs

quota changes for fellowship programs

reversions for residency programs

reversions for fellowship programs


Institutional officials who also are program directors, as well as program directors with multiple programs or program tracks, must select the appropriate role when logging in to the R3 system.

Places This System is Referenced

LSU GME Knowledge Base

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