Updated January 28, 2021

University of Manitoba

2021 Cycle Information

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

CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION The University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine and Manitoba Health have agreed to the following policies for the R-1 match. It is important to note that individual programs may have specific criteria that are used to review applications. Applicants are responsible for reviewing program specific criteria, as well as the provincial criteria listed below, to ensure they meet all required eligibility criteria.

All matched applicants must be eligible for and maintain registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) on the educational register. Any delays in providing all required documentation to CPSM may result in delay in issuance of a certificate of registration and a delay in start of postgraduate training.

CMGs/USMGs
Graduates of LCME/CACMS accredited schools who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible for the R1 match.

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR USMGs – The CPSM establishes categories of registration and eligibility criteria for licensure after residency and CFPC/RCPSC certification. CPSM categories of registration and eligibility criteria can be reviewed at: https://cpsm.mb.ca/registration
  • IMGs: International Medical Graduates (IMGs) where the medical degree is from an international medical school listed with the World Directory of Medical School (World Directory) IMGs who match will be required to complete a return of service in Manitoba (please see below). All IMG candidates accepted to residency programs are required to complete the mandatory two-week orientation program in June. Eligible learners in Doctors of Osteopathy programs may apply to the IMG stream for the upcoming CaRMS match cycle

Post-Residency
Successful completion of MCCQE Part I and MCCQE Part II is required for a license for independent practice in Manitoba following residency.

Postgraduate Essential Skills and Abilities
Those candidates applying for residency must meet the essential skills and abilities associated with the Residency Program. The PGME Essential Skills and Abilities (Technical Standards) for Admission, Promotion or Graduation in the PGME Program, and Accommodation Policy outlines the required skills and technical standards that all candidates for admissions, promotion or graduation in the PGME Programs must meet to successfully achieve the required competencies necessary to practice their area of medicine in Canada

LICENSING BODY All residents must meet the licensing criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) for postgraduate education. See the CPSM website for information.
MATCH STREAMS There will be two parallel streams:

  • Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) and
  • International Medical Graduate (IMG) with no prior postgraduate training in the U.S. or Canada which would be creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification.

Designated positions will be identified for each stream. There will be no crossovers or transfers between the two streams

RESTRICTIONS Previous Postgraduate Medical Education

International Medical Graduates who have previous Post-Graduate training in the U.S. or Canada which would be creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification are ineligible for the first iteration of the R1 match. International Medical Graduates with non-creditable postgraduate training are eligible for the first and second iteration.

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

Notarized/certified photocopied proof of citizenship must be provided. Photocopies are accepted but citizenship documents other than what is listed above are not accepted.

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 English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.

Language assessment document accepted Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
IELTS Academic 2 years from the date taken 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting

CMG/USMG

If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

Candidates who attended medical school in Canada or the United States where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Please note: for the 2021 R-1 Match cycle, we are relaxing this rule during the COVID pandemic and problems related to testing availability.

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 N/A
OTHER ASSESSMENTS English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.

Assessment name Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
CASPer Current year N/A

All applicants are required to complete a CASPer(tm) (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration
Please refer to the following website to confirm the test dates. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

https://takecasper.com/test-dates/

  • To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit take CASPer.com http://www.takeCASPer.com. Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com
  • Note: CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Applicants who take the test in the 1st iteration of the 2021 R-1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS

 

The following applicants will be required to sign a Return of Service “ROS” contract with the Province of Manitoba. The ROS commitment is commensurate with the length of the training program.

  • All applicants entering the Family Medicine – Northern Remote Stream (including transfers into the program)
MEDICAL EDUCATION Note: All documents mentioned should be reflected in corresponding program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION All candidates accepted to all residency programs must attend the mandatory PGME orientation day on June 29, 2021

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 2 years from the date taken 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting

IMG applicants must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:

  1. the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation obtained directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required.
  2. their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the countries that have English as a first and native language (see list below)

For example, evidence could be provided to support the following:

  1. taken in their totality, the majority (>50%) of the applicant’s undergraduate and/or postgraduate medical education was in English;
  2. taken in its totality, the majority (>50%) of patient care provided by the applicant was in English

All other candidates must have taken the Academic Version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

List of countries that have English as a first and native language: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands – Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

Please note the following:

  • Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Language Proficiency Attestations will not be accepted from the candidate or a third party.
  • Language Proficiency results will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.

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 File review opening Mandatory
MCCQE Part I File review opening Mandatory

National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – The NAC OSCE examination is mandatory for all IMGs applying for first-year residency positions in Manitoba that started on or after July 1, 2015. The results are required by the file review opening date.

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination
For the 2020 CaRMS match, IMGs must have written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1(MCCQE1). The MCCQE1 is mandatory for the 2021 CaRMS match. Exam results must be provided by the File Review Opening Date. Please review specific residency program descriptions for more information.

Priority may be given to those who have successfully completed the MCCQE Part I and MCCQE Part II. The results must be provided by the file review opening date.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the following exception will be allowed.

IMG applicants – evidence that you were registered for the MCCQE-Part 1 exam in 2020 but unable to take it due to the COVID 19 pandemic will be accepted. The exam will need to be taken at the next available sitting.

PROVINCIAL ASSESSMENT  N/A
OTHER ASSESSMENTS
Assessment name Acceptable assessment date range Minimum score
CASPer Current year N/A

All applicants are required to complete a CASPer(tm) (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration
Please refer to the following website to confirm the test dates. Please note that no additional tests will be scheduled

https://takecasper.com/test-dates/

  • To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit take CASPer.com http://www.takeCASPer.com. Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com
  • Note: CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Applicants who take the test in the 1st iteration of the 2021 R-1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS

 

The following applicants will be required to sign a Return of Service “ROS” contract with the Province of Manitoba. The ROS commitment is commensurate with the length of the training program.

  • All applicants entering the Family Medicine – Northern Remote Stream (including transfers into the program)
  • All IMGs entering all training programs IMGs already holding a return of service obligation must disclose these obligations at the time of application. IMGs who have undischarged return of service obligations may not be eligible to begin training in a position funded by Manitoba Health.

Such individuals may wish to contact Shared Health at pmao-residents@sharedhealthmb.ca for more information.

MEDICAL EDUCATION Pre-Residency Orientation Programs

To help ensure a smooth transition to residency, all IMG candidates accepted to residency programs are required to complete the mandatory two-week orientation program in June 2021. Further information about the mandatory IMG Orientation can be found on the University of Manitoba, International Medical Graduates-Orientation webpage.

All candidates accepted to all residency programs must attend the mandatory PGME orientation day on June 29, 2021.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Additional document information for IMGs

All IMGs need to have their documents verified through physiciansapply.ca
This process can take several weeks/months to complete. Individuals are advised to visit physiciansapply.ca at the point of application.

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