SOAP 2015

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SOAP 2015

Postby CaribMD » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:28 pm

What is SOAP?

How SOAP works

Applicants express preferences by applying to programs using ERAS®. Applicants are prohibited from using any means other than ERAS to apply to and contact programs.

Based upon the ERAS applications they receive, program directors create preference lists of applicants in the R3® system. Program directors can accept applications only through ERAS and can offer positions only through SOAP.

The R3 system uses a series of rounds to offer positions to applicants in order of the program preference list and according to the number of unfilled positions remaining in the program during each round.

Applicants can receive multiple offers in any round.

SOAP concludes at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week.

Positions offered and accepted during SOAP establish a binding commitment enforced by the Match Participation Agreement.
SOAP Eligibility

To participate in SOAP, applicants must be 1) registered for the Main Residency Match®, 2) fully or partially unmatched, and 3) eligible to enter GME on July 1 in the year of the Main Residency Match. ALL applicants are notified of their SOAP eligibility status the Friday prior to Match Week.
SOAP-eligible applicants:

Can access the List of Unfilled Programs for those positions for which they are eligible
Can apply only to unfilled Match-participating programs that are participating in SOAP and can use only ERAS to submit applications

Note: Some Match-participating programs on the List of Unfilled Programs do not participate in SOAP. They are “greyed out” on the List and cannot be contacted by any means until after SOAP concludes!

Can apply to non-Match participating programs after Match Week

SOAP-ineligible applicants:

Cannot apply to any Match-participating programs, regardless of SOAP participation status
ERAS will not send applications to SOAP-participating programs, and applicants are prohibited from contacting those programs by phone, fax, email, personal contacts, or other services

Can apply to non-Match participating programs
ERAS will allow applicants to select non Match-participating programs beginning at 1:00 pm ET on Monday of Match Week. Phone, fax, email, or other methods also can be used

Match-Participating Programs:

Can accept applications only via ERAS
Cannot use phone, fax, email, or personal contacts until after an application has been received.

Cannot extend offers outside SOAP until SOAP concludes
Cannot “create” positions for unmatched applicants until SOAP concludes at 5:00 pm ET on Thursday of Match Week. Positions created can be only for partially matched applicants.

Can opt out of SOAP, but cannot fill positions until SOAP concludes!

Important considerations

Notification of SOAP eligibility the Friday prior to Match Week is NOT an indication of whether you are matched or unmatched.
Applicants deemed SOAP-ineligible will not have access to the List of Unfilled Programs.
Offers made and accepted create a binding commitment. Offers rejected or expired will not be extended again.
Positions will be filled quickly! Be honest in your assessment of any offer and seriously consider whether to accept it.


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Re: SOAP 2015

Postby CaribMD » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:19 am

Four-day process that allows applicants to reach programs using the NRMP unfilled list ONLY through ERAS.
Begins: Monday March 16th at 12:00 PM ET - Ends: Thursday March 19th at 5:00 PM ET.
How many applications am I allowed to send through ERAS during The Match™/SOAP week?

45 programs is the absolute maximum and here is the breakdown:

35 applications on cycle 1 (Monday 1:00 PM - Wednesday 2:29 PM ET)

10 applications on cycle 2 (Wednesday 2:30 PM - Thursday 5:00 PM ET)
* Times are in Eastern Time (ET) Zone
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Re: SOAP 2015

Postby sova196 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:08 am

SOAP is an interesting program, I enjoy it with pleasure!
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