SOAP for Programs


  • Can accept applications only through ERAS and can offer positions only through SOAP® until SOAP® concludes on Thursday of Match Week.
  • Cannot contact applicants directly or through personal contacts until after an ERAS application has been received.
  • Cannot ask applicants to commit to an offer prior to the offer being extended through SOAP®.
  • Must refrain from engaging in communication about unmatched applicants until you receive their applications, and do not ask an applicant to commit to accepting your SOAP® offer.
  • Cannot “create” positions for unmatched applicants until SOAP® concludes. Positions can be created only for partially-matched applicants.
  • Can opt out of SOAP®, but cannot fill positions until SOAP® concludes!  (Deadline to opt-in or opt-out of SOAP® is before Match Week, January 31).


  • Prepare for SOAP® and other Match Week activities by reviewing the Match Week schedule. Also, review SOAP® tutorials and FAQs to ensure you fully understand SOAP® policy and functionality in the R3® system.
  • Thoughtfully consider applications you receive. Offers extended constitute a binding commitment should the offer be accepted.
  • Make sure your preference list is adequate in length based on the number of unfilled positions.
  • Log in to the R3® system after SOAP® concludes to manage any remaining unfilled positions. The List of Unfilled Programs, updated to include unfilled programs not participating in SOAP®, is available from R3® system top menu bar to all unmatched and partially matched applicants.  Applicants can begin contacting all remaining unfilled programs.  Programs can update the List as possible are filled.  


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