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National Resident Matching Program FAQs

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) www.nrmp.org is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. Five organizations sponsor the NRMP: American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); American Medical Association (AMA); Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS).
Q. Does ECFMG certification have to be completed before I register for the Match?

A. You can enter a rank order list. If the NRMP receives notification from ECFMG that you have passed the required examinations (USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS), you will be included in the Main Residency Match. If the NRMP does not receive ECFMG confirmation of passed examinations, you will be withdrawn from the Main Residency Match shortly after the Rank Order List Deadline and your rank order list will NOT be used when the matching algorithm is processed.


Question regarding U.S. residency programs for foreign graduates

Q. "I am planning to present for the 2009 residency match. I was looking at the information you have on the residency programs across the U.S., but I could not find any information with regards to acceptance of foreign graduates. If this information is available at your Web site, could you please let me know how to look it up."

A. There’s good news out there. According to National Resident Matching Program data, although the match rates for IMGs declined slightly in 2007, the number who matched rose by 222. To find out more information on acceptance of foreign graduates, go to the National Resident Matching Program’s Web site.

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