Match Systems

Match systems provide the mechanism by which the residency match process occurs. These are national systems through which applicants secure residency positions.

After interview season concludes, applicants and residency programs submit rank order lists to these national match system organizations who run their respective matching algorithms to assign applicants and residency programs to one another.

Matching systems’ timeframes may be adjusted during Covid-19. Please check the websites of each system for updates.

There are five primary matching systems: four US matching systems and one Canadian matching system.

For questions on the technical logistics of match systems, please contact Sarah Wood, the UW administrator of the residency application systems.

ERAS NRMP

San Francisco (Ophthalmology) Urology
Military (MODS)
June 9, 2021
ERAS season opens. Students will receive a token from Student Affairs within a few days of this and then may begin working on their application
September 15, 2021
2022 Match registration opens
July 1, 2021
Applicant registration begins
June 23, 2021
Registration opens. Students may begin working on their application
Estimated October 2021
Applications and rank lists due
September 1, 2021
ERAS opens at 6am PT for application submissions
January 31, 2022 8:59 pm PT
Applicant standard registration deadline for the Match and SOAP
September 1, 2021
Target application date for CAS system: Completed applications are released to programs
Exact dates vary by individual residency programs - contact programs for specifics
October 22 - January 12, 2022
Interview Period
Estimated December 2021
Joint Services Graduate Medical Education Selection Board
September 29, 2021
MSPE and applications released to residency programs. Residency programs may begin reviewing applications and MSPEs at 6 a.m. PT.
February 1, 2022
Rank order system opens
November 1 - January 7, 2022
Interview Period - all interviews are virtual
November 24, 2021
Preference List (rank order list) submissions begin
May 31, 2022
ERAS 2022 season ends
March 2, 2022
Rank order list certification deadline

Late registration for the Match and SOAP

Match withdrawal deadline
November 1 - December 1, 2021
Programs may offer open house tours
December 29, 2021
Registration deadline
Estimated Mid-December 2021
Results released to applicants
March 14, 2022
Match Week begins
SOAP begins
January 12, 2022
Progam rank list submission deadline
January 12, 2022
Preference List (rank order list) submission deadline
March 18, 2022
Match results released
February 1, 2022
Applicant rank list submission deadline
February 1, 2022
Match results released
February 8, 2022
Match results released

NRMP (National Resident Matching Program)

  • Used By: All specialties except for ophthalmology and urology. Civilian only.
  • System Opens: Mid-September of 4th year
  • Ranking Deadline: Mid-Late February of 4th year
  • Match Results Released: Third Friday of March
  • Allows for Couples Matching: Yes
  • Match System only

Understand how the NRMP matching algorithm works – 5 min. video

SF Match (San Francisco Match)

  • Used By: Ophthalmology
  • System Opens: June prior to 4th year
  • Ranking Deadline: Early January
  • Match Results Released: Mid-January
  • Allows for Couples Matching: No
  • Combined Application & Match System

Urology Match

  • Used By: Urology
  • System Opens: June prior to 4th year
  • Ranking Deadline: Early January
  • Match Results Released: Mid to late January
  • Allows for Couples Matching: No
  • Match System Only

Military Match

  • Used By: All military branches
  • System Opens: Dates to be communicated by each branch
  • Ranking Deadline: Dates to be communicated by each branch
  • Match Results Released: Mid-December
  • Allows for Couples Matching: No
  • Combined Application & Match System

CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching Service)

  • Used By: Canadian residency programs
  • System Opens: Varies by match iteration
  • Ranking Deadline: Varies by match iteration
  • Match Results Released: Twice per year – once in late winter and once in early spring
  • Allows for Couples Matching: Yes
  • Combined Application & Match System

flowchart explaining US based residency application systems