How we’re working with our stakeholders to benefit learners

A new era of collaboration and engagement

CaRMS has entered a new era of collaboration and engagement with our member and stakeholder organizations. Dialogue with our partners throughout the medical education community remains a priority, and this engagement continues to highlight the value of sharing our data and unique insights into the match process.

Learner organization summit

In August, CaRMS was pleased to host a meeting of Canada’s four learner organizations: Resident Doctors of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Québec and Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec. With engagement and partnership top of mind during the productive discussions, the group agreed to meet twice a year with the second meeting scheduled for November 2016.

The joint meeting between CaRMS and the four learner organizations highlights the terrific collaborative relationship between CaRMS and its learner clients. This inaugural meeting, and subsequent regularly scheduled meetings, allows CaRMS and the learner organizations to efficiently and constructively work to address learner issues related to the match.”

– Franco Rizzuti, President, Canadian Federation of Medical Students

“It was a real pleasure to meet with CaRMS, along with the other three learner organizations, to discuss the applicant contract. To date, there haven’t been such meetings, but knowing that these will now be routinized makes me hopeful that we will continue to increase our collaboration in an ongoing effort to optimize our Canadian matching process.”

– Irving Gold, Executive Director, Resident Doctors of Canada

We hope these meetings with the representatives of Canadian medical students and residents will allow us to continue to align our communications and create a clear avenue for issue identification and resolution.

AFMC Resident Match Committee

The unmatched student has always been a hot topic in the world of medical education, and with good reason. While the majority of current year Canadian medical graduates are matched in the R-1 Main Residency Match (97.3% in 2016), we’re all interested in learning more about those who don’t. There are a variety of questions that come up in any discussion of unmatched applicants: Why don’t they match? What are the most common post-match pathways? And what can we do, collectively, to address the issue?

The AFMC Resident Match Committee, of which CaRMS is an active member, is currently digging into some of these issues. We look forward to working with our colleagues on the committee, contributing our data and expertise to this important conversation.