Applications and Interviews

2020 ORMatch

Things to Know

  1. You must register for ORMatch in order to send applications to residencies.
  2. Check with each residency about its application requirements and deadline date.
  3. All core application materials are submitted online using the ORMatch Application Service.
  4. You must submit your application before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date set by each residency. You should also ensure your applications are submitted before the NBEO score cutoff date (January 31, 2020).
  5. The ORMatch Application Service closes on March 6, 2020.

ORMatch Application Service Overview


Log into the NMS Match System to prepare and submit your applications to residencies participating in ORMatch.

Log Into the NMS Match System


Each residency sets its own application deadline date and requirements. Once the application deadline has passed for a residency, you are not able to send an application to the residency.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the application deadline date specified by the residency.

We strongly recommend that you submit all of your applications before January 31, 2020 as this is the NBEO score cutoff date. Applicants who submit applications before January 31 will have their verified NBEO scores sent by ORMatch in February to the residencies where they applied, so that the residencies can consider this information when deciding on their rankings.

For any application submitted after January 31, ORMatch will not send verified NBEO scores to residencies prior to the Rank Order List deadline.

The ORMatch Application Service closes on the Rank Order List deadline. You are not able to submit any applications using the ORMatch Application Service after the Rank Order List deadline, even if the application deadline date for the residency is shown as being after the Rank Order List deadline.

Residencies require a significant amount of time to review, interview, and evaluate your application before making their ranking decision. Therefore, you should submit your applications as soon possible.

Application Process


Research Programs of Interest


Prepare Your Application Materials


Submit an Application

Consult the Application Service User Guide for detailed instructions for submitting applications.

ORMatch Application Service User Guide


Research Programs of Interest

The List of Participating Programs identifies all optometry residency sites that are registered for ORMatch and provides the application deadline date for each residency. Please note that application deadline dates are subject to change.

Consult the ASCO Residency Directory for information about the residency, its application procedures, and any supplemental material that is required for an application.

Tip: As soon as you find a program of interest, add the residency to your list of pending applications in the NMS Match System. The Program Coordinator will be notified of your interest and will have access to your contact information, even before you submit your application, so they can reach out to you with information about their residency, if they choose to do so.


Prepare Your Application Materials

Gather Your Applicant Information

Some of your ORMatch registration information is prepopulated into your application. Other information that is required to complete your application includes:

  • OD School GPA
  • Undergraduate Major
  • US Citizenship Status (Yes/No)
  • Gender

Obtain your NBEO Scores

You need to report your NBEO Board scores on your application.

The NBEO Part I examination score is required for all applications to US-based residencies. If you are applying to Canadian residencies only and are not taking the NBEO Part I examination, contact ORMatch for an exemption from this requirement.

Part II, Part III, ISE, and TMOD scores should be entered into the system if they are available, but they are not required. If you do not know your NBEO scores, you can obtain them from the NBEO website.

Compose a Letter of Intent and CV

A Letter of Intent and CV must be included in each application you submit. You should start working on those documents as soon as possible and upload them to the NMS Match System in PDF format when they are complete.

Obtain a Copy of Your OD Transcript

A copy of your OD transcript must be included in each application you submit.

Get E-mail Addresses for Your Reference Letter Writers

Each application must have 3 letters of reference. You submit requests for reference letters using the NMS Match System, and your chosen reference letter writers upload their letters to the NMS Match System.

Prepare any Supplemental Material

Check with each program as soon as possible regarding its application requirements. If a residency requires additional information included as part of its application, you can prepare this information and upload it to the system as a Supplemental Material PDF document.


Submit an Application

Your ORMatch registration fee provides you with 10 credits to send applications to residencies. Each credit allows you to send one application to one residency, regardless of the number of programs or tracks offered by that residency. If a residency offers more than one track in ORMatch, you can specify the tracks you are interested in when you submit your application.

If you want to send applications to more than 10 residencies, you will have to pay an additional fee of $25 USD per application.

Once you submit an application, the residency will have access to your application information immediately. Submitted applications cannot be changed or withdrawn. The Director of Residencies at the residency's affiliated school or college of optometry will also have access to your application information.

You can monitor the status of submitted and outstanding reference letters in the NMS Match System. It is your responsibility to ensure your reference letters are submitted by the residency's deadline.


In order to submit your Rank Order List(s) by the deadline (March 6, 2020), all your interviews should be completed before that deadline date.

You may freely discuss any matter with a program and both you and the program may express a high level of interest in each other. An applicant may voluntarily inform a program that they intend to rank the program. Similarly, a program may voluntarily inform an applicant that it intends to rank the applicant. However, neither the applicant nor the program may ask or prompt the other side for this information.

Furthermore, neither applicants nor programs may disclose information about rank positioning. For example, it is prohibited to make statements like "I will rank you first" or "You are at the top of my list".

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