The D.O. Match
The AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program is a matching program that places students into osteopathic training positions in the United States for the first postdoctoral year of training (OGME-1).
The Intern/Resident Registration Program (the "Match") is sponsored and supervised by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The Match is administered on behalf of the AOA by National Matching Services Inc.
The Match provides an orderly process to help students obtain positions of their choice, and to help programs obtain students of their choice. Similar matching programs are also in use in other professions, including allopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and psychology.
With the Match, students must still apply directly to programs they are interested in, and students and programs interview and evaluate each other independently of the Match. However, no offers are made by programs before or during the interview period. Students and programs can evaluate each other fully before the programs must decide on their preferences for students, and before students must decide on their preferences for programs. After all interviews are completed, each student submits a Rank Order List on which the student lists the desired programs, in numerical order of the student's preference (first choice, second choice, etc.). Similarly, each program submits a Rank Order List on which the program lists the desirable students, in order of the program's preference. Each program also indicates the number of positions the program has available.
The Match then places individuals into positions based entirely on the preferences stated in the Rank Order Lists. The result of the Match is that each student is placed with the most preferred program on the student's Rank Order List that ranks the student and does not fill all its positions with more preferred students. Similarly, each program is matched with the most preferred students on its list, up to the number of positions available, who rank the program and who do not receive positions at programs they prefer.
The Main Residency Match
Mid March each year is Match Day for fourth-year medical students. On this day, the soon-to-be doctors discover where they will obtain their first job to continue their medical training. While Match Day is the most famous day of the week, the Scramble is the most nerve-racking.
Typically at noon on Match Day, everyone who is participating will receive an e-mail stating whether or not he/she obtained a position for the following year. Those who did not match will then enter the scramble on the following day. Around noon on Scramble day, a list of all of the nation’s unfilled programs will be released and applicants will try desperately to call and e-mail these programs in an attempt to secure a residency spot. They will also fax, email and electronically submit their application through ERAS to any place on the list. Interviews will take place over phones and via web conferencing. The available positions on the list will be taken in a matter of 3-4 hours.
Participants in the Scramble are forbidden from contacting any program prior to release of the Scramble list. Participants will frantically begin to apply and contact as many programs as possible in a short amount of time (usually with the help of friends and/or family).
One of the formal definitions of scramble is "to struggle or contend frantically in order to get something." Students must try and avoid the Scramble as much as possible. It’s not a pleasant way to find a position.
Contact Angela Bacon for more information about the Match.
Match Results 2012
Match Results 2012 redacted
The Match Outcome for All States
The Advanced Data Tables
The Available Programs Scramble
Match Results 2011
2011 Match Results
2011 Match Results NRMP