Communiqué sent on December 2, 2021 - Introducing the CaRMS self-identification questionnaire

Safety, fairness, and equity are guiding principles of the CaRMS Match, and we are committed to fostering these values within Canadian medical education. As our community works to find ways to make the world of medical education more inclusive and diverse, CaRMS is doing all that we can to support and inform these efforts.

CaRMS self-identification questionnaire

Before we can chart the path forward, we need to understand our starting point—that’s why we’re introducing the CaRMS self-identification questionnaire in the 2022 R-1 match. This questionnaire will invite applicants to share information about how they identify in several areas, with the goal of gathering information about the composition of the applicant pool and the current state of the application, selection and match process in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

In building the questionnaire, CaRMS engaged with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and learner leadership to ensure that the questions asked are in line with current best practices, and that the language used is appropriate, respectful, and inclusive.

Our goal is an accurate picture of the current state of diversity in the postgraduate residency application, selection, and match process, and this is only possible if all applicants participate. The CaRMS self-identification questionnaire is entirely voluntary, but we hope you will fill it out—whether you identify as a member of an equity seeking group or not. All information will be kept confidential and held securely by CaRMS. The questionnaire collects your CaRMS ID and email address to allow us to make important connections between diversity data and other application, selection and match data, but it is important to note that data will only be shared in an aggregate, anonymized format. 

The information you provide will be used for the express purpose of understanding current application, selection, and match processes and outcomes in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion. It will also be invaluable in helping the medical education community set future goals and measure progress. We all want an application, selection, and match process that is truly equitable and inclusive, and that values diversity. Working together we can make it happen.

Selection process pilot project

For the 2022 R-1 match, only a small group of programs will be requesting the CaRMS self-identification questionnaire as an optional application document. These programs have explicitly highlighted equity, diversity and inclusion as selection goals, and they have stated exactly how they will be using the information collected through the questionnaire in their selection processes. 

If you apply to these programs, it is entirely your choice whether you want to provide the questionnaire as part of your application package. This is your information, and you have complete control over who it will be shared with. Filling out the questionnaire to provide your information confidentially to CaRMS does not mean you are obligated to also share the information with any programs that request it. Your form will only be provided to a program if you assign it as part of your application to that program.


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