To participate in the Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Match (FM/EM match) you must

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident enrolled in postgraduate year 2 (PGY-2) in a Canadian family medicine residency program accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or
  • hold the CCFP (Certification in The College of Family Physicians) designation

Participating FM/EM programs have additional requirements, so we encourage you to review individual program descriptions for detailed program-specific requirements.

Eligibility for graduates of United States residency programs (USMGs)

If you are a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program, you must join the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) as a resident member and provide evidence that you are registered in an accredited program.

To be granted certification you must:

  • Pass the CFPC exam;
  • Provide evidence of having completed your training; and
  • Sit and pass the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) exam.

Certification is granted as soon as confirmation of passed status with the ABFM is received.

Provincial criteria

Each province has criteria that must be met by applicants applying for positions within that province. Eligibility requirements differ from province to province, so you should carefully review the criteria below when preparing to apply to programs.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Updated July 19, 2018

CaRMS – Newfoundland Provincial Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the FM/EM Match

To participate in College of Family Physicians of Canada Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC(EM), you must be a Canadian citizen or hold a valid Canadian permanent resident card. (www.immigrationdirect.ca)

Provincial criteria

Each province has criteria that must be met by applicants applying for positions within that province. Eligibility requirements differ from province to province, so you should carefully review the criteria below when preparing to apply to programs.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Provincial Terms and Conditions

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador requires all applicants to submit, as proof of citizenship/permanent residency, a notarized/certified copy of their current valid passport in addition to one of the following documents:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)

 

Applicants must currently be registered in their second year of the CFPC training program, have already obtained CCFP certification, or are eligible to write the CFPC examination.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS

It should be noted that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) will screen applications at the request of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) only. Individuals are therefore advised NOT to contact the CPSNL for an opinion or assessment regarding their eligibility.

Individuals who are considering the liquidation of major personal assets as part of a move to Newfoundland, affiliated with a residency position, are cautioned that final acceptance to our program is contingent on clearance from the CPSNL.

 

Other than the proof of citizenship/permanent residency, notarized/certified documents are not required for the application process; however, if you are accepted, you will be required to provide the original or notarized/certified documents.

 

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador

All applicants matched to the postgraduate medical education programs at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine must meet the requirements for the Postgraduate Education License with the CPSNL prior to entering the program. The CPSNL’s Medical Act and Regulations, and Postgraduate Education License requirements, are subject to amendment from time to time. The CPSNL takes no responsibility for updating applicants on any amendments to licensure requirements.

The following are the Postgraduate Education License requirements of the CPSNL and PGME office, and required documents:

  • The CPSNL’s application form must be completed and applicable fees paid.
  • A notarized copy of the applicant’s medical degree.
  • Current original passport sized photograph.
  • If applicable, a copy of Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship and current valid passport.
  • Confirmation of holding Professional Liability Insurance (CMPA).
  • A copy of the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) certificate.
  • Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check – Applicants for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador are required to provide the CPSNL with a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check. Applicants must contact their local police service to arrange for these checks and for the completed checks to be sent to the CPSNL. The CPSNL does not cover any costs associated with these checks. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in an incomplete application. Both documents must be received at the CPSNL before a resident will be permitted to commence training.
  • Medical Identification Number for Canada (MINC) Consent Form.
  • If an applicant’s name has changed following graduation from medical school, notarized documents such as a marriage certificate, divorce certificate or official name change document will be required.
  • Applicants must have graduated from a school or Faculty of Medicine recognized by the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • IMGs must have a passing score in the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Evaluating Exam and must have written this exam no more than 5 years immediately before the date of commencing residency. Please refer to the MCC website at www.mcc.ca. Applicants are required to provide a copy of the results as well as the supplemental feedback report. All other applicants are required to provide a copy of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Part I or II examination results and supplemental feedback report.
  • In order to be granted a Postgraduate Education License by the CPSNL, applicants must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language. Applicants are exempt from language proficiency testing if their medical education and patient care experience was in one of the countries that has English as a first language.

The CPSNL recognizes the following countries and dependencies as having English as the first language:

Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Bermuda
Canada
Dominica
Grenada
Ireland
Jamaica
New Zealand
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Singapore
South Africa
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom
United States of America
Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
Virgin Islands (United States)

 

Although the first and native language of Saba is not officially English, the language of undergraduate medical education at Saba University School of Medicine is English and patient care experiences during the clinical portion of the undergraduate curriculum are in English. Thus, graduates of Saba University School of Medicine are exempt from the language testing provisions.

All other applicants must have taken the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), within 24 MONTHS PRIOR TO COMMENCING RESIDENCY, and have achieved a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the components.

No exceptions are permitted by PGME at Memorial University.

If an individual completed their medical studies in an international medical school in English, but the first language of that country is not English, they are required to provide satisfactory completion of language proficiency testing. A Deans’ letter, attesting to the language of instruction as being in English, is NOT acceptable to the CPSNL.

  • Applicants who have been away from medical school, postgraduate training, or active, clinical practice for greater than two years will not be considered for a Postgraduate Education License. Observing, volunteering, clinical assisting, job shadowing, pursuing academic studies (nursing studies, doctorates, masters, degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc.) are NOT recognized as active practice or training. All gaps or breaks in practice or training of two continuous months or more must be explained on the Declaration of Interruptions
  • Training/educational experiences completed by individuals under an IMG assessment program or a clinical trainee program are NOT recognized as active clinical practice or training.
  • If an applicant has previously completed postgraduate training, or held licensure/registration in another jurisdiction outside of Newfoundland, the CPSNL will require additional information, including Certificates of Professional Conduct from all jurisdictions.
  • Current year graduates will require a reference letter from the Dean (MSPR) of their school or Faculty of Medicine. Prior year graduates will require three reference letters which will be determined based on the assessment of their application form.
  • ​All IMGs, or CMGs with international postgraduate training, are required to submit their medical credentials to physiciansapply.ca for verification. Current year graduates must submit their medical degree and medical school transcript for source verification. Prior year graduates must submit their medical degree, medical school transcript, all postgraduate training and specialty certificates and registrations for verification. This process can take several weeks/months to complete. Individuals are therefore urged to take care of this matter IMMEDIATELY following notification of a successful match.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI

Updated August 2, 2018

Dalhousie University

Successful applicants must hold a CCFP designation at the time Emergency Medicine training commences.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada at the time of application, (proof is required from all candidates in order to ensure eligibility).

You must currently be in a Family Medicine Residency program* OR have the CCFP designation

License

All applicants must be eligible to register for an educational license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Language

Dalhousie University requires all applicants to be eligible to register for a license in all provinces in which the program requires training. Both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island have specific regulations regarding English language proficiency for physicians from outside of Canada. Below are links to the policies for each of the colleges. Candidates applying for postgraduate training must meet these requirements: 

CPSNS Language Requirements [PDF – 162kB]

CPSPEI Language Requirements [PDF – 282kB]

Return of Service

Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligation may not be eligible to begin Ministry-funded training positions at Dalhousie. Candidates holding a pre-existing ROS obligation must disclose such obligations and provide a letter from their sponsor stating that they may participate in match at the time of application.

Quebec

Updated June 22, 2018

Université Laval

McGill University

Université de Sherbrooke

Université de Montréal

Please note that, along with Emergency Medicine, the Quebec faculties of medicine also offer positions in the following programs in this match:

  • Family Medicine – Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Family Medicine – Addiction Medicine
  • Family Medicine – Palliative Care
  • Family Medicine – Care of the Elderly

To be eligible in Quebec, candidates must hold a medical degree from a Canadian or US medical school, a DO degree from a school accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association or a degree from outside Canada or the United States (DHCEU) and must have obtained equivalence for their MD degree from the Collège des médecins du Québec. They must be in the second year of a family medicine residency or have passed the family medicine certification examination of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Contingent régulier:

Positions in the contingent régulier are available to residents:

  • currently enrolled in the second year of a Family Medicine Program in a Faculty of Medicine in Quebec and already part of this quota.

Contingent particulier:

Positions are also available:

  • for Family Medicine practitioners who hold a Quebec-issued MD diploma, and who have been practicing Family Medicine for twelve months or more;
  • for Residents who are already part of this quota who are registered in a Family Medicine Program in a Faculty of Medicine in Quebec;
  • for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada who are currently completing a Family Medicine residency outside Quebec, either elsewhere in Canada or the United States, and who hold:
    • a Medical Degree (MD) from a Canadian or US medical school, or
    • a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from a School accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or
    • a Medical Degree from a Medical School outside Canada or the United States (DHCEU) AND who have obtained equivalence for their medical degree (MD) from the Collège des médecins du Québec.
Ontario

Updated July 10, 2019

University of Ottawa
Queen’s University
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
University of Toronto
McMaster University
Western University

For the purposes of clarity, Ontario has accepted the following definitions:

Canadian Medical Graduate or U.S. Medical Graduate (CMG/USMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). From here on in this will be referred to as a CMG.

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is not accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). From here on in this will be referred to as an IMG.

FM/EM Match

The Ontario Faculties of Medicine and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have agreed to the following policies for the PGY3 FM/EM 2020 match. It is important to note that individual programs may have specific criteria that are used to review applications. Please carefully review the program specific criteria as well as the provincial criteria below. All match applicants must meet the licensing criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for postgraduate education. CPSO

ANY DELAYS IN PROVIDING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO CPSO MAY RESULT IN A DELAY IN ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AND A DELAY IN STAT OF POSTGRADUATE TRAINING BEYOND JULY 1ST.

Training Level and Program

Who Can Apply

  • Trainees currently enrolled in a CFPC accredited program, who hold a postgraduate education certificate of registration or equivalent in their province, are eligible for the Match.
  • Practicing Family Physicians are not eligible for the PGY3 FM/EM match but may access PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine training via the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Re-entry Program. Re-entry Program information is available at the following website: MOHLTC
  • Off-cycle applicants: PGY2 residents with completion dates between July 1 and December 31, 2020 are also eligible but must declare their completion date on the application form and request a late start. You may only apply to the match one time. While some programs are able to admit residents ‘off-cycle’, others are not. Please refer to individual program descriptions to review program acceptance criteria regarding off-cycle start dates. Off-cycle applicants will remain eligible to apply to the following year’s match recognizing that they may have obtained an independent practice license in the interim period.
  • Residents currently enrolled in ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency programs in the U.S. who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may apply to the PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine Match if they meet the CFPC requirements outlined on the College of Family Physicians of Canada website at: Home | The College of Family Physicians of Canada

Legal Status

Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:

  1. Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada accompanied by photo ID (must be a Canadian government issued photo ID), or
  2. Notarized/certified photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
  3. Notarized/certified photocopy of confirmation of permanent residence accompanied by photo ID (must be a Canadian government issued photo ID), or
  4. Notarized/certified photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card — copies of both sides of card must be provided and legible.

Previous Subspecialty Tranining/Transfers

Trainees currently enrolled in subspecialty training are not eligible. The FM/EM match cannot be used for transfers.

Requirements for IMGs

Proof of MD Degree

IMGs must be graduates of an acceptable medical school on the World Directory of Medical Schools list. A notarized copy of medical school marks/transcripts and medical degree/diploma must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

MCCQE1

For the 2020 CaRMS match, IMGs must have written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination part 1 (MCCQE1) or the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE) Medical Council of Canada. The MCCQE1 is preferred in 2020 and will be mandatory for the 2021 CaRMS match. Exam results must be provided by the File Review Opening Date. Please review specific residency program descriptions for more information.

Language Proficiency

Applicants must be able to communicate in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school.

Must provide proof of English or French language proficiency through ONE of the following:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component, or
  2. TOEFL-lbt — passing score of 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section, or
  3. A pass result in the French proficiency test administered by the Collège des Médecins du Québec, or
  4. Candidates for whom their primary and secondary, or medical school education was conducted in English or French, the Ontario medical schools will accept Language Proficiency Attestations as follows:
    1. Primary and Secondary Education: Mailed directly from the Senior Academic Administrators of both schools to the program confirming that all of the candidate’s primary and secondary education was conducted completely in English or French.
    2. Medical School: Mailed directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the language of instruction and patient care was conducted completely in English or French, or
    3. World Directory of Medical Schools Language Option: If the instruction and the language of patient care at the undergraduate medical school was conducted completely in English or French, then a candidate must submit to the program a copy or printout of the World Directory of Medical Schools website listing the medical school which clearly states that the language of instruction is English or French.

Please review specific program descriptions for more information.

Licensing/Registration

IMGs must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for postgraduate education. See the CPSO’s website for information: CPSO

All IMGs need to have their documents verified through physiciansapply.ca. Any IMG who has not yet had their documents verified by physiciansapply.ca will be required to do so. This process can take several months to complete. Individuals are advised to visit physiciansapply.ca at the point of application.

Return of Service

The Ministry requests all ROS agreements before June 1 of the year they were matched. All agreements should be returned to the Ministry prior to the start of residency training.

More information for IMG ROS can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/physicians/international_medical_graduates.aspx

Information about the Ministry’s ROS programs is available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/physicians/ros.aspx

Additional Ontario Information

  • Matched Applicants: CaRMS will provide their electronic data file to the matched university’s postgraduate education office. The postgraduate office will share the information with the Ontario Physician Human Resource Data Centre, Canadian Post-MD Education Registry, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario, teaching hospitals and other training sites, Touchstone Institute and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Permanent Residents: Successful applicants who hold Permanent Resident status in Canada will be required to disclose their Country of Citizenship to the postgraduate medical education office in order to comply with current reporting requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • Changes: The Ontario Faculties of Medicine and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reserve the right to make changes to the information published on the CaRMS website pertaining to Ontario postgraduate training without prior notice.
  • Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements may result in applicant file not being reviewed or removed.

 

Manitoba

Updated August 1, 2018

University of Manitoba

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or hold Landed Immigrant (Permanent Resident) Status in Canada (proof required in order to ensure eligibility)
  • Currently in a Family Medicine Residency program* OR
  • Have the CCFP designation
  • Must be eligible for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
  • In the case of currently practicing physicians returning to residency, strong preference is given to physicians practicing in Manitoba.

*Successful applicants must hold a CCFP designation at the time the Emergency Medicine training commences

Saskatchewan

Updated July 12, 2019

University of Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine have agreed to the following policies for the 2020 R-3 match. Applicants are responsible for reviewing program descriptions, as well as the criteria listed below, to ensure they meet all required eligibility criteria and requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the University of Saskatchewan Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine programs must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the following:
    • Canadian Birth Certificate
    • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
    • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card)
    • Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
  • Must currently be in a Family Medicine Residency program OR have obtained the CCFP designation. (Note: Successful applicants must hold a CCFP designation at the time the Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine training commences.)
  • Licensing: Must be eligible for and maintain registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for an educational register license. Applicants who are International Medical Graduates, or who are studying at Quebec medical schools or the University of Ottawa (French Stream), may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • Credentialing: Must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority as determined by its credentialing process. Saskatchewan Regional Health Authorities require successful applicants to submit immunization records and proof of immunity (titres), and a current criminal record check, as part of its pre-resident application for appointment. Applicants with criminal records will be considered on a case by case basis by the College of Medicine in consultation with the Health Region.
  • ACLS: Prior to commencement of training, successful applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2020.
Alberta

Updated September 21, 2017

University of Alberta

  • Current enrollment as a PGY-2 resident in a Canadian Family Medicine residency OR
  • Practicing physician with a CCFP designation AND
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident

University of Calgary

  • Current enrollment as a PGY-2 resident in a Canadian Family Medicine residency OR
  • Practicing physician with a CCFP designation AND
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
British Columbia

Updated August 10, 2017

British Columbia

General Information

For Entry in the 2018-19 Academic Year

The following policies apply to the 2018 Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine.

All matched applicants must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) for postgraduate medical education. https://www.cpsbc.ca/

First and Second Iteration

Who can apply:

Training Level and Program

Trainees currently enrolled in the 2nd year of an accredited CFPC Family Medicine Residency program OR have already obtained CCFP certification.

International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude R-3 training.

Legal Status

Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and must provide proof by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline. No allowances for late submission. No other forms of verification are acceptable:

  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo ID, or
  • Photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
  • Photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate, Records of Landing; or
  • Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card – copies of both sides of card must be provided.

Proof of citizenship documentation must be notarized/certified.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

IMGs

  • Graduates of International Medical schools must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC through one of the following, and results must be submitted to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline:
    1. TOEFL iBT, with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections. TOEFL iBT score is valid for 2 years from the date taken; or,
    2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.
  • Applicants are considered to have met the English Language proficiency requirements if:
    1. the language of instruction at medical school was English, and
    2. the primary language of patient care was English, and
    3. the first and native language of the country where the physician was trained is English.
  • Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website: https://cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf

English Language Proficiency Requirements for graduates of Quebec Medical Schools:

Please note that candidates who attended medical school in Quebec where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians of Surgeons of BC through one of the following, and results must be submitted to CaRMS by Rank Order List deadline:

  1. TOEFL iBT, with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections. TOEFL iBT score is valid for 2 years from the date taken; or,
  2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website: https://cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf

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