NRMP has redesigned the Post Match process in 2011. Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP)
replaces Post Match Scramble during the Match Week. The rules are being adjusted every year to accommodate for learnings from the past years inefficiencies, so make sure you review current revision.
The rules for 2018 SOAP can be summarized as:
Match results will become available to the applicants and programs on Monday of the Match week.
SOAP-eligible unmatched applicants can access the List of Unfilled Programs at 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday Match Week.
Total of 45 applications can be submitted to unfilled programs via ERAS during Match week. Applying in SOAP is free of charge.
There will be three rounds of offers issued by residency programs during Wednesday and Thursday of the Match week. All offers expire in two hours.
SOAP concludes at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week. Updated List of Unfilled Programs becomes available to all unmatched applicants. Applicants can begin contacting all remaining unfilled programs. Programs update the List as positions are filled.
Naturally, there will be fewer positions in every next round. Realistically, only applications submitted Monday and early
Tuesday have a chance of generating an offer, It would be a good investment of time to review the Match Week and SOAP Schedule,
so you know what to expect.
Please make sure you are aware of the timing are capable of applying to the programs on time, receive an offer and accept
before it expires!
IMG Residency SOAP guidance package
If you had few or none interviews, you have to prepare for the Post Match! Our Post Match Guidance Package will guide you
through the process, maximizing your chances.
Prioritize your SOAP application using a list of programs that are more likely to be unmatched. We will arrange the list
by your fit for program requirements. This will help you make most out of your ERAS application
by prioritizing application to programs where you have best chance
In case if you qualify for too few programs, we will
help you identify more places to apply. Post Match hiring criteria is usually not as strict as in the Match season. Once
you find programs that are interested in your application, which you wouldn't qualify for in the match, you obtain a great
competitive advantage by applying where other applicants won't
We will put together your application
web site for programs review. This will increase your exposure to potential programs and help us tracking programs that
looked at your application. See www.imgresidency.com/sample
Few weeks before the match, we will send a short introduction
e-mail with your application to ALL programs in your specialty. The goal is to make your application available to the programs
that may participate in the SOAP. You will get feedback from Program Directors and Coordinators about your fit and whether
it's worth applying in case the program becomes unmatched.
You identify the programs where you plan to submit your ERAS
application in the Match week based on the Lists and Program Directors feedback
We will help optimizing your ERAS profile
for fast and efficient application during first minutes after SOAP concludes. When the Unfilled Positions List comes up, your
complete application will be sent to all programs in minutes while others will spend hours.
MATCH WEEK. There will be a lot of stress
and questions… You will be working on ERAS applications, phone Interviews, review offers. We will assign a personal IMG
Residency coach available in Skype, Phone, and E-mail 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM to help you out, answer all your questions,
discuss available offers, manage timing, and make sure you are on the right track!
Once SOAP is over, we will keep looking for unexpected openings and off-cycle positions through the whole Post SOAP season until July.
Call us if you have any questions: (210) 787-4555 Click on the Messenger button to begin online chat with a representative:
Our Post Match service is compliant with all SOAP rules, NRMP policies, and your NRMP Match Participation Agreement. There
will be no contacts between you, us, and the programs outside of allocated Match time window.
After submitting ERAS application, you should expect phone (rarely face-to-face) interviews before getting an offer. Make
sure you are prepared. Post Match interviews are not like regular residency interviews that you visited or heard of during
the main Match season. PDs make decisions on the spot, often during your phone interview, which lasts 10-20 minutes. Make
sure you know how to make a strong impression and "win" the position!
IMG Residency Match Week Interview Preparation Service