Steps to Residency Match

  • Step 1: Begin researching programs
    Step 2: Contact programs to determine the method of application
    Step 3: Register for osteopathic (NMS) and/or allopathic (NRMP) matching services

    Download a complete guide to residency match with timelines/fees (PDF)

    Step 1: Begin researching programs

    Students should utilize on-line resources, such as those below, to learn about program expectations and reputation.

    Students should consider speaking directly with program directors and/or current residents to learn about organizational culture, structure and location, and how the student (and perhaps their family) might fit into the larger community.

    Step 2: Contact programs to determine the method of application (e.g. ERAS or independent applications)

    While the majority of programs will only accept applications through the AAMC endorsed Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), there are a few programs that still utilize independent applications. Learn more about ERAS.

    Important: If you are participating in ERAS, you must submit the following to the Registrar’s Office:

    Receipt of this information allows KCUMB staff to scan all supporting documents into ERAS and electronically transmit them to the students programs of choice.

    Step 3: Register for the osteopathic (NMS) and/or allopathic (NRMP) matching services and learn about associated responsibilities and deadlines

    NMS (Osteopathic)

    Provides an electronic venue for matching osteopathic applicants to AOA internships/residency positions in the United States for their first postdoctoral year of training (OGME-1).

    Preferences are determined by both the student and program directors. Important: Completion of an AOA-approved first postdoctoral year of training (OGME-1) is essential for the continuation of postdoctoral osteopathic training and future credentialing. All AOA-approved residency-training programs require satisfactory completion of OGME-1 training.

    Likewise, completion of AOA-approved postdoctoral training is required to sit for osteopathic specialty certification board examination. It’s also important to note that some states will actually deny licensure to osteopathic physicians unless they have completed AOA-approved postdoctoral training. To obtain an AOA-approved OGME-1 position in an osteopathic internship or residency, students must register for and participate in the AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program (the "Match").

    NRMP (Allopathic)  

    Provides an electronic venue for matching applicants to allopathic and dual-accredited residency/internship positions according to the preferences expressed by both the student and program directors on their individualized rank order list.

    Applicants utilize the online NRMP R3 System to register and participate in the process. The R3 System involves three steps: (1) Registration, (2) Ranking and (3) Results. Osteopathic students are considered to be an “Independent Applicant” and must follow the directions as outlined on the NRMP Web site.

    While a general timeline and statement about fees is provided below, students must keep in mind that some specialties operate on a different schedule. Consequently, students are encouraged to carefully review all information on the NRMP Web site prior to beginning the registration process.