Getting Started

Getting Started


  • What is ORMatch?

    The Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) is an Application Service and Matching Program that provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice.

  • What's involved in participating in ORMatch?
    1. Identify Programs of Interest

      Applicants should investigate programs of interest and determine whether or not they are participating in the Match.

    2. Register to Participate in the ORMatch

      Applicants interested in programs offering positions in ORMatch must register online to participate in ORMatch.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. Get Your Result

      Match results will be released on the Match Results Day by email and online via the ORMatch website.

  • 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.

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