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Putting match reports into context with multi-year comparative data

By: Stephen Rimac, Manager, Research and Data

CaRMS match reports are a great source of information for anyone interested in medical education and health care in Canada. They contain helpful information for medical students deciding where to train, as well as for medical educators, health human resources planners and the medical education community in general.

However, the sheer amount of data contained in these annual reports means it can sometimes be difficult to put all the information into context to see the big picture. That’s why we’ve pulled together multi-year comparative data in our R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) trend charts. Combined data from past and present matches can help connect the dots to get a more comprehensive picture of the R-1 match, and the graphical format makes it easy to identify trends and make connections.

CaRMS has always been committed to sharing data to inform decision making about pre- and postgraduate medical education in Canada. Our goal with this multi-year data is to give applicants, faculty and the medical education community at large another perspective on the concrete information they need to make decisions about career paths, training and health human resources.

Our R-1 match trend data is part of our continuing commitment to partnering with the medical education community to facilitate informed decision making, innovation and excellence in Canadian health care. We’d love to hear what you think about it. Contact us at LetUsKnow@carms.ca today!