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NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance ProgramSM (SOAPSM)

The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) is a standardized and uniform process for those applicants who do not secure a residency position or who are only partially matched through the NRMP Main Residency Match and for those residency training programs that have training positions unfilled by the Main Residency Match and are seeking eligible applicants.

What is SOAP?

  • SOAP is a series of rounds during which programs make offers; it is not a second Match.
  • Applicants express preferences by applying to programs through ERAS.
  • Programs express preferences with lists of applicants in the NRMP Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) System.
  • Through the R3 System, program offers are extended to applicants.
  • Applicants could receive multiple offers in any round.
  • Positions offered and accepted during SOAP establish a binding commitment enforced by the NRMP Match Participation Agreement.

To be eligible to participate in SOAP, an international medical student/graduate must, among other requirements:

  • Have registered with MyERAS 2014.
  • Have registered with the NRMP for the 2014 Main Residency Match.
  • Be fully or partially unmatched.
  • Have taken and passed the examinations necessary for ECFMG Certification.

During SOAP, eligible applicants:

  • Can access the List of Unfilled Programs for those positions for which they are eligible.
  • Can apply only to unfilled Match-participating programs.
  • Must use ERAS to apply to programs.
  • Cannot use phone, fax, e-mail, or other services to contact programs.
  • Cannot have another individual/entity (including medical school) contact programs.
  • Can accept positions only through SOAP during Match week.
  • Cannot apply to non-Match participating programs until after Match week.

Ineligible applicants cannot participate in SOAP and will not have access to the List of Unfilled Programs.

To obtain detailed information on SOAP, visit the SOAP page on the NRMP website.

The ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) also provides information about SOAP in the Ask the Experts: NRMP’s Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) resource.

For additional SOAP resources, including an applicant checklist and instructions on how to apply and reapply to programs during SOAP, please monitor the AAMC website as Match week approaches.

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Important Dates:

April 2: ERAS 2014 Tokens are no longer available through ECFMG’s OASIS. Please call ERAS Support Services at (215) 966-3520 if you need an ERAS 2014 Token.

Memorial Day Holiday: ERAS Support Services will close at 2:00 p.m. on May 23 and reopen May 27.

May 31: ERAS PostOffice closes, ending the ERAS 2014 season.

All times shown are Eastern Time in the United States.

Reminder: ERAS Support Services at ECFMG no longer accepts paper documents in support of ERAS residency applications. All supporting documents must be submitted electronically via one of the available methods.

Documents uploaded using ECFMG’s OASIS and AAMC’s LoR Portal will take two weeks to process.

Monitor the ADTS section of AAMC’s MyERAS website to track the status of your ERAS application.

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