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CaRMS CEO to retire after 29-year tenure overseeing substantial growth and automation

CaRMS CEO to retire after 29-year tenure overseeing substantial growth and automation

Search has begun for new executive to lead national not-for-profit organization.

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) would like to announce that it will begin searching for a replacement for outgoing Executive Director and CEO of nearly 30 years, Sandra Banner. Under her tenure, CaRMS – which matches Canadian medical students to postgraduate medical training – has grown 40-fold and has fully embraced an automated, Internet-based service delivery model.

Since 1986, Banner has concentrated and expanded the primary services of CaRMS, which now offers bilingual services to over 7,000 applicants and 650 programs nationally. She led the transformation from a paper-based process to an Internet-supported electronic application, selection and matching service; and, oversaw the growth of the organization from 1.5 full-time staff to over 40.

In her role as CEO, Banner develops and maintains relationships with the many organizations that comprise the network of medical education in Canada. She has served with and participated in numerous medical education and government committees and has contributed to numerous national and government committees and medical education publications.

The Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership will continue to encourage the development of future leaders in medicine through public recognition and financial support of one undergraduate and one postgraduate medical trainee each year who have demonstrated interest in and aptitude for leadership.

Banner’s retirement is slated for December 2015.

Banner said: “The past 10 years at CaRMS have been a time of rapid and significant change. We’ve seen a vast increase in applicant numbers, higher demand for subspecialty matches and rapid technological development. The organization has grown considerably over this time to meet our community’s increased needs, and I am honoured to have been part of such a dynamic organization for nearly three decades.”

Dr. Willa Henry, Chair of CaRMS’ Board of Directors, said: “Sandra has served CaRMS for 29 years and has led this organization through significant growth. We are proud to be recognized as one of as the best resident matching systems in the world. Sandra¹s energy and passion will be missed as she moves on to the next stage of her career which Sandra says will include more time for family grandchildren and dancing.”

Dr. Tom Marrie, Past Chair of CaRMS’ Board of Directors, said: “Sandra’s oversight of the CaRMS organization has had significant impact throughout Canada. She is leaving CaRMS in a strong position to continue its work and in particular its focus on communication and consultation with applicants and medical faculty. On behalf of the Board of Directors, our Committees, and all stakeholders, I thank Sandra for her devoted and tireless service over a valuable resource to the Canadian medical community.”

About CaRMS

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is a national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization established in 1969 at the request of medical students seeking an independent entity to provide a fair and transparent application and matching service for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.