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Updated March 4, 2020

2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match — first iteration

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June 2020

24 June 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Access to CaRMS Online

CaRMS Online opens for postgraduate offices, program directors and administrators for the 2021 Medicine Subspecialty Match and 2021 Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Match.

  • Provincial criteria updates – Review send any updates to provincial criteria for each of these matches. Provincial criteria can be found on
  • New program requests – Add programs in the Match Management – programs section of your CaRMS Online account.
  • Review your list of CaRMS Online user account – Review your lists of PGME office accounts, match coordinators and program directors and modify or delete accounts that are no longer needed.
  • Master program description updates – Enter your province’s return of service requirements as well as the citizenship and language documents that are required your master program description.
  • Update program participation – Review all programs that you have registered in the match participation section of your CaRMS Online account and ensure you check the programs that are participating this year and uncheck those that are not.
  • Enter preliminary quota – Enter preliminary quota for all matches in the Quota Management section of your CaRMS Online account.
  • Approve program descriptions – Programs can start updating their program descriptions and submitting them for approval. Approve program descriptions before the match opens for applicants.

July 2020

15 July 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Applicant access to CaRMS Online

Applicants have access to CaRMS Online for the 2021 Medical Subspecialty Match. The following tasks must be completed by today.

  • Provincial criteria updates
  • New program requests
  • Review your list of CaRMS Online user accounts
  • Master program description updates
  • Update program participation
  • Enter preliminary quota
  • Approve program descriptions

August 2020

11 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

File reviewer and filter setup

Program directors and administrators may add or remove file reviewers for their program(s) in CaRMS Online and create filters in preparation for file review.

26 August 2020 at 12:05 ET

File review begins

All programs and file reviewers may access all applications that have been submitted to their program(s) through CaRMS Online.

Letters of reference available for review

All letters of reference that applicants have assigned to programs are now available to programs and file reviewers.

28 August 2020

Photos are unmasked

PGME office users will now be able to view applicant photos.

PGME office users do not have access prior to this date.

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

Programs are responsible for scheduling interviews with applicants during this period.

30 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking, quota and reversion approval period begins for PGME offices

Programs may begin creating their rank order lists in CaRMS Online. Once a rank order list has been submitted, PGME office users can begin approving them in CaRMS Online. Postgraduate office offices can also approve quota and submit any reversion instructions starting today.

October 2020

14 October 2020 at 14:00 ET

DEADLINE: Submission of program rank order lists

Programs must submit their rank order list through CaRMS Online by 14:00 ET. If programs do not submit by today, PGME offices can submit on their behalf.

22 October 2020 at 15:00 ET

DEADLINE: ranking, quota and reversion approval for PGME offices

Postgraduate office users must approve rank order lists, quota and submit any reversion instructions by 15:00 ET today.

November 2020

4 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET


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

Match results reports available for download

Match results reports are available for PGME offices. Save the reports for your records.

January 2021

13 January 2021 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online closes

CaRMS Online closes for the 2021 Medical Subspecialty Match. Matched applicant files can be retrieved from your PG transfer site account today.

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