Account User Guide for Programs

2022 ORMatch


System Access

  • Log In to the NMS Match System

    You can access the NMS Match System by selecting the Log In button in the top-right corner of the page.

    To log into the NMS Match System you will need to enter both the email address and password that were previously set up in the system (e.g., when you registered your residency site for the Match).

    If you have more than one program registered in the Match, you will be presented with a list of the programs after you log in to the system. You must select a program from the list in order to reach the Dashboard page for the program.

  • Forgot Password?

    If you do not know your password, please use the Forgot Password? link available on the NMS Match System login page and follow the instructions to reset your password.

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  • Update Account Information

    You can change your email, password and security questions in the Account section. You can also add an additional program to your residency site in this section.

    Ensure your email address is correct as all ORMatch communications, including your residency site's Match results, will be sent to that email address.

    • If you are responsible for more than one program, any changes you make to your Account information will apply to all of your programs.
    • If you change your email or password, you will have to use the new values the next time you log in to the NMS Match System.

    Changes to residency site and program information should be made in the Profile section.

  • New/Changed Program Coordinator

    If there is a change in Program Coordinator, the following information should be updated in the NMS Match System:

    • Account Section: Email address, password, security questions
    • Profile Section: Program Coordinator name, phone, fax, mailing address if necessary

    If possible, you should work with the former Program Coordinator to update this information. The former Program Coordinator can log in to the system, enter your email address and provide a temporary password for you in the Account section. You can then log in with your email address and the temporary password, and update the password and the rest of the information as required.

    If the former Program Coordinator is not available and you do not have access to the login credentials created by the former Program Coordinator, you must send a signed request to NMS, on the residency's letterhead, providing your email address and requesting that NMS update the login information for your residency. The letter can be sent to ormatch@natmatch.com.

Manage your Program(s)

After you log into the NMS Match System for a program, you are presented with a Dashboard. The Dashboard shows your program’s current status in the Match, the number of positions being offered, and information about the program’s rankings for the Match.

Program Coordinators that have more than one program registered in the Match will be presented with a list of their programs after they log into the system. You must select one program from the list to reach the main Dashboard page for the program.

  • Switch to the Dashboard of Another Program

    If you have more than one program registered for the Match, you can use the Switch button at the top of the Dashboard to access the Dashboard of another program without having to log out of the system.

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  • Change the Number of Positions Offered by a Program

    You should ensure that the number of positions to be filled in the Match is correct for each program. All positions at your residency site that start service between April 1 and December 31, 2022 must be offered in the Match.

    To change the number of positions:

    • Select the Edit button in the Positions section of the Dashboard
    • Select the appropriate number of positions to be filled, and press the Save button

    The number of positions offered can be changed in the NMS Match System until the Rank Order List deadline, March 1, 2022.

  • Participation Status - Withdraw or Reinstate a Program

    The Status section shows the program's participation status in the Match. All registered programs that intend to offer positions in 2022 should have a status of Active.

    The status of a program can be changed in the NMS Match System until the Rank Order List deadline.

    If the program is no longer offering positions in 2022, it should withdraw from the Match. If you have withdrawn a program but now want that program to participate in the Match or offer positions in the Post-Match Process, you can reinstate that program prior to the Rank Order List deadline.

    If your program has positions available but no acceptable applicants, you should not withdraw the program but should certify a Rank Order List with no ranks.


    Withdraw a Program:

    • Select the Edit button in the Status section of the Dashboard
    • Select a reason for withdrawing
    • Enter your password and press Submit.
    • If you want to prevent applicants from applying to your program, you must go to Application Settings and set your application deadline to a date in the past.
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    Reinstate a Program in the Match:

    • Select the Edit button in the Status section of the Dashboard
    • Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the reinstatement process.
  • Add a New Program to Your Residency Site
    • Select the Account option from the NMS Match System menu.
    • Use the Add New Program button to add an additional program to your residency site.
    • Select the number of positions to be filled in 2022 and edit the description of the new program.
    • The description of the new program must begin with the Category Title of the program and may have up to two additional Emphasis Areas. Each program type should be separated by forward slashes (e.g., Primary Care Optometry/Geriatric/Glaucoma).
    • The description of the new program must be unique and clearly distinguish that program from any other program offered by your residency site. You may also need to modify the description(s) of the previously existing program(s) offered by your residency to ensure the program descriptions clearly identify each program.
    • The Program Code Number will be assigned to the new program automatically by the system.

    You can add a program to your residency site in the NMS Match System until February 14, 2022. If you wish to add a program after this date, you will need to contact NMS.

  • Update Residency and/or Program Information

    You may edit most of this information until the Rank Order List deadline for the program. However, you cannot change the residency site display name or the program description once the NMS Match System is open for the entry of rankings.

    To update your Profile information:

    • Select the Profile option from the NMS Match System menu.
    • Select the Edit button next to the information you want to change.
    • Update your information, and press the Save button.

    Detailed instructions about the content to be entered into each field can be found by pressing the tooltip icon (?) next to the field name.

    If your residency site has more than one program in the Match, any changes you make to the Residency Site Information for one program will be made automatically for all programs at the residency site. You cannot have different contact information for different programs within your residency site.

  • Access Your Applications

    To access the applications submitted to your residency, log into the NMS Match System and select the Your Applications option from the menu. That will display the list of applicants to your residency.

    When an applicant adds your residency to their list of pending applications, you are provided with their name and contact information. When an applicant submits an application to your residency, the applicant's full application information is available immediately for download. The NMS Match System has tools to help you organize and review the applications submitted to your residency.

Browser Requirements

The online NMS Match System is designed to be used with the security and features of modern web browsers.

  • Browser Requirements

    We recommend using the most up to date version of one of the following browsers:

    If you access the system with a browser that is not in the list above, or with a browser that is significantly out of date, you may see warning messages and experience problems.

    You must have JavaScript enabled and accept cookies for the NMS Match System to function correctly.




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