Applications and Interviews

2024 ORMatch


Registered applicants who did not obtain a position will be able to submit applications to residencies with available positions using the ORMatch Application Service. Residencies may also accept applications directly from applicants, including from individuals who did not register for ORMatch.

The ORMatch Application Service will close on June 30, 2024. Programs will not be able to make updates, access applications, or download any information after that date.

Application Service Overview

The ORMatch Application Service is now closed. The ORMatch Application Service will re-open for the Post-Match Process on March 5, 2024.

The ORMatch Application Service is an online tool that allows applicants to send applications to residencies, and allows residencies to organize and evaluate applications submitted by applicants.

All core materials required for residency applications are included in the ORMatch application.

The Application Service also has a number of tools that you can use to help organize and manage your applications.

  • View Tools Available to Program Coordinators
    • View interested applicants and access their contact information before they submit all of their application information
    • Search and filter applications across a wide set of criteria
    • Create customized scoring schemes to rate your applications
    • Add notes and comments about each application
    • Define and assign tags to help categorize applications according to criteria important to your site
    • Assign applicants to one of five statuses to indicate their progress in your review process
    • Export applicant information into Excel format


Residencies participating in the Post-Match Process have a default application deadline date set for June 15, 2024. You can change this deadline to one of your choosing. The system will close for Post-Match applications on June 30, 2024.

If you remove all of your positions from the Post-Match Process, your residency will be closed for applications automatically.

Application Contents

The standard ORMatch application submitted by applicants includes the components listed below. All of the information submitted by an applicant to your residency will be combined into one downloadable PDF file.

  • Applicant Information

    The Applicant Information page includes contact, demographic, and educational information about each applicant. The Applicant Information page includes:

    • Applicant's name
    • Mailing Address
    • Email address
    • Primary and alternate phone numbers
    • ORMatch Code Number
    • Date of birth
    • Gender
    • US citizenship status
    • OE TRACKER Number
    • Optometry School
    • Optometry Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Undergraduate Major
    • Year of Graduation from Optometry School
    • NBEO scores for the Part I, Part II, Part III, Injections Skill (ISE), and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examinations, as reported by the applicant
  • Letter of Intent

    Each application will include a Letter of Intent uploaded by the applicant. The Letter of Intent can be customized for your residency if the applicant chooses to do so.

  • CV

    Each application will include a CV/Resume uploaded by the applicant. The CV can be customized for your residency if the applicant chooses to do so.

  • OD Transcript (Unofficial)

    Each application will include an uploaded copy of the applicant's OD transcript. The transcript will be unofficial because it is uploaded to the system by the applicant, and it is not sent directly to your residency from the registrar's office.

  • Letters of Reference

    In order to submit an application, the applicant must identify three (3) individuals who will provide reference letters for the application. The applicant may select different reference writers for different residencies, and reference writers may submit customized reference letters to each residency if they wish to do so.

    The reference writers are notified by ORMatch of the request for a reference letter, and instructed to upload the reference letter for the applicant as a PDF document. Applicants cannot see the contents of the reference letters, but they are able to monitor the completion of the reference requests.

    Applicants are allowed to submit applications to residencies before their chosen reference writers have uploaded their letters. When a reference letter is uploaded for one of your applications, you will be notified by email, and the application that you subsequently download from the NMS Match System will include the newly provided reference letter.

  • Supplemental Material

    If your residency has other information that it would like included as part of its application, you can request that applicants attach this information to their application as Supplemental Material.

    Applicants can attach one Supplemental Material PDF document to each application. This document can be updated after the submission of an application; you will receive an email notification from ORMatch if a Supplemental Material document attached to any of your applications has been updated.

If your residency offers multiple programs in the Post-Match Process, the applicant will be able to indicate on the application which program(s) they are interested in.

Access Applications

Only applicants and residencies that are registered for ORMatch can send and receive applications using the ORMatch Application Service.

Log Into Access Applications

The list of applications to your residency will be updated in real-time as applicants select your residency. You will be notified by email when new applications are received.

Directors of Residencies at each school and college of optometry will also have access to the applications submitted to each of their affiliated residency programs that participate in ORMatch.

Application Service User Guide

View instructions for accessing and managing applications in the NMS Match System.

Application Service User Guide


Ensure your residency website and/or ASCO Residency Directory listing are updated with information about your residency's application deadline, process, and requirements.

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