What information should my application include?

As an applicant, you can fill in the required information for training directly into our online system.

You are also able to upload and/or request the required documents for your application. Some documents (transcripts, MSPRs) are provided to CaRMS directly from Canadian medical schools.

Any official documents that are not notarized or sent directly from the source are marked with a “copy” stamp. For example, reference letters should be sent directly from the referee to CaRMS whenever possible, but when necessary, you are also able to submit notarized copies yourself.

A typical postgraduate residency application includes:

Personal information
Input the required personal information (e.g., date of birth, gender, citizenship).

Language skills
Identify your language proficiency in English, French and/or any other language. Only include languages that you can read, write and speak fluently.

Licensure
Enter information about medical licensure. Canadian medical graduates (CMGs) usually will not have a medical license until they have completed their residency training and all Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exams. Many international medical graduates (IMGs) will have a medical license. Note: Completing all the MCC exams and obtaining your Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) certificate does not necessarily mean that you have your license to practice medicine in Canada.

Achievements and interests
Record your academic achievements (e.g., honours and awards, leadership/administrative positions in medicine, memberships, associations and committees, other accomplishments) and areas of interest you would like to provide to the programs.

Undergraduate education and CÉGEP
Record your undergraduate education (completed or not). Undergraduate education is any schooling you received after completing high school and before beginning medical school (e.g., Bachelor’s degree, CÉGEP, pre-med).

Graduate education
Record your graduate education (completed or not). Graduate education is any schooling you received after completing your undergraduate education (e.g., Master’s degree, Doctorate).

Medical education
Record where you have earned, or will earn, your medical degree.

Clinical electives
Identify any electives that you have, or will have, completed during your undergraduate medical education. An elective is defined as any rotation you have done during your medical education training that was not mandatory.

Residency training
Record any accredited postgraduate medical residency training you have participated in after obtaining your medical degree.

Residency electives
Record electives you have, or will have, completed during your residency training.

Professional training
Record any training you have completed that is not directly linked to your medical education.

Work experience
Record any work experience that is not considered clinical practice but that you consider important. This also includes work that was done prior to obtaining your medical degree. You are encouraged to record work experience that is not necessarily linked to the medical field.

Volunteer experience
Record volunteer experience or relevant unpaid work for which you did not receive school credit. Volunteer experience does not have to be linked to the medical field. You may record volunteer experience that took place prior to obtaining your medical degree.

Scholarly activities and research
Record your participation in research, as well as organized clinical discussions, rounds, journal clubs and conferences.

Publications/presentations
Applicants wanting to send publications are asked to send only the abstract. Publications should be confined to peer-reviewed journals.

Observerships
Record any observerships you have completed. An observership is a period of time spent observing clinical practice, usually with no patient contact. It is also sometimes referred to as a shadowing opportunity. Normally an observership lasts between one week and one month. It does not involve a service commitment or a salary and is non-accredited. Observerships are not electives.

Fellowships
Record any fellowships you have completed. Fellowships are non-accredited programs that are considered additional specialized training experience involving patient contact. Clinical fellows must be able to provide evidence that they are recognized as specialists in the jurisdiction where they are currently practicing medicine. Training as a clinical or research fellow in the Department of Medicine is not accredited nor is it approved as residency training towards certification by the Royal College. Fellowships are not electives.

Clinical practice
Record clinical practice experience. This may include paid or unpaid work. For the purposes of the CaRMS application, clinical practice is defined as actively practicing medicine with an independent license without supervision.

Examinations (MCC exams, USMLEs, assessments)
Record examinations you have taken, or are scheduled to take. All examination documents submitted to programs must be current. Some examinations expire after a number of years; it is up to you to ensure that your examination results are currently valid.

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