Match FAQs


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General Information

Q: What is Match?
Q: What is the difference between ADEA PASS and Match?
Q: Do all postdoctoral dental education programs participate in the Match?
Q: Why are there programs that do not participate in Match?
Q: Do I have to participate in both ADEA PASS and Match?  


Match Registration

Q: Do I have to register for Match?
Q: How do I register for Match?
Q: What qualifications are required to register for Match?
Q: What is the deadline to register for Match?
Q: What papers, transcripts, etc. must I submit to Match?
Q: How do I apply to programs?
Q: What if I am applying to only one program?


Match Applicant Code Numbers

Q: How do I get my Match Applicant Code Number?
Q: How do programs get my Match Applicant Code number?
Q: Is my Match Applicant Code Number different than my ADEA PASS ID and/or DENTPIN?
Q: I forgot my Match Applicant Code number - how can I obtain it again?
Q: If I registered for the Match last year, can I use that Code Number and/or payment for this year?
Q: If I update or change my personal information, will my Match number change?


Participating in The Match

Q: How/when do I rank my programs?
Q: Can I rank a program I am applying to that does not participate in Match?
Q: Can I accept a position in a program that does not participate in the Match?
Q: What is the “Couples Match”?
Q: How do I withdraw from Match?
Q: If I withdraw from Match, can I get a refund of the Match registration fee?
Q: How does the Match work?


Results of The Match

Q: How/when do I get my Match result?
Q: What happens if I do not match to a position?
Q: Can I refuse to accept my Match result?



 

 

General Information


Q: What is Match?

A: The Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the “Match”) is the mechanism used by some postdoctoral dental education programs to determine the final placement of applicants into positions. The Match provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in the first year of training in postdoctoral programs of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice. Detailed information about Match is available on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres.


Q: What is the difference between ADEA PASS and Match?

A: ADEA PASS and Match are separate and distinct services. ADEA PASS is a central application service which distributes application information to programs to initiate the application process. The Match is used by applicants and programs to determine the final placement of applicants into positions after the application and evaluation process is completed. ADEA PASS is administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), while Match is administered by National Matching Services Inc. (NMS).


Q: Do all postdoctoral dental education programs participate in the Match?

A: The following types of postdoctoral dental education programs participate in the Match:

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
  • General Practice Residency (GPR)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
  • Orthodontics (ORTHO)
  • Pediatric Dentistry (PED)
  • Dental Anesthesiology (ANES)

Other types of postdoctoral dental education programs do not currently participate in the Match.

For each of the program types listed above, most programs participate in the Match; however, some programs in each of these program types do not participate in the Match.


Q: Why are there programs that do not participate in Match?

A: Participation in the Match is voluntary for programs. You should check with all programs to which you intend to apply to find out if they are participating in the Match. A list of participating programs will be available on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres beginning in August.


Q: Do I have to participate in both ADEA PASS and Match?

A: That depends on the programs to which you apply. While many programs participate in both ADEA PASS and Match, some programs participate only in ADEA PASS, some participate only in Match, and some do not participate in either ADEA PASS or Match.

  • If you are applying to programs that participate in ADEA PASS, you will need to use ADEA PASS to submit your applications to those programs.
  • If you are applying to programs that participate in the Match, you will need to register for the Match in order to obtain a position at any of those programs.



 

  
Match Registration


Q: Do I have to register for Match?

A: To obtain a position at an AEGD, GPR, OMS, ORTHO, PED or ANES program that is participating in the Match, applicants must register for and participate in the Match.


Q: How do I register for Match?

A: Select the tab or option provided on this web site for MATCH REGISTRATION, then follow the instructions provided. To register for the Match, you need to provide information about yourself, agree to the terms of the Applicant Agreement, and pay the Match registration fee of U.S. $90.


Q: What qualifications are required to register for Match?

A: To register for the Match, you must be graduating or have already graduated from a dental school. There are no other eligibility requirements to register for the Match. However, each program sets its own eligibility requirements for applicants that it will consider. For programs that participate in ADEA PASS, information on each program in the PASS Program Search Engine includes eligibility requirements for applicants. For programs that do not participate in ADEA PASS, you should contact each program directly to determine eligibility requirements.


Q: What is the deadline to register for Match?

A: It is recommended that you register for the Match before October 1, 2013, although registrations can be accepted after that date. However, you must register for the Match before the final deadlines for submitting Rank Order Lists. For details regarding deadlines, consult the Schedule of Dates on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres.


Q: What papers, transcripts, etc. must I submit to Match?

A: None. All application materials should be sent to the programs to which you apply, either through ADEA PASS or directly, not to the Match. Match registration is separate from and unrelated to your applications to programs.


Q: How do I apply to programs?

A: For programs that participate in ADEA PASS, you should select the tab or option on this web site for the ADEA PASS APPLICATION CHECKLIST, complete the application, and use the ADEA PASS system to submit the application to the program(s). For programs that do not participate in ADEA PASS, you should check with programs directly regarding their application procedures and deadline dates.


Q: What if I am applying to only one program?

A: If that program participates in the Match, you must still register for and participate in the Match in order to obtain a position at the program.




 

 

Match Applicant Code Numbers

 


Q: How do I get my Match Applicant Code Number?

A: Each applicant that registers for the Match is identified by a unique five-digit Applicant Code Number. When you have completed the process of registering for the Match, you will be assigned a five-digit Applicant Code Number that will be used to identify you in the Match.


Q: How do programs get my Match Applicant Code number?

A: You should provide your Match Applicant Code Number to the programs participating in the Match to which you apply.

  • For programs you apply to through ADEA PASS, your Match Applicant Code Number will be included automatically as part of your ADEA PASS application after you register for the Match. You are advised to register for the Match before your application is sent to programs, so that your Applicant Code Number will be included as part of your ADEA PASS application. If you register for the Match after your application has been sent to a program, the Applicant Code Number will be included with any revisions to your application sent subsequently to the program.
  • For programs that do not participate in ADEA PASS, you should provide your Match Applicant Code Number directly to the programs.

Programs that participate in the Match can also obtain Code Numbers for registered applicants from the Match web site, and can search for a registered applicant by name when they enter their Rank Order Lists for the Match in order to obtain the applicant's Code Number.


Q: Is my Match Applicant Code Number different than my ADEA PASS ID and/or DENTPIN?

A: Your Match Applicant Code Number consists of the last five digits of your ADEA PASS ID.The Match Applicant Code Number and PASS ID are separate and distinct from your DENTPIN.

Although you must provide your DENTPIN when you create an account on this web site, the DENTPIN will not be your primary identifier for purposes of the Match.


Q: I forgot my Match Applicant Code number - how can I obtain it again?

A: If you are registered for the Match, select the Status option or tab on this web site. Your Match Applicant Code Number is shown on the Status page.


Q: If I registered for the Match last year, can I use that Code Number and/or payment for this year?

A: No. Registration for previous years cannot be reactivated or transferred to another year. You must register again and pay the registration fee for this year. After your registration is complete, you will be assigned a new Applicant Code Number for this year's Match.


Q: If I update or change my personal information, will my Match number change?

A: No. Your Match Applicant Code Number remains the same throughout the process for this year.




 

 

Participating In The Match


Q: How/when do I rank my programs?

A: You will submit your Rank Order List using the online Rank Order List Input and Confirmation (ROLIC) system, which is accessible from the Match web site (not this web site). You should review the Schedule of Dates and instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists provided on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres  

        ROLIC System Opens       Final Date for Submission of Rank Order Lists
Phase I: ORTHO and ANES positions       November 4, 2013       November 22, 2013
Phase II: GPR, AEGD, OMS and PED positions       December 16, 2013       January 10, 2014

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Q: Can I rank a program I am applying to that does not participate in Match?

A: No. You can only rank programs that participate in the Match on the Rank Order List you submit for the Match. If you decide (before the deadline for submitting your rankings for the Match) to accept a position at a program that does not participate in the Match, you must withdraw from the Match and not submit any rankings for the Match. If you do submit rankings and do not withdraw from the Match before the deadline, you must honor the Match result and accept the position to which you are matched.


Q: Can I accept a position in a program that does not participate in the Match?

A: Yes, if you do so before the deadline for submission of rankings for the Match. If you accept a position before the ranking deadline at a program that is not participating in the Match, you must withdraw from the Match and not submit any rankings for the Match. If you submit and certify a Rank Order List of programs for the Match, and you do not withdraw prior to the Rank Order List deadline, you must abide by the result of the Match and accept the position to which you are matched. If you are not matched to a position, you may accept a position at any program that offers you a position after the Match results are released.


Q: What is the “Couples Match”?

A: Two applicants who are participating in the same Phase of the Match and who wish to coordinate their matches (e.g., obtain positions in the same geographic location) may participate in the Match as a "Couple." Each applicant must first register to participate in the Match as an individual; applicants identify themselves as a couple when they submit their Rank Order Lists for the Match. Further instructions for participating in the Match as a couple are available on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres.


Q: How do I withdraw from Match?

A: You must withdraw yourself from the Match using the online ROLIC system, which is accessible from the Match web site (not this web site). You should review the Schedule of Dates and instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists and Withdrawals provided on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres.


Q: If I withdraw from Match, can I get a refund of the Match registration fee?

A: No. The Match registration fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and irrevocable.


Q: How does the Match work?

A: Please review the information provided on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres, which describes how the Match works.




 

 

Results Of The Match

 


Q: How/when do I get my Match result?

A: You will be able to obtain your Match result directly from the Match web site (not this web site). Match results are also sent to participating applicants by email. You should review the Schedule of Dates and instructions for obtaining Match results provided on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres. The results for Phase I of the Match for ORTHO and ANES positions are released on December 4, 2013; the results for Phase II of the Match for GPR, AEGD, OMS and PED positions are released on January 27, 2014.


Q: What happens if I do not match to a position?

A: For applicants who do not obtain a position in the Match, a list of programs that participated in the Match and still have positions available after the Match will be provided on the Match web site at www.natmatch.com/dentres beginning at noon Eastern Time on the day results are released for each Phase of the Match.


Q: Can I refuse to accept my Match result?

A: As indicated in the Applicant Agreement which you must accept in order to register for the Match, the Match result constitutes a binding commitment from which neither the applicant nor the program can withdraw. A program must offer an appointment to each applicant with whom it is matched, and the applicant must accept the offer from the program. Alleged violations of the policies of the Match will be reported to the appropriate sponsoring organizations and sanctions will be imposed on applicants or programs that violate their Match agreements.


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