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Get ready for residency: 2019 Match timeline

Keep it moving with AACOM’s 2019 Match timeline, which has every date you need for the NRMP and AOA matches.

Editors note: This timeline was originally published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. An edited version is posted here with permission.

This 2019 Match timeline covers both the National Resident Matching Program Match and the final AOA Match. Here are the important dates, deadlines and details you need to stay organized.

June 2018

  • June 7: ERAS 2019 begins, applicants can register on MyERAS and begin working on their application.
  • Students can register for the AOA NMS Match. See NMS schedule.

July 2018

  • July 5: DO applicants start applying to AOA-accredited programs only via ERAS.
  • July 15: AOA-accredited residency programs start receiving applications through ERAS.
  • July 15: Deadline for applicants to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine programs to complete the AAMC Standardized Video Interview.
  • July 2018-January 2019: Students apply to programs. Interviews and decision-making happen early. Programs receive applications through ERAS, programs have varying deadlines for their applications.
  • July-September 2018: Each institution that offers AOA-accredited OGME-1 internship or residency positions, or OGME-2 dermatology positions, that begins training in 2019 must provide to NMS information on its program(s) for the Match.

September 2018

  • Sept. 5: Applicants start applying to ACGME-accredited residency programs through ERAS.
  • Sept. 15: ACGME-accredited programs start receiving applications through ERAS.
  • Sept. 15: NRMP registration opens for the 2019 Match at 12 p.m. ET.

October 2018

November 2018

  • Nov. 1: Recommended date by which students should register for the AOA Match (but can register after this date if necessary). By this date, NMP will post a list of programs participating in the AOA Match here.
  • Nov. 20: Instructions for submitting rank order lists and obtaining match results will be available to students and programs registered for AOA Match.
  • Nov. 30: Registration deadline for NRMP applicants (applicants can register after this deadline, but will need to pay a late registration fee to the NRMP).

December 2018

  • Military match results are available.

January 2019

  • Jan. 8: AOA Match participants may begin to submit rank order lists.
  • Jan. 18: AOA Match rank order list deadline. Final date for submission of student and program rank order lists. Programs can change the number of positions to be filled for a program using AOA match until 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Jan. 15: NRMP rank order list entry opens at 12 p.m. ET.
  • Jan. 31: NRMP program quota change, withdrawal and SOAP participation deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Urology and ophthalmology residency match results are available.

February 2019

  • Feb. 4: Results of the AOA Match released to all participants in the Match (students and institutions) as well as COMs and OPTIs. Institutional contracts due within 10 working days after receipt of the Match results. Match result information posted online.
  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m. ET: Beginning at this time, AOA Match participants who did not match to a position and programs with positions available may contact each other to fill available positions. AOA programs can post available positions on the AOA Post Match.
  • Feb. 11: Programs that are accredited by both ACGME and AOA and participating in both matches must contact NRMP no later than this date to request a change to the number of positions offered through the NRMP.
  • Feb. 20: NRMP rank order list certification deadline is at 9 p.m. ET. This is also the late registration/match withdrawal deadline.

March 2019

  • March 11: NRMP Match week begins.
  • For unmatched students—NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) begins on March 11 at 11 a.m. ET and ends on March 14 at 11 a.m. ET.
  • March 15: NRMP Match Day! Match results are sent by email and posted in the R3 system at 1 p.m. ET. Unmatched DO students can participate in the AOA scramble until positions fill. AOA programs post available positions on the AOA Post Match.

May 2019

  • May 31: ERAS 2019 Season ends, MyERAS closes at 5 p.m. ET.

July 2019

  • July: Most residency programs start residency training between late June and July 1.

For further reading

NRMP Match results: DO students participate and match in record numbers

You’ve matched – congrats! Here’s how to prepare for your residency or internship

Making the post-match move: 5 tips to ensure a smooth relocation


  1. Douglas Martin

    If I rank say 3rd on a program’s list for AOA match and they are my 2nd but only participate in later NRMP , to try to get my 1st will I be ranked all over again vs MDs for the NRMP and possibly loose out?

    1. James Swartwout, AOA Senior Vice President of Education and Accreditation

      Hi Douglas,

      For assistance with your query, please contact the NRMP help desk at 866-653-NRMP or send it to

      Many thanks.

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