The Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) gives eligible residency candidates who go Unmatched or Partially Matched during the Main Residency Match® the opportunity to obtain an available vacant position from NRMP’s® List of Unfilled Programs.
The Post-Match SOAP occurs throughout Match Week. During this time, eligible residency candidates will view the List of Unfilled Programs from NRMP®, research and apply to 45 maximum programs, interview with programs, and participate in Offer Rounds.
No residency candidate wants to imagine they might not Match, candidates who like to be prepared for each step of the Residency Match Season know the Post-Match SOAP could be a possibility depending on how well your Residency Match Season is going.
You may want to consider preparing for the Post-Match SOAP if you:
Match Week and the Post-Match SOAP may feel far away, but it’s important to face the Post-Match head on. Residency candidates who understand the Post-Match and are fully ready to compete will have greater chances than those who did not take the time to prepare for the Post-Match.
During the first 4 hours of the Post-Match SOAP: learn your Match Status, and obtain the List of Unfilled Programs from NRMP’s® R3® system. Then, research, select and apply to a maximum of 45 programs through ERAS.
Wait for programs to contact you and interview. Interviews are typically over the phone or using a video chat service such as Skype.
Offer Rounds 1 and 2 are held. Offer Rounds are 2-hour windows when residency programs submit residency position offers to candidates they interviewed during SOAP.
Offer Round 3 is held, and SOAP concludes. After SOAP is complete, NRMP® will update the List of Unfilled Programs to include non-SOAP participating residency programs. They will also release the list to all residency candidates registered to NRMP®.
Those who were fully Matched on Monday find out their Match locations.
Start your Post-Match SOAP preparation:
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