Updated November 29, 2020
University of Ottawa
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2021 Cycle Information
Criteria applicable for all medical graduates; for specific information, please see tabs.
CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES
|GENERAL INFORMATION||The Ontario Faculties of Medicine and Ontario Ministry of Health have agreed to the following policies for the 2021 PGY1 match. It is important to note that individual residency programs may have additional specific criteria that are used to review applications. Please carefully review the program specific criteria as well as the provincial criteria listed below.
All matched applicants must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for postgraduate medical education.
ANY DELAYS IN PROVIDING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO CPSO MAY RESULT IN A DELAY IN ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AND A DELAY IN START OF POSTGRADUATE TRAINING BEYOND JULY 1ST.
|LICENSING BODY||College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario|
|MATCH STREAMS||There will be two parallel streams – CMG and IMG – with designated positions for each stream. There will be no crossovers or transfers between the two streams.|
|RESTRICTIONS||All Candidates that have previous post-graduate training in the U.S. or Canada which would be creditable for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or College of Family Physicians of Canada certification are NOT ELIGIBLE for the first iteration. Physicians in practice are not eligible for the R-1 match.
Please be advised that graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools will be eligible for IMG positions only, and will be required to complete both the MCCQE1 and NAC OSCE as standard Ontario entry criteria. For more information on accredited Osteopathic programs visit COM Accreditation.
Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the File Review Opening deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:
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||Applicants must be able to communicate in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school and training site.|
|MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS||Please review individual program descriptions.|
|OTHER ASSESSMENTS||Please review individual program descriptions|
|RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS||N/A|
|MEDICAL EDUCATION||A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) 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).|
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||
Applicants must be able to communicate in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school.
Must provide proof of English or French language proficiency through ONE of the following:
Please review specific program descriptions for more information.
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.
Please note, for the 2021 R-1 Match cycle, the TOEFL iBT Home Edition will be accepted as a substitute for the TOEFL iBT.
|MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS||
For the 2021 CaRMS match IMGs must have written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1(MCCQE1). Exam results must be provided by the File Review Opening Date. Please review specific residency program descriptions for more information. For more information on the MCCQE Part 1 click on the following link https://www.mcc.ca/examinations/mccqe-part-i/
The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is mandatory for all IMGs including graduates of Osteopathic Medicine Schools. The results are required by the file review opening date. For more information click on the following link National Assessment Collaboration | Medical Council of Canada
For the 2021 CaRMS R-1 match Ontario requires the MCCQE1 for all IMGs. The MCCEE is no longer an acceptable substitution. Ontario also requires all IMG candidates to complete the NAC OSCE. If this is not possible due to reasons beyond your control, you may use the MCCQE2 as a substitute for the NAC OSCE for the 2021 match. Please see the CaRMS National MCC Chart for more information.
|RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS||Return of Service
The Ministry requests all ROS agreements before June 1 of the year they were matched. All agreements should be returned to the Ministry prior to the start of residency training.
More information for IMG ROS can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/physicians/international_medical_graduates.aspx
Information about the Ministry’s ROS programs is available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/physicians/ros.aspx
|MEDICAL EDUCATION||IMGs must be graduates of an acceptable medical school on the World Directory of Medical Schools list. Candidates must submit to the Program a copy or printout of the website listing the medical school which clearly states that the language of instruction is English or French.
All IMGs need to have their documents verified through physiciansapply.ca. This process can take several months to complete. Individuals are advised to visit physiciansapply.ca at the point of application.
A copy of medical school marks/transcripts and medical degree/diploma must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized/certified translation. Students applying in the last year of medical school will need to submit their most recent marks/transcripts, and will need to provide proof of their MD to CPSO prior to the start of residency training.
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION||Pre-residency Orientation Programs
All IMG candidates accepted to all residency programs will be required to complete either the Pre-Residency Program (PRP) or the Pre-Residency Program for Family Medicine (PRPFM) prior to entering into a residency program. Matched IMGs will be expected to attend these programs in Toronto, several weeks in advance of the start of their residency program. In some cases, this may result in a delay of the start date of the residency. Additional information on the PRP and PRP FM programs can be found at the following link: Touchstone Institute.
Assessment Verification Period
All IMG candidates accepted to residency training programs will be required to undergo an Assessment Verification Period (AVP). This assessment period is normally 12 weeks in length and is required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to obtain an educational license to enter a residency program. CPSO – International Medical Graduates (IMGs).
IMGs that have failed an AVP and are reapplying through CaRMS are ineligible to apply for training in the same specialty in Ontario, but may apply to a different specialty in the first and/or second iteration. IMGs who have withdrawn from a program prior to completion of an AVP must declare so upon application.
Additional Ontario Information: