Recommended Guidelines for Orthopaedic Residency Programs

AOA’s Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) recommends the CORD member programs participate in the Universal Interview Offer Day for the 2022 Orthopaedic Residency Match process on a November 15, 2021 at 12:00pm ET.

New this year When interview offers are extended, there will be a 48-hour moratorium on accepting interviews. Following this moratorium, students will have 24 hours to schedule interviews.

Key Dates

Monday, November 15, 12:00pm ET

Universal Interview Offer Day

Programs extend interview offers to medical students.

Wednesday, November 17, 12:00pm ET

Interview Acceptance Period

Medical students can begin accepting interview offers during a 24 hour window.

Thursday, November 18, 12:00pm ET

Interview Acceptance Window Closes

The 24 hour interview acceptance period for medical students closes.

Universal Interview Offer Day Details

Important Universal Interview Offer Day Details

Participating Programs and Medical Students: Please review these detailed procedures here.

  • All programs will send interview offers on Monday, November 15, 12:00pm ET.
  • Programs should only offer as many interview spots as they have available.
  • A 48-hour moratorium on accepting or scheduling interviews will follow.
    • During the moratorium, applicants should review their invitations with faculty mentors, advisors, family or others who can help create a plan for which and how many interviews to accept.
    • Applicants should not reach out to programs during the 48 hours.
    • Programs should not accept/confirm early responses during the 48 hours.
  • Beginning Wednesday, November 17, 12:00pm ET, applicants can accept offers.
  • Each applicant will have 24 hours to respond to the program without fear of the offer being rescinded.
    (This does not ensure the specific date a student may desire, but solely the opportunity for an interview.)
  • If an applicant declines/does not respond by Thursday, November 18, 12:00pm ET, the program may extend an invitation to another applicant.
  • There will be no set timeline for the second or any subsequent waves of interview offers, which may be offered at the program’s discretion.
  • Programs should add their UOD participation in the “Current Season” section of the Orthopaedic Residency Information Network (ORIN)™.

Orthopaedic Residency Programs choosing to participate in Universal Interview Offer Day will record this in the Orthopaedic Residency Information Network (ORIN).

Note: The UOD was announced on September 22, 2021 and participating programs must login to submit this information. 

To look up participation, navigate to ORIN. In the left hand column, find “Participating in Universal Offer Day on Nov 15.” Select Yes. This filter will display all participating programs. Click on a specific program to view more information about their current application season.

CORD Member Programs that desire to participate in the Universal Interview Offer Day must login to ORIN with your credentials and record this information. This information will be stored under the “Current Season” tab.


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