All residency programs and applicants that register to participate in the Match must abide by the Rules of the ASHP Pharmacy Resident Matching Program ("ASHP Match Rules") as established by the ASHP, the Schedule of Dates of the Match, and the terms of the Agreements they accepted when they registered for the Match. (View the full Applicant Agreement.)
Participating programs must offer all pharmacy residency positions through Phase I of the Match, except for Department of Defense and Public Health Service positions offered exclusively to commissioned pharmacy officers or positions offered in residencies outside of the United States that have been exempted by ASHP. Furthermore, positions left unfilled in Phase I of the Match must be offered in Phase II of the Match, in accordance with ASHP Match Rules.
Programs may not make any offers of appointment to or require any commitments from applicants prior to the release of the results for Phase I of the Match, except for PGY2 residency positions that may be committed to PGY1 residents in accordance with the Early Commitment Process. Furthermore, programs may not make any offers of appointment to or require any commitments from applicants prior to the release of the results for Phase II of the Match for any positions that are offered in Phase I but not filled in Phase I or that are added for Phase II of the Match.
Similarly, applicants may not make any commitments to any participating program prior to the release of the results for Phase I of the Match, except that a PGY1 resident may commit to a PGY2 residency position that is offered to the applicant in accordance with the Early Commitment Process. Furthermore, applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match or through the Early Commitment Process, may not make any commitments to or contracts with any participating program prior to the release of the results of Phase II of the Match. If an applicant decides to accept a position that is not offered through the matching process, or decides not to participate in the Match for any other reason, then the applicant must withdraw from the Match and must not submit a Rank Order List for the Match.
Programs may not communicate their ranking intentions to applicants, or request that any applicant state how any program will be ranked on the applicant's Rank Order List. Similarly, applicants may not communicate their ranking intentions to programs, or request information on how any participating program intends to rank any applicant. The Rank Order Lists submitted by each program and applicant in each Phase of the Match are the sole determinants of their respective order of preferences for that Phase of the Match.
The Match results constitute a binding commitment from which neither the applicant nor the program can withdraw without mutual written agreement. A program must offer an appointment to each applicant with whom it is matched, and the applicant must accept the offer from the program, unless both parties agree in writing to release each other from the Match result. A program may not offer a position to any applicant who was matched elsewhere, or committed elsewhere through the Early Commitment Process, and subsequently not released from that residency.
Violations of the terms of the Agreements or the ASHP Match Rules will be reported to the ASHP. The ASHP may decide to impose penalties on those who violate the Agreements or the Match Rules.