What's involved in participating in ORMatch?
Identify Programs of Interest
Applicants should investigate programs of interest and determine whether or not they are participating in the Match.
Register to Participate in the ORMatch
Applicants interested in programs offering positions in ORMatch must register online to participate in ORMatch.
Apply and Interview
All applications are submitted to residencies using the ORMatch Application Service. The ORMatch Application Service is an online tool that allows applicants to send applications to residencies. You should check with each residency about their application requirements and deadlines.
Submit Rank Order Lists
After applications and interviews are complete, each applicant and program submits a Rank Order List of preferred placements in the NMS Match System. The Rank Order Lists indicates your order of preference for the placements you are considering.
The Matching Algorithm Processes the Rankings
NMS uses a matching algorithm to process the preferences stated on the Rank Order Lists and place individuals into positions. The matching algorithm will place you into the most preferred program on your Rank Order List that ranks you and does not fill all its available positions with applicants it prefers.
Get Your Result
Match results will be released on the Match Results Day by email and online via the ORMatch website.
Do I need to participate in ORMatch?
To obtain a position at a residency that is participating in ORMatch you will have to register and participate in ORMatch.Related Links:
Am I eligible to participate in ORMatch?
To participate in ORMatch, an applicant must attain the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry. United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. (Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.)
Applicants are encouraged to check with each program individually as each program sets its own eligibility requirements for admission. Applicants can also consult the ASCO Residency Directory for information about the residency, its application procedures, and any supplemental material the program may require.
How do I register for ORMatch?
You can register for ORMatch online in the NMS Match System. You will need to provide information about yourself, including the OE Tracker Number issued to you by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, accept the ORMatch Applicant Agreement, and pay a non-refundable registration fee.