Full Schedule of Dates
|Residency Registration: Residency registration emails for participation in ORMatch are sent to Program Coordinators, who must complete the online registration process.
|October 4, 2023
By this date, a list of programs participating in ORMatch is available on this website.
Applicant Registration: ORMatch registration opens for applicants. Prior to registering, applicants should review the information in the Applicant Registration section of this website.
Application Service: The ORMatch Application Service opens for applicants and programs. Instructions for using the Application Service are provided on the ORMatch website.
|October 2023 - February 2024
|Applicants submit applications to programs using the ORMatch Application Service. Application deadlines and other program requirements vary; therefore, applicants should review the ASCO Residency Directory and contact programs directly for more information.
|December 31, 2023
|Recommended date by which applicants should register for ORMatch. Applicants cannot use the ORMatch Application Service until they have registered for ORMatch.
|January 31, 2024
Application cutoff date for ORMatch to obtain verified NBEO score information to be transmitted to programs. Any application submitted after this date will not have verified NBEO score information sent to the program by ORMatch. Official score information for any application submitted after this date must be provided by the applicant directly to the program.
|February 12, 2024
Rankings Open: Applicants and programs may begin to submit Rank Order Lists for ORMatch using the NMS Match System.
|February 27, 2024
Rank Order List Deadline: Applicant and program Rank Order Lists must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No Rank Order Lists, applications, registrations, or withdrawals can be submitted in the NMS Match System after this deadline.
|March 5, 2024
|Match Results Day: Results of ORMatch are released to applicants, programs, and schools and colleges of optometry. No action to fill positions remaining unfilled after the Match is to be taken prior to 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time.
Program Coordinators send letters of confirmation of the ORMatch results to matched applicants within 10 working days of the release of the ORMatch results. Applicants must return the letters in accordance with the program's instructions within 30 days of the release of the ORMatch results.
|March 5, 2024
|Post-Match Opens: Starting at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time, a list of Programs with Available Positions will be provided to unmatched applicants. Unmatched applicants may send applications to programs with available positions using the NMS Match System.
A list of applicants who submitted an application or certified a Rank Order List but were not matched, or who withdrew but indicated they are still seeking a position, is provided to programs and Directors of Residencies in the NMS Match System.
Programs and applicants are free to contact each other, share information, and conduct interviews. Programs may not make offers for Post-Match positions, and applicants may not accept offers from programs, prior to 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time on March 7, 2024.
|March 7, 2024
|Post-Match Offers Begin: Starting at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time, programs may offer Post-Match positions to any individual who was not matched to a position, and unmatched applicants may accept offers from programs. Applicants who receive an offer for a Post-Match position may hold the offer for up to 24 hours, after which the program can rescind the offer.
|March 12, 2024
|The list of Programs with Available Positions will be posted publicly on the ORMatch website.
|June 30, 2024
|System Closes: The NMS Match System closes for applicants, programs, and schools and colleges of optometry at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants, programs, and schools and colleges must download their ORMatch information by this date.