Students Preparing for Residency AOA Post-Match

AOA Post-Match

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Didn't match? Here's what to do next

After the AOA Match, students who didn't match and programs with open training spots can connect through the AOA Post-Match.

Every year, a small number of students fail to match with any of their ranked programs and some programs fail to fill all of their available positions. It is the responsibility of the students and institutions to negotiate directly with each other during the Post-Match period in accordance with the procedures outlined below:

  • Students may contact and interview with institutions accepting applications for their internship and residency positions.
  • Upon reaching a contractual agreement with a student, the institution will provide that student with an institutional contract.
  • Both the student and the representative of the institution must sign the contract. Contracts must be sent to students within 10 working days upon reaching a contractual agreement with the student. Students must also return the contract within 10 working days.

Information on non-matched students is provided to institutions via the Match website.

Students seeking positions after the Match have two sources of information on programs with available positions, as described below. Institutions are responsible for updating their program information in each of these sources. Students should check these sources often as programs may choose to update their information at any point during the post-Match period.

A list of programs with available positions on the AOA’s PostMatch website, and students may search that site for advertised positions. If an institution needs assistance posting unfilled positions, contact the AOA Department of Education at aoapostmatch@osteopathic.org or (312) 202-8289.

Information on all programs is provided on the AOA’s Opportunities website and can be updated by institutions using the access code for that website previously sent to all DMEs. If you need assistance accessing the Opportunities website, contact the AOA Department of Education at opportunities@osteopathic.org or (312) 202-8289.

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