Milestones and deadlines

CaRMS prepares detailed timelines for each of our matches. The timelines are designed to provide a schedule of important dates (called milestones) to help you keep your application on track. Milestones are just recommendations, not deadlines.

But what is the difference between a milestone and a deadline?

Milestones are dates we recommend you follow in order to ensure you have allocated enough time to complete each phase of the application process. They are guidelines designed  to help keep your application on track for timely completion. They act as a recommended date by which an objective should be met.

CaRMS milestones exist to help you plan the various steps you need to take to complete your application. Following our milestones will help reduce the stress related to last-minute rushing to complete application requirements. If you miss a deadline, you still have a time to complete that step of your application; however, your application may be marked as late or certain elements of your application may not be available in time.

Milestones are also important for CaRMS because they help us manage the number of documents we receive in the match cycle. For example, milestones help us keep the application process on track so that we have ample time to process the over 145,000 documents we receive for the R-1 Main Residency Match.

A deadline is the latest date and time by which a step can be completed. The only real deadline in the CaRMS schedule is the rank order list (ROL) deadline – the date by which applicants must submit their ranked list of programs and programs must submit their ranked list of applicants. If you miss this deadline, you will be automatically withdrawn from the match.