NRMP Match for PM Fellowship Positions
Below is a reprint of "Fellowship Recruitment & the NRMP Match" from page 6 of APM's Summer 2014 Newsletter.
Two earlier articles about the Match were published in the prior two newsletters:
- Introducing the Match: Summer 2013, page 4, "Fellowship Recruitment and the NRMP Match"
- Recap of the first year: Winter 2014, page 5, "NRMP Match for Psychosomatic Medicine Programs"
Authors of all articles were Philip Bialer, MD, FAPM and David Gitlin, MD, FAPM of APM's Education Committee.
After many years of working through the development of a more
efficient and equitable fellowship recruitment process, Psychosomatic
Medicine participated in the 2014 NRMP Specialties Services
Match. The APM has once again signed a formal agreement with the
NRMP and we are now on board to use the Specialties Match for the
2015 recruitment season. Now that program directors have experience
with the Specialties Match, we are confident that things will go
smoothly this year. Candidates should be quite comfortable with the
process, as they all will have used the Match four years ago for their
own residencies. While this still may feel like a major culture change,
we feel strongly that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks for large
and small programs alike and will eventually lead to the growth of
Following are some key informational points about the Match:
- To join the NRMP Match, at least 75% of ACGME-accredited
programs (nationally) must agree to participate. In addition, at least
75% of the total available positions (nationally) must be off ered
through the Match. Last year, more than 90% of our programs participated.
We are aiming for 100% participation this year. In addition,
the Fellowship Education Subcommittee has strongly endorsed
an “all-in” policy in which programs commit all of their available
positions to the Match.
- “Available positions” means those positions which have usually
been fi lled, typically those for which a program has funding. Th is is
not necessarily the same as the number of ACGME-accredited positions
unless a program typically fi lls all of those slots.
- NRMP rules require that subspecialty programs in the same discipline
participate in a single fellowship match. For example, all
Internal Medicine subspecialty programs (Cardiology, Nephrology,
Endocrinology, etc.) are run together. For Psychosomatic Medicine,
this means we will be coupled with Child/Adolescent Psychiatry,
currently the only other Psychiatry fellowship in the Match. Th is is
primarily for organizational purposes and will not complicate our
- Programs may continue to use the same
application process currently in place, either
the APM common application or individual
institutional application. ERAS
are not required.
- Although NRMP registration opens
September 10, programs may begin the
recruitment process, i.e., responding to
requests for applications and setting up
interviews, prior to that date.
For the July 2015 start date for fellowship
programs, the following dates and additional
- September 10, 2014: Opening date for
NRMP registration of programs and candidates.
- November 5, 2014: Rank-order list entry
- December 3, 2014: Final date for submission of position quotas,
i.e., number of positions each program will make available.
- December 17, 2014: Rank-order list certifi cation deadline
- January 7, 2015: Match Day
Programs which do not fill will be provided a list of candidates who
did not match to any program, and these candidates will be informed
by NRMP which programs continue to have openings.
Individual program costs:
- Institutions: $200 per institution (paid once for any participation
- Programs: $35 per program track
- Matched Applicant: $35 per applicant matched to the program