How will the 2021 R-1 Match timeline changes affect those applying to both the CaRMS and the NRMP matches?

In most years, the CaRMS R-1 first iteration match day is before the NRMP R-1 match day and applicants matched to CaRMS are withdrawn from the NRMP. Applicants preferring to match to the NRMP must ensure not to submit a rank order list in the CaRMS first iteration.

The 2021 CaRMS timeline is not yet finalized but there is a likelihood that the CaRMS R-1 first iteration match day will be AFTER the NRMP R-1 match day. In that case, CaRMS will withdraw applicants that matched to the NRMP. This means that applicants that prefer to try to match to CaRMS must ensure not to submit a rank order list in the NRMP. Once an applicant is matched to a program in the NRMP, the match is considered binding, and the applicant will not be able to match in CaRMS.

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