What types of reference documents currently exist for the R-1 match?

There are three types of references for this match:

Letter of reference: This type of reference document is a detailed letter that describes a referee’s experiences with the student and recommending them for further medical training.

Applicant support form: This type of reference document can be requested if student’s are applying to a program that requires it as part of their application. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of the form, as it is not provided by CaRMS. Student’s can find these forms in the program descriptions of programs requiring them or in the list below.

Family Medicine Structured Reference letter: This type of reference document can be requested if applicants are applying to Family Medicine programs that require it. This type of reference document is completed inline by reference providers, which means that applicants must pick this option from the drop-down menu in their CaRMS Online account when requesting a reference for Family Medicine specifically.

 

Below is a list of programs requiring a reference form.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we try our best to keep the list of programs that require a reference form as up to date as possible, it is the applicant's responsibility to review program descriptions to confirm a program's reference requirements.

Discipline University Link to the form
Emergency Medicine All EM programs Regular PDF link
Fillable PDF link
Family Medicine All FM programs No form to send however you MUST request it as the reference type Family Medicine Structured Reference Letter
Anesthesiology *Université Laval Link
Université de Montréal Link
Université de Sherbrooke Link
University of Manitoba Link
Dermatology Université Laval Link
Université de Montréal
*Université de Sherbrooke Link
Diagnostic Radiology *Université Laval Link
Université de Montréal Link
General Surgery Université Laval Link
*Université de Sherbrooke Link
Internal Medicine Université de Montréal Link
Université de Sherbrooke Link
Neurology Université Laval Link
Neurosurgery *Université Laval Link
Nuclear Medicine *Université de Montréal Link
*Université de Sherbrooke Link
Obstetrics and Gynecology Université Laval Link
Ophthalmology *Université de Sherbrooke Link
Université Laval Link
Orthopedic Surgery Université de Sherbrooke Link
Université Laval Link
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery *Université de Sherbrooke Link
Pediatrics Université Laval Link
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Université Laval Link
Plastic Surgery Université de Sherbrooke Link
Université Laval Link
Public Health and Preventive Medicine Université Laval Link
Radiation Oncology Université Laval Link
Urology *Université de Sherbrooke Link
Vascular Surgery Université Laval Link

*Optional: program is requesting either letter of reference or reference form, or a mix of both.

What do I do if I selected the wrong reference document type when creating a reference request in CaRMS Online?

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