Admission of Residents




Postgraduate Year 1 Match


Admission to residency programs in Canada is gained through an application process coordinated by the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Undergraduate medical students submit their applications for residency training through an electronic service provided by CaRMS each fall. Postgraduate residency programs will in turn offer interviews to selected candidates in January and February. At the end of this interview process, both candidates and programs will submit lists of their preferences; students will rank the programs that they most want to be accepted by, while programs will rank the students that they most want to accept. Both sets of rankings are then submitted to CaRMS, which uses an algorithm to match students to residency programs. This binding national match determines where each student will begin his or her residency career and in what program.

The majority of spaces are reserved for students attending medical schools in Canada (Canadian Medical Graduates, or CMGs), while a limited number of spaces are available for students attending international medical schools (International Medical Graduates, or IMGs). Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for admission.

There are two rounds, or iterations, of the CaRMS match. It is desirable for programs to fill all of their available spaces in the first iteration, held in March. If they do not, then they must attempt to fill their spaces in the second iteration. This means that programs must coordinate a second interview and selection process, but with significantly more applications to review. The reason for this that there are no longer quotas on the number of spaces available for IMG applicants. Instead, IMGs may apply for any positions that remain unfilled after the first iteration.

In 2013-2014, a total of 3,261 PGY1 postgraduate positions were available across Canada and 133 were available at Queen’s. Of those, 64 positions were in RCPSC-accredited specialty programs and 69 were in CFPC-accredited Family Medicine programs. Queen’s had the most successful match in recent memory, with all but 6 of the 133 positions being filled after the first iteration. All 6 positions filled during the second iteration match.

A total of 5,342 applications were received for the 133 positions available in the first iteration. A subsequent 761 applications were received for the 6 positions available in the second iteration. 


Program

Quota

IMG Quota

Spaces Filled: 1st Iteration

Spaces Filled: 2nd Iteration

Anatomical Pathology

2

1

1

2

Anesthesiology

4

0

4

0

Diagnostic Radiology

3

0

1

2

Emergency Medicine

4

0

4

0

Family Medicine - Kingston

36

10

46

0

Family Medicine – Belleville

6

0

6

0

Family Medicine – Oshawa

8

0

8

0

Family Medicine – Peterborough

6

0

6

0

Family Medicine - Medical Officer Training Plan

3

0

3

0

General Surgery

4

0

4

0

Internal Medicine

15

4

18

1

Neurology

2

0

2

0

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

3

0

3

0

Ophthalmology

3

0

3

0

Orthopedic Surgery

2

0

2

0

Pediatrics

4

1

5

0

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

1

0

1

0

Psychiatry

3

3

6

0

Public Health & Preventive Medicine

2

0

2

0

Radiation Oncology

2

0

1

1

Urology

1

0

1

0


TOTAL


114


19


127


6

 
Postgraduate Year 3 Match

The Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine program is a one-year residency program accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.   It is the only Family Medicine enhanced skills program for which admission is coordinated through a CaRMS match.  

Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine:
Postgraduate Year 3 Match

Quota

Spaces Filled

Family Medicine – Emergency Medicine

8

8

Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine (with Return of Service requirement)

1

1

TOTAL

9  9

Admission to all other Family Medicine enhanced skills programs, including Aboriginal Health, Anesthesia, Care of the Elderly, Developmental Disabilities, Global Health, Palliative Care, Special Rural Skills, and Women's Health is coordinated by the Department of Family Medicine.  Some residents will remain in an enhanced skills program for a full year while other residents will stay for only two or three blocks.


Postgraduate Year 4 Match

After residents enter the third year of their Core Internal Medicine residency program, they will submit applications for Medicine Subspecialty Match through CaRMS.  This match, similar to the one for first year residents beginning their postgraduate careers, enables residents to apply to residency programs in subspecialty medicine.  These programs follow Core Internal Medicine training and most are two years in duration.

Subspecialty Programs:
Postgraduate Year 4 Match

Quota

Spaces Filled

Adult Critical Care

2

0

Cardiology

2

2

Gastroenterology

2

1

General Internal Medicine

3

3

Hematology

2

1

Medical Oncology

2

2

Nephrology

2

0

Respirology

2

2

Rheumatology

2

2

TOTAL

19

13