Competition for residency spots has heightened... There are more graduating medical students
without a corresponding increase in residency programs and spots. More medical students graduating abroad seeking residency positions in the US. Fewer unfilled positions in the match.
In past years there had been a "dirty" scramble, without transparency, trust, time, integrity, rules, consistency, stewardship. Hence, the NRMP and AAMC scramble workgroup took on the task of cleaning up the problem, with SOAP. Not SOAP of the Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan variety, (nor Dove, Dial, or Tide), but rather the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program match week extravaganza.
On Match week Monday at noon eastern, both you (the applicant) and the programs will find out at the same time if they filled and if you matched. That is, unmatched applicants and unfilled programs will find out at the same time. Hopefully, you see a "Congratulations, you have matched" message. Go celebrate, responsibly!!! But you will need to patiently await more details to follow on Friday midday, at which point you can celebrate again.
If not, you may be a candidate for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program. Applicants and programs in the SOAP must use ERAS to apply, with timed cycles of offers and acceptances, and a binding NRMP Match Participation agreement in place for match week SOAP offers.
If you find on Monday mid-March you are in need of SOAP, do contact your dean's office and your clerkship directors and advisers for guidance!
Read here for the NRMP Match FAQ and here for the NRMP on SOAP.
And here for the NRMP Match Week schedule 2014.