The AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program is a matching program that places students into osteopathic graduate medical education positions in the United States. 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.
To obtain an AOA-approved OGME-1 position in an osteopathic internship or residency, or to obtain an OGME-2 residency position in Dermatology or Preventive Medicine-Public Health, students and trainees must register for and participate in the AOA Match.
The purpose of the Main Residency Match is to provide a uniform time for both applicants and programs to make their training selections without pressure. Through the Main Residency Match, applicants may be “matched” to programs using the certified rank order lists (ROL) of the applicants and program directors, or they may obtain one of the available unfilled positions during the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program®. The Main Residency Match is managed through the NRMP’s Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.
The NRMP seeks to maintain the highest professional standards in the conduct of the Main Residency Match and in its interactions with all participants: applicants, program directors, institutional officials, and medical school staff. All participants in the Main Residency Match must conduct their affairs in an ethical and professionally responsible manner and respect the right of applicants to freely investigate program options prior to submission of their rank order lists.
The NRMP also offers couples matching.