2018 R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) –
First iteration

Updated May 9, 2017

June 27, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Login information distributed

Designated program administrators and program directors will receive an email from CaRMS with instructions on how to log in to CaRMS Online.

If you were a program administrator or director for the 2017 R-1 Main Residency Match, log into CaRMS Online using your existing username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

Note: if you are a program director or administrator for this match and have not received an email from us, please contact at communication@carms.ca.

Program description updates

Program directors and administrators may log into CaRMS Online and start updating their program descriptions. All programs must update their program descriptions for the new match year before they are published on CaRMS.ca on September 6.

Note: program descriptions can be updated throughout the match if critical updates are needed.

September 6, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Applicants begin online application process

All applicants may log into their CaRMS Online account to begin their application.

September 6, 2017

Program descriptions published on CaRMS.ca

Program descriptions are now available on CaRMS.ca for applicants to review.

November 9, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) ET

File reviewer and filter setup

Program directors and administrators may add or remove file reviewers for their program(s) in CaRMS Online and create filters in preparation for file review.

Once file reviewers have been added, they will receive an email from CaRMS with instructions on how to create an account. Applications will be available for review when file review opens on November 21 at 12:05 (noon) ET.

November 21, 2017 at 15:30 ET

File review begins

All programs and file reviewers may access all applications that have been submitted to their program(s) through CaRMS Online.

Letters of reference letters are not available for review until November 28 to allow maximum time for letters of reference to be sent to CaRMS.

Note: the PGME and UGME Associate Deans of the faculties of medicine of Canada, with CaRMS’ input, have decided to open file review a week earlier than usual to allow more time for programs to review applications. In order to not penalize applicants who have scheduled electives ending in November and are potentially requesting a letter of reference from this elective, letters of reference will not be available for programs to review until the following week, on November 28.

November 28, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Letters of reference available for review

All letters of reference that applicants have assigned to programs are now available to programs and file reviewers.

Programs do not have access to any letters of reference letters submitted before today.

January 13 – February 4, 2018

National interview period

Programs are responsible for scheduling interviews with applicants during this period.

Interviews for current-year Canadian medical school graduates from out-of-town universities are conducted during this three-week period.

Interviews for international medical graduates and applicants at their own schools are coordinated separately with no specific national time period.

January 25, 2018 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists in CaRMS Online.

Once you have submitted your rank order list, your postgraduate office can begin reviewing and approving.

To make changes to your submitted list, contact your postgraduate office.

February 7, 2018 at 14:00 ET

Deadline: rank order list

Programs must submit their rank order list through CaRMS Online by 14:00 ET.

March 1, 2018 at 12:00 (noon) ET


Match results for the 2018 R-1 Main Residency Match are available through CaRMS Online.

May 8, 2018 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

CaRMS Online access closes for the 2018 R-1 Main Residency Match.

We recommend programs download and save any match-related files before this date. Matched applicant files can only be retrieved from your postgraduate office once CaRMS Online closes.

* Please refer back to this timeline regularly, as dates are subject to change.