Updated September 19, 2022

University of Alberta
University of Calgary

2023 Cycle Information

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

The 2023 provincial criteria is currently under review.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2022 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 Please be aware that Alberta Health Services (AHS) determines immunization requirements for all healthcare workers who provide services on AHS, Alberta Precision Laboratories, Covenant Health, Carewest, and CaptialCare property. This applies to resident physicians. Resident physicians matched to any University of Alberta or University of Calgary residency program must ensure they are able to comply with the AHS policy to start training July 1, 2023. Immunization requirements are subject to change as per AHS policy. Click here for more information on the AHS Covid-19 Immunization Policy.
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. 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).

IMG Stream

IMGs must be deemed eligible by the 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.

RESTRICTIONS The R-1 CaRMS cannot be used for re-entry.
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

CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. 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 Please note that candidates who attended medical school in Quebec, New Brunswick, or the University of Ottawa (French stream) 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.

Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: 7.0 in each component of a single test

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: achieving a minimum grade of B in each component in a single test

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: achieving a minimum score of 9 in each component in a single test
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS 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.
OTHER ASSESSMENTS Assessment name: Casper

  • Acceptable assessment date range: By the end of January 2023
  • Minimum score: 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 Please see individual program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

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: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: 7.0 in each component of a single test

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: achieving a minimum grade of B in each component in a single test

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: achieving a minimum score of 9 in each component in a single test
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: NAC Examination

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

Examination: MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory
PROVINCIAL ASSESSMENT Assessment name: AIMG Program

  • Must complete assessment by: June 20, 2023

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: Casper

  • Acceptable assessment date range: By the end of January 2023
  • Minimum score: Not applicable

More information can be found on the TakeAltus (previously Casper) website.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS  N/A
MEDICAL EDUCATION Please see individual program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

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