The Match® 2022 Timeline

Eligibility Checklist by Candidate Type:

  • Will be sponsored by their medical schools
  • Must be able to start an ACGME® residency program on July 1st the year of The Match
  • Will be verified for graduation by their medical school
  • Must be able to start an ACGME® residency program on July 1st the year of The Match®
  • Must have their USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2CK scores, OET, and Alternative Pathway approval
  • Must have their credentials fully verified by ECFMG® by the week before The Match® (ECFMG communicates with NRMP® weekly to update candidate verification)
  • Includes previous US Medical Graduates, Canadian, and DO applicants
  • Must be able to start an ACGME® residency program on July 1st the year of The Match
  • Will have their credentials verified by their medical school

All residency candidates must be registered with NRMP® by the Rank Order List deadline.

Match Week

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Day 1

Monday, March 14, 2022

  • 9 a.m. — Applicants are notified through NRMP® if they are Matched, Unmatched, or Partially Matched. SOAP-Eligible applicants will receive the List of Unfilled Programs.

  • 9 a.m. on March 14th to 8 a.m. on March 15th — - Time to use Electronic Residency's Program Compatiblity Search! Applicants have time to research programs on the List of Unfilled Programs

  • 10 a.m. — ERAS® opens for applicants to select programs, prepare their applications, and submit applications.

  • Ideally, submit all 45 applications before 8 a.m. on Tuesday


Day 2

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

  • 8 a.m. — Residency Programs begin receiving applications and contacting applicants.

  • All Day — Keep an eye out for interview invitations. Programs will begin creating preference lists.


Day 3

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

  • All Day — Programs review applications, conduct interviews, and create/certify SOAP preference lists in the R3 system.


Day 4

Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Programs begin offering positions for applicants to Accept or Deny (Offer Round 1).

  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Programs continue extending offers (Offer Round 2).

  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Programs continue extending offers (Offer Round 3).

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Programs continue extending offers (Offer Round 4).

  • 9 p.m. — SOAP Concludes: List of Unfilled Programs updates to include unfilled residency programs that did not participate in SOAP and becomes available to all residency candidates registered to NRMP®.


Day 5

Friday, March 18, 2022

  • MATCH DAY

  • 12 p.m. — Match results released through NRMP®