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

Updated March 4, 2020

2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match — second iteration

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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November 2020

4 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Applicant registration opens

Applicants who do not already have a CaRMS Online account can register for an account.

Match participation opens for unmatched first iteration applicants

Unmatched applicants from the first iteration may log into CaRMS Online and participate in the second iteration.

Note: program selection for the second iteration opens on November 6 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

6 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program descriptions published on

Approved program descriptions for all programs participating in the second iteration of the Medicine Subspecialty Match are available on for applicants to review.

Program selection period begins

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

DEADLINE: Submission of translation requests

While we will process any translation requests for MSPRs, transcripts and letters of reference during the second iteration, we cannot guarantee that they will be in your account and ready to assign to programs by the opening of file review on November 12.

9 November 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 November 12.


10 November 2020

Milestone: letters of reference sent by mail

If your referees are sending hardcopy letters of reference by mail, you should ensure they arrive at CaRMS by this date to guarantee they will be processed into your CaRMS Online application before file review on November 12.

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 scanned into your application before file review begins.

12 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: Assignment of applications and documents

Your applications and all required documents must be assigned to programs by November 12 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.

12 November 2020 at 12:05 ET

File review period begins

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

Note: there is no designated national interview period for the second iteration of the Medicine Subspecialty Match.

17 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

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

26 November 2020 at 15:00 ET

Deadline: Submission of applicant rank order lists

Applicants must have their rank order list submitted 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.

December 2020

9 December 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET


Match results for the second 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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