The 2020 MSM timeline will be available on April 15, 2019.

Updated March 4, 2020

2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match — first iteration

If you have not previously participated in a CaRMS match, you can register here starting July 8, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

You will notice that there are milestones and deadlines listed in this timetable. Milestones are simply recommended dates designed to help you keep your application on track during each phase of the application process. These milestones are not deadlines.

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July 2020

15 July 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program descriptions are published on

Approved program descriptions for all programs that are participating in the 2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match are now available on for applicants to review.

15 July 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Access to CaRMS Online

All applicants are able to log into their CaRMS Online account using their existing username and password to participate in the match. If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

August 2020

6 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program selection period begins

Applicants are now able to start selecting the programs to which they wish to apply on CaRMS Online and assign requested documents.

7 August 2020

Milestone: examination and document transfers

All your MCC examinations and documents should be shared in the transfers section of your application on CaRMS Online by this date to ensure your examination scores and documents are retrieved from the MCC before file review begins on August 26.

10 August 2020 at 17:00 ET

DEADLINE: Submission of translation requests

If you would like for your transcript, MSPR or any letters of reference to be translated using our translation service, you must make the request through CaRMS Online by this date to allow sufficient time for translation before file review begins on August 26. Documents must be available in your CaRMS Online application in order for us to be able to process the translation.

Note: we will continue to process translations that are requested after this date, but, due to the high volume of requests, we cannot guarantee they will be available in your account before file review begins.

14 August 2020

Milestone: Letters of reference sent by email

If your referees are sending letters of reference by email at, you should ensure they are sent to CaRMS by this date to guarantee they will be uploaded into your CaRMS Online application before letters of reference are available for programs to review on August 26.

Note: we will continue to process letters that arrive after this date, but, due to the volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be uploaded into your application before file review begins.

25 August 2020

DEADLINE: Uploaded letter of reference

If referees are submitting a letter of reference through the CaRMS Online Referee portal, ensure they are submitted by this date to give applicants enough time to assign to programs in CaRMS Online before letters of reference are available for programs to review.

26 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: assignment of applications and documents

Your applications and all required documents must be assigned to programs by August 26 at 12:00 (noon) ET to be considered as being submitted on time.

All applications and documents assignments completed after this time will be time-stamped as late.

Note: some programs will not review late applications or a document that arrives late. We encourage you to review program descriptions to ensure programs will review your application if it is submitted after file review has begun.

26 August 2020 at 12:05 ET

File review begins

Programs now have access to all submitted applications and documents. They will review applications and communicate with applicants to schedule interviews.

September 2020

1 September 2020 - 28 September 2020

DEADLINE: Interview Status updates in CaRMS Online (Prior to sending interview invitations)
Programs are to complete all initial interview status updates in CaRMS Online at least one week prior to the program interview date.

8 September 2020 - 5 October 2020

National interview period

Interviews will be scheduled during this period.

30 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs are now able to begin creating their rank order lists.

October 2020

22 October 2020 at 15:00 ET

DEADLINE: Submission of rank order lists for applicants

Applicants must submit their rank order list through CaRMS Online by 15:00 ET. This deadline is firm – no rank order lists can be submitted after this time.

Note: you are able to modify your submitted list, but you must re-submit the list before the deadline.

November 2020

4 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET


Match results for the first iteration of the 2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match are available through CaRMS Online.

January 2021

13 January 2021 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

This is the last day to access information in your CaRMS Online account for the 2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match. You will no longer have access to the information in your application after this date.

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