To participate in the first iteration of the R-1 match, you must be a medical student or graduate who has obtained or is in the process of obtaining a medical degree by July 1 of the match year from an institution that meets one of the following criteria:
- A Liaison Committee on Medical Education/Committee on Accreditation on Canadian Medical Schools (LCME/CACMS) accredited school;
- A school of osteopathic medicine; or
- An international medical school listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). (Note: While it is anticipated that the World Directory of Medical Schools will replace the IMED in the future, the IMED currently remains the definitive source of acceptable international medical school programs).
You must also be a Canadian citizen or hold a valid Canadian permanent resident card.
If you are an international medical graduate who is attending or has graduated from a school listed with the IMED, or who is attending or has graduated from a school of osteopathic medicine and is planning to apply in a province in which osteopaths are considered part of the IMG stream,* you must also have:
- Written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) on or before March 2015; and
- Written and passed, or be scheduled to write, the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination by September 2015.
To receive an MD equivalence in Québec (and to be able to apply to residency programs in Québec), IMG applicants must have been approved by the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) by fulfilling one of the following two requirements of the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ):
- A pass on the NAC exam; OR
- A pass on the QE part II
Please note that applicants to provinces other than Quebec are still required to have the NAC examination.
If you are attending or have graduated from a school of osteopathic medicine and are planning to apply in a province in which osteopaths are considered part of the CMG stream,* you must also have:
- Written and passed the MCCEE; or
- Be scheduled to write the September or November 2015 MCCEE.**
Only applicants without previous Canadian or US postgraduate training are eligible to attain a position through CaRMS in the first iteration. If you have previous Canadian or US postgraduate training or plan to participate only in the second iteration of the match, please review the second iteration eligibility information.
* Consult provincial criteria to confirm the stream in which osteopaths are considered in each province you plan to apply to.
** If you write the November MCCEE, your exam score will not be available as part of the CaRMS application until after first iteration file review opens, as the results are not available until late December. Programs may elect to not review the applications of applicants who do not have the MCCEE results at the opening of file review. If you are scheduled for the January MCCEE of the match year, you are not eligible for the first iteration, but you will be able to register for the second iteration of the match.