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Schedule of Dates

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program for Positions Beginning in 2018


Phases of the Match

Phase I - ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR Only:

All ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR programs, and any applicants interested in matching to a position in those programs, must submit Rank Order Lists by November 17, 2017 for Phase I of the Match.

Applicants who obtain a position in Phase I of the Match will not be eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match.

Phase II - AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED Only:

Any applicant interested in matching to an AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED position, and who did not match to a position in Phase I, must submit a Rank Order List by January 12, 2018. All AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED programs must also submit their Rank Order Lists by the same date.

Full Schedule of Dates

May, 2017 Residency registration e-mails for participation in the Match are sent to Program Directors, who must complete the online registration process.
May 17, 2017 Beginning on this date, applicants can register for the Match. Prior to registering, applicants should review the information in the Applicant Registration section of this web site. Applicants register for the Match via the online registration portal shared by the Match and the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The registration portal can be accessed from the Applicant Registration section, or directly at portal.passweb.org.

Applicants must apply to programs independently of the Match. Application deadlines for programs vary; therefore, applicants should check with programs regarding their deadline dates.
August 1, 2017 By this date, a preliminary list of programs participating in the Match will be available for access on this web site.
October 1, 2017 Recommended date by which applicants should register for the Match.
October 20, 2017 By this date, instructions for submitting Rank Order Lists and obtaining Match results will be available to applicants and Program Directors registered to participate in the Match.
October 30, 2017 The online NMS Match System will open on this date for Match participants to submit Rank Order Lists for Phase I of the Match for ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR positions.
November 16, 2017 Final date for applicants to register to participate in Phase I of the Match.
November 17, 2017 Phase I Rank Order List Deadline: Final date for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists for Phase I of the Match for ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR positions.
November 29, 2017 Results of the Match for Phase I are released to applicants and Program Directors. No action to fill ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR positions remaining unfilled after Phase I is to be taken prior to 12:00 p.m. noon ET on this date.
November 29, 2017 - December 29, 2017 Program Directors of ORTHO, PERIO, PROS, ANES and Canadian GPR programs must send letters of confirmation of the Match result for Phase I to matched applicants within 10 days of the release of the Match results. Applicants must sign and return the letters of confirmation within 30 days of the release of the Match results.
December 18, 2017 The online NMS Match System will open on this date for Match participants to submit Rank Order Lists for Phase II of the Match for AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED positions.
January 11, 2018 Final date for applicants to register to participate in Phase II of the Match.
January 12, 2018 Phase II Rank Order List Deadline: Final date for submission of applicant and program Rank Order Lists for Phase II of the Match for AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED positions.
January 29, 2018 Results of the Match for Phase II are released to applicants and Program Directors. No action to fill positions remaining unfilled after Phase II is to be taken prior to 12:00 p.m. noon ET on this date.
January 29, 2018 - February 28, 2018 Program Directors of AEGD, US GPR, OMS and PED programs must send letters of confirmation of the Match result for Phase II to matched applicants within 10 days of the release of the Match results. Applicants must sign and return the letters of confirmation within 30 days of the release of the Match results.
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