Learn about the TMDSAS Match!
TMDSAS administers a matching process for all Texas resident medical applicants. Essentially, the TMDSAS Match is conducted to confirm the pre-match offers that some applicants may be holding and fill the remaining open slots for the medical schools. Applicants that have not received pre-match offers can still match to a school where they have interviewed. Applicants holding a pre-match offer can match to a school that they ranked higher than their pre-match offer school even if they did not receive a pre-match from the higher ranked school. Any applicants holding multiple pre-match offers will come out of the match with one acceptance.
Eligible applicants rank all schools at which they interviewed according to their preference for attendance. Deadline for applicant match ranking : Friday February 19, 5:00pm. The medical schools then submit to TMDSAS their ranked lists of the applicants they have interviewed. TMDSAS then matches applicants with their highest preference school in which they were also in the match range for the school's list. The results of the Match are announced each year on February 3rd.
Applicants are still eligible to receive alternate offers from schools they ranked higher on their list than the match offer they received, if any.
We've created this video to run through potential scenarios in the TMDSAS Match to provide examples on how to navigate through this process.
- Prior to the match, medical schools may extend offers of acceptance to Texas residents for a period between October 15th and January 31st.
- Applicants may accept offers from more than one medical school during the pre-match offer period without the risk of an offer being withdrawn by a medical school during the pre-match offer period.
- An applicant who receives more than one offer should decline any offer from a school that he/she definitely does not plan to attend as soon as that decision is made.
- Offers of acceptance should only be considered valid if an acceptance letter is received. Verbal offers of acceptance or ranking are not binding to either the applicant or medical schools.
Match Process & Entering Your Match Preference
The ability to enter your match preferences will be available on August 1 at 8:00 AM (CT). This applies only to medical applicants who are Texas residents.
To enter your match preferences, you must log in to the application. Once you are logged in, click on the [School Rank Preference] link under [Pending Actions] on the right-hand side of the page. You will only see this link once a school has updated your status to "Interviewed". If you do not see the link, your status has not yet been updated by the medical school.
- The deadline to submit your match preference ranking is February 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM (CT).
- Applicants must rank all schools where they interviewed, regardless of whether or not they are holding a pre-match offer.
- Applicants holding a pre-match offer who have interviewed at school(s) that did not extend an offer can rank one or more of those schools higher than the pre-match offer school without risk of losing the pre-match offer (as long as you do not match to a higher ranked school).
- An applicant holding a pre-match offer who matches to a higher ranked school will automatically be withdrawn from that pre-match offer school. They will be withdrawn from all other lower ranked schools. The applicant will remain open to be selected by schools ranked higher than the school matched to.
- Applicants who do not enter their match preference rank by the deadline will automatically be withdrawn from all medical schools regardless of whether or not a pre-match offer has been made. (You will be notified via internal message prior to being withdrawn.)
- Applicants who have interviewed at only one school must still rank that one school before the deadline.
- Following the match, the standard rolling admissions process will continue through the beginning of orientation at each medical school.
- If you are holding multiple pre-match offers, you will come out of the match holding only one offer.
- After the rank preference date, applicants are no longer able to view your preferences in the application portal. You will want to keep a screen-shot of your preferences for your records.
How to View Match Results:
To view your match results, log in to the application. On the right-hand side of the screen, under [Pending Actions], click on [School Rank Preference]. If you matched to a school, the school name will be listed.
If you did not match to a school, keep in mind that the standard rolling admissions will begin after the match process and continue through the beginning of orientation at each medical school. You will be contacted directly by a medical school if you are moved to their alternate list or made an offer after the match process.
For more additional information on how the Match is conducted please see the policies on conducting the match.
Who participates in the match?
Texas resident medical applicants that have been interviewed by at least one TMDSAS school will participate in the match.
Do I have to enter a preference rank if I interviewed at only one school?
Yes, a preference rank must be entered for all schools at which you interviewed even if you only interviewed at one school.
I've been interviewed at a school but they are not showing on my [School Preference
If a school does not show on your [School Preference Rank] page then your status at that school has not yet been updated to "Interviewed." The medical schools are responsible for updating these statuses and have their own procedures for when the updates are made. Allow for a few weeks after your interview before contacting the school about updating your status.
Can I match to a school even if I did not receive a pre-match offer?
Yes. Applicants that do not receive pre-match offers can still be matched during the match.