ASCO Establishes New Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch)
ROCKVILLE, MD, April 24, 2012 - The Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce it has established ORMatch, the new Optometry Residency Match. ORMatch replaces the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMS), which was administered for over 30 years by Dr. Charles Haine. "ASCO commends Dr. Haine for decades of exemplary service and dedication in administering ORMS. We are excited that ASCO will now have the opportunity to work directly with the residency community, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the profession in designing and administering a Residency Match that will further promote the development of residency education in our profession", stated Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., ASCO President.
ASCO has entered into an agreement with the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS) for the design and administration of ORMatch. Founded in 1985, after developing sophisticated matching algorithms and software for the placement of physicians into residencies in the United States, NMS administers matching programs for many professions in the U.S. including pharmacy, psychology, dentistry, and osteopathic medicine. It works closely with most universities that train health care professionals in the U.S., as well as hundreds of VA programs, hospitals, training sites, and thousands of applicants across the country every year. "We are confident that ORMatch will function in the best interest of all optometric stakeholders and we look forward to administering this valuable service for you," stated Jonah Peranson, Vice President, National Matching Services, Inc.
ORMatch will be a new Match program and will operate within the ASCO structure. NMS will design and administer the program with policy guidance and oversight by the new ASCO ORMatch Committee comprised of three ASCO representatives, three Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, and a Chair. Paige Pence, ASCO Director of Student Affairs, will be the project director and will work with the ORMatch Committee and NMS. The design phase of ORMatch will run from May-August, 2012. The launch will be no later than October 1, 2012 with the Match occurring in early March. A specific timetable will be developed by the ORMatch Committee.