Match Information

Colorectal and Thoracic Match Information

The following information is for the Colorectal and Thoracic Match

Please note: There is a separate application and match process for the Main Match fellowships. The below information is for the non-ACGME Advanced Colorectal and Thoracic Match fellowships.

To apply to a Fellowship Council fellowship is a 3-step process. Please note that these dates are for the Colorectal and Thoracic match. The first step is to complete your application by creating an account beginning on August 3, 2015. To do so, click on Login/Create Application to the left. The application deadline is November 16, 2015. The second step is the interview process where applicants will be invited to interview by programs. The third and final step is the match process where programs and applicants rank each other and submit final rank order lists. The match process will be conducted via a separate Fellowship Council match system.

For Violations information, review the Fellowship Council Matching Service Participation Agreement carefully when logging into the match system for the first time and also visit the Match Rules and Regulations page.

Fellowship Application Process Opens: August 3, 2015 at 5:00PM Pacific Time

Fellowship Application Closes: November 16, 2015

Match Rank Order List Deadline: January 13, 2016

Scramble Date: January 20, 2016

Fellow Match Date: January 21, 2016


The deadline to submit a rank order list is January 13, 2016 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

As a reminder, applicants may only certify one rank order list when participating in application processes with concurrent match dates. An applicant who accepts a position through another national matching plan or by agreement outside the Match must withdraw PRIOR to the Fellowship Council rank order list deadline on January 13, 2016. Failure to do so is a violation of the Fellowship Council Matching Service Participation Agreement (FCMSPA), which all applicants agree to upon signing onto the match system.  The violation will be investigated by the Fellowship Council. Applicants who elect to participate in the match and certify a rank order list by January 13, 2016 are prohibited from accepting a position through any other national matching service or by agreement outside the match after the rank order list deadline. The Fellowship Council will oversee the fellowship experience, and will use its best efforts through accreditation to make the clinical experience a positive one. However, the Fellowship Council cannot guarantee that turnover within the faculty or within the program’s administration will not occur, either prior to or during the applicant’s tenure in the program. The listing of an applicant by a program on its certified rank order list or of a program by an applicant on the applicant’s certified rank order list establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept an appointment if a match results. Failure to do so is a violation of the terms of agreement agreed to at the initial login to the site.  If a violation is confirmed, the applicant or program may be subject to penalties, as described in the Fellowship Council Violations Policy.

If you have any questions about the match, please contact the Fellowship Council office at 310-437-0555, ext 125 or email


On Scramble Day, January 20, 2016

If you do not match with a program, you will receive an email notification on January 20, 2016 between 9:00AM and 9:30AM (Pacific Time). You will then need to log into your account on and click on Access Match Site. From there, you may click on the Reports link and access the Available Programs report. You may contact any of the programs on that list directly regarding their open position. Programs will also have access to both your application and letters of recommendation via the Available Applicants report. To change your availability status at any time so that you are no longer on the Available Applicants report, log in to your account, click on your user name in the upper right hand corner, and select “No” on the Available line. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document and the User Guide available above.


On Match Day, January 21, 2016

Match result notification emails will be sent on January 20, 2016 letting both programs and applicants know if they matched but additional details on who was matched will not be available until match day, January 21, 2016  between 9:00AM and 9:30AM (Pacific Time). At that time you may also log into your account (log into your account on and click on Access Match Site) to view the match results.

Once you have logged into your account, your matched program will be highlighted on your “My Programs” list in the left hand column in green. You and the program may begin to contact each other directly once you have matched. If you have not matched, your page will list “You did not match any of the fellowship programs on your rank list”.

In addition, the following reports will also be available on January 21, 2016 through your account:

-Available Programs by State
-Match Outcome by State
-Match Statistics

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document and the User Guide, which will be available in December.