Timeline for the Post-Match SOAP 2016

As the Main Residency Match® and the Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) approach, it is incredibly important you understand the timing of the Post-Match SOAP.
2016 Match Week Timeline (1)

As you can see from this timeline provided by ElectronicResidency.com, Match Week is a jam-packed few days, especially for those participating in the Post-Match SOAP. Knowing what to expect will help you prepare yourself for the marathon that is SOAP.

Important to note: Friday, March 11, 2016, everyone registered to NRMP® will receive an email letting them know if they are eligible for participation in the Post-Match. This does not mean you didn’t Match.

Then, everything kicks off with the day of The Match®.

At 11 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, you will find out if you are Matched, Partially Matched, or Unmatched. Those who are fully Matched are done until Friday when they find out where they Matched.

Those who are Unmatched or Partially Matched and received confirmation they are SOAP-eligible have only 4 hours to look through the Unfilled Programs list and make their applications choices. You then have precisely 1 hour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to assign documents and prepare the applications (much like you did before September 15th).

At 3 p.m. Monday, applications to SOAP programs for their unfilled positions begin. For the first cycle, you will be allowed to send 45 applications. You can continue sending applications until Wednesday.

You may wonder, can I apply to a program I applied to during the Main Match? Yes, but your emphasis should be on programs you interviewed with or did not receive communication from that you are certain you qualify for.

On Wednesday, March 16th, Round 1 of offers will occur from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At this time, programs will be sending out any position offers. Candidates will have 2 hours to accept or deny any existing offers. After these 2 hours, the offers will disappear.

Round 2 will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16th.

On Thursday, March 17th, Round 3 will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Round 4 will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the final Round, Round 5, will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SOAP will conclude at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17th. At this time, the Unfilled Programs list will update to include programs that did not participate in SOAP and will be released to all residency candidates. If you were SOAP ineligible, you may apply to these programs and communicate as normal.

Finally, at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18th, those who were Matched find out where they were placed.


The SOAP happens fast and can be overwhelming which is why residency candidates should know what to expect. But, you don’t have to face the Post-Match alone. If you have any questions or need support, contact the expert staff at Electronic Residency by calling 760-904-5484 ex. 1 or emailing support@electronicresidency.com.



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