NRMP® Policies during the SOAP and the Main Residency Match

The Post-Match SOAP® can be a difficult and frustrating few days. You wouldn’t want to make a tough situation worse by unwittingly breaking any of NRMP’s® policies. Below is a list of NRMP® Policies to be aware of which affect residency candidates during the SOAP and the Main Residency Match®.

**Please Note: Breaking NRMP’s policies can lead to a violations investigation and subsequent 1 to 3 year, or permanent ban from NRMP. Candidates who are flagged by NRMP suffer greatly during following Match Seasons.  

  1. First, you must be eligible for SOAP in order to participate
  2. Residency candidates may not initiate contact with programs
    • Programs must initiate the first contact with candidates
    • Those acting on behalf of a residency candidate may not contact programs either. For example, a medical school may not talk to a program to promote their student
  3. YOU MAY NOT SHARE THE LIST OF UNFILLED PROGRAMS or any other Match information from or maintained in the R3 system with any individual
  4. SOAP participating candidates may not apply to programs outside of SOAP until after SOAP ends
  5. If extended an offer during an Offer Round, you have two hours to Accept or Deny. After those 2 hours, the offer will disappear
  6. Accepting a residency position through the SOAP is a binding agreement to begin training at the residency program July 1st the year of The Match®
    • Unless you obtained a waiver from NRMP
  7. All SOAP residency program applications and other materials pertaining to the application must go through ERAS®
  8. All applicants must provide complete and accurate, personal and professional information through their application
  9. Applicants cannot apply, discuss, interview with or accept any residency position outside the Match after the Rank Order List Deadline
  10. Finally, do not initiate a chargeback for any of NRMP’s Match fees. NRMP may ban applicants who attempt to initiate a chargeback from The Match

These are only the policies most relevant to the Main Residency Match® and Post-Match SOAP for residency candidates. Be sure to review the full Match Participation Agreement to make sure you fully understand what is expected of you as a residency candidate.

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