Updated November 24, 2020

University of Alberta
University of Calgary

2021 Cycle Information

Criteria applicable for all medical graduates; for specific information, please see tabs.

The 2022 provincial criteria is currently under review.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2021 match. Updated criteria will be posted on this page in the upcoming months, once it has been reviewed by the province.

CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION N/A
LICENSING BODY All matched applicants must meet the licensing criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) for postgraduate education. ANY DELAYS IN PROVIDING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO CPSA MAY RESULT IN A DELAY IN ISSUANCE OF LICENSURE AND A DELAY IN START OF POSTGRADUATE TRAINING. See the CPSA website for information.
MATCH STREAMS The first iteration of the CaRMS match will include two parallel streams: Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) Stream and International Medical Graduate (IMG) Stream, each having designated positions. There will be no cross-over or transfer between the two streams.

Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada to be eligible for either stream.

The CMG stream is limited to graduates of LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools in Canada and the United States.

Graduates of schools of osteopathic medicine in the United States are eligible for IMG designated positions but must be assessed by the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMG).

RESTRICTIONS N/A
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
 Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

As of the 2021 R-1 match cycle, CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the citizenship/legal status verification completed by PGME offices. The above-mentioned criteria is still applicable; however, you may not be required to provide documentation directly to CaRMS. Please see additional information here.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) or U.S. Allopathic Medical Graduate (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).

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Language assessment document accepted Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
IELTS Academic Within 24 months before submitting their application to CPSA 7.0 in each component of a single test

English Language Proficiency Requirements for graduates of Quebec and New Brunswick Medical Schools:

  • Please note that candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or New Brunswick 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 Alberta.
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS N/A
OTHER ASSESSMENTS
Assessment name Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
CASPer Before early January 2021 Not applicable

CASPer results will only be used by select programs at the University of Alberta. Please see program descriptions for details.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS N/A
MEDICAL EDUCATION Note: All documents mentioned should be reflected in corresponding program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION All matched applicants will be required to provide proof of successful completion of the MCCQE Part I by the end of their R-1 year.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

A U.S. Osteopathic Medical Graduate (USMG- Osteo) is an individual who received their medical degree from an accredited Osteopathic medical school.

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Language assessment document accepted Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
 IELTS Academic Within 24 months before submitting their application to CPSA 7.0 in each component of a single test

Please note, for the 2021 R-1 Match cycle, the IELTS Indicator will be accepted as a substitute for the Academic Version of the IELTS.

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS
Examination Date/milestone assessment submission required Requirement
NAC Examination Provincial Assessment Deadline Mandatory
MCCQE Part I Provincial Assessment Deadline Mandatory
PROVINCIAL ASSESSMENT
Assessment name Must complete assessment by
 AIMG Program December 4, 2020

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must be deemed eligible by the Alberta AIMG Program in order to participate in the CaRMS match process for designated Alberta IMG positions. AIMG Program eligibility criteria are specified on the AIMG Program website.

The AIMG Program determination of eligibility to participate in the match process is valid for the specified match year only. Applicants who are deemed eligible for participation in a specified match year who are not matched must re-apply to and be deemed eligible by the AIMG Program in order to be considered for a subsequent match year. Please visit the AIMG Program website.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Candidates who are matched through the first iteration of CaRMS must successfully complete the AIMG Program Externship prior to the start of Residency. Only those candidates who successfully complete the Externship will be eligible to begin the residency program to which they matched. Please see the AIMG Program website for details about the Externship.

OTHER ASSESSMENTS
Assessment name Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
CASPer Before early January 2021 Not applicable

CASPer results will only be used by select programs. Please see program descriptions for details

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS  N/A
MEDICAL EDUCATION Note: All documents mentioned should be reflected in corresponding program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

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