Updated April 27, 2020

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match 

The 2021 R-1 match timeline is currently under review.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Resident Matching Committee (ARMC) is developing a new timeline that will see some milestones and deadlines shifted later in the year to accommodate schedule changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. A revised timeline will be posted once approved.

The 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match timeline will be available on April 15, 2020.

Match timelines are drafted by CaRMS and provided to the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada Resident Matching Committee (ARMC) for consultation and approval. They are posted once approved.

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September 2020

2 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

CaRMS Online opens

All registered applicants, as well as final year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), are sent an email with information on how to log into CaRMS Online and start their application.

Applicants who participated in a previous match that was run on CaRMS Online can log into their CaRMS Online account using their existing username and password to participate in the match. If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

Program descriptions available on CaRMS.ca

Approved program descriptions for all programs that are participating in the R-1 Main Residency Match are now available on CaRMS.ca for applicants to review.

October 2020

15 October 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program selection opens

Applicants may start selecting the programs to which they wish to apply on CaRMS Online and assign requested documents.

28 October 2020

Milestone: transcripts and MSPRs sent by your faculty (CMG applicants only)

If your university is sending a hardcopy of your Medical School Performance Record (MSPR) and transcript to the CaRMS Document Centre, they should arrive by today to guarantee they will be processed into your account before November 18 when programs start reviewing applications.

It is your responsibility to follow university procedures to ensure your medical school transcript and MSPR are sent directly to CaRMS. You can verify whether documents have been received through your Document Tracking section in CaRMS Online.

Note: we will continue to process hardcopy documents that arrive after this date, but, due to the high volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be available in your account before file review begins.

30 October 2020 at 17:00 ET

DEADLINE: submission of translation requests

If an applicant would like for their transcript, MSPR or any letters of reference to be translated using our translation service, applicants must make the request through CaRMS Online by today to allow sufficient time for translation before file review begins on November 18. Documents must be available in their CaRMS Online application in order for us to be able to process the translation.

Note: we will continue to process translations that are requested after this date, but, due to the high volume of requests, we cannot guarantee they will be available in the account before file review begins.

November 2020

12 November 2020

Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers (IMG applicants only)

All MCC examinations and documents should be shared in the physiciansapply.ca transfers section of the application on CaRMS Online by today to ensure your examination scores and documents are retrieved from the MCC before file review begins November 18.

Note: we will continue to process transfer requests after this date, but cannot guarantee scores and documents will be available from the MCC before file review, due to the time required for processing.

18 November 2020

Milestone: letters of reference sent by mail

If your referees are sending hardcopy reference letters by mail, you should ensure they arrive at CaRMS by today to guarantee they will be processed into your CaRMS Online application before letters of reference are available for programs to review on November 25.

Note: we will continue to process letters that arrive after this date, but, due to the volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be scanned into your application before November 25.

18 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: application and document assignments

Applications and all required documents (excluding letters of reference) must be assigned to programs by 12:00 (noon) ET today to be considered as being submitted on time.

All applications and documents assignments (excluding letters of reference) completed after today will be time-stamped as late.

Note: some programs will not review late applications or a document that arrives late. We encourage applicants to review program descriptions to ensure programs will review their application if it is submitted after file review has begun.

Staged release of letters of reference: the PGME and UGME Associate Deans of the faculties of medicine of Canada, with CaRMS’ input, have decided to open file review a week earlier than usual to allow more time for programs to review applications. In order to not penalize applicants who have scheduled electives ending in November and are potentially requesting a letter of reference from this elective, letters of reference will not be available for programs to review until the following week. Applicants have until November 25, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET to assign letters of reference to programs.

18 November 2020 at 12:05 ET

File review begins

Programs now have access to all submitted applications and documents (excluding letters of reference). They will review applications and communicate with applicants to schedule interviews.

25 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: assignment of letters of reference

Letters of reference must be assigned to programs by 12:00 (noon) ET today for them to be considered on time.

Letters of reference are now available for programs to review.

Programs do not have access to any letters of reference before today. Any letters of reference assigned after noon (ET) today will be time-stamped as late.

January 2021

16 January 2021 - 7 February 2021

National interview period

Interviews for current-year Canadian medical school graduates from out-of-town universities are conducted during this three-week period.

Interviews for international medical graduates and applicants interviewing at their own schools are coordinated separately with no specific national time period.

28 January 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists.

February 2021

18 February 2021 at 15:00 ET

Deadline: rank order lists

Applicants must have their rank order list submitted through CaRMS Online by 15:00 ET. This deadline is firm – no rank order lists can be submitted after this time.

Note: they may modify their submitted list, but must re-submit the list before the deadline.

March 2021

2 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

MATCH DAY

Match results for the first iteration of the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match are available through CaRMS Online.

May 2021

12 May 2021 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

This is the last day to access information in your CaRMS Online account for the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match. You will no longer have access to the information in your application after this date.

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2 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

CaRMS Online opens

All registered applicants, as well as final year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), are sent an email with information on how to log into CaRMS Online and start their application.

Applicants who participated in a previous match on CaRMS Online can log into their CaRMS Online account using their existing username and password to participate in the match. If they have forgotten your username or password, they can click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

Program descriptions available on CaRMS.ca

Approved program descriptions for all programs that are participating in the R-1 Main Residency Match are now available on carms.ca for applicants to review.

 

15 October 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program selection opens

Applicants may start selecting the programs to which they wish to apply on CaRMS Online and assign requested documents.

 

28 October 2020

Milestone: transcripts and MSPRs sent by your faculty (CMG applicants only)

If your university is sending a hardcopy of your Medical School Performance Record (MSPR) and transcript to the CaRMS Document Centre, they should arrive by today to guarantee they will be processed into your account before November 18 when programs start reviewing applications.

It is your responsibility to follow university procedures to ensure your medical school transcript and MSPR are sent directly to CaRMS. You can verify whether documents have been received through your Document Tracking section in CaRMS Online.

Note: we will continue to process hardcopy documents that arrive after this date, but, due to the high volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be available in your account before file review begins.

 

30 October 2019 at 17:00 ET

DEADLINE: submission of translation requests

If an applicant would like for their transcript, MSPR or any letters of reference to be translated using our translation service, applicants must make the request through CaRMS Online by today to allow sufficient time for translation before file review begins on November 18. Documents must be available in their CaRMS Online application in order for us to be able to process the translation.

Note: we will continue to process translations that are requested after this date, but, due to the high volume of requests, we cannot guarantee they will be available in the account before file review begins.

 

12 November 2020

Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers (IMG applicants only)

All MCC examinations and documents should be shared in the physiciansapply.ca transfers section of the application on CaRMS Online by today to ensure your examination scores and documents are retrieved from the MCC before file review begins November 18.

Note: we will continue to process transfer requests after this date, but cannot guarantee scores and documents will be available from the MCC before file review, due to the time required for processing.

 

18 November 2020

Milestone: letters of reference sent by mail

If your referees are sending hardcopy reference letters by mail, you should ensure they arrive at CaRMS by today to guarantee they will be processed into your CaRMS Online application before letters of reference are available for programs to review on November 25.

Note: we will continue to process letters that arrive after this date, but, due to the volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be scanned into your application before November 25.

 

18 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: application and document assignments

Applications and all required documents (excluding letters of reference) must be assigned to programs by 12:00 (noon) ET today to be considered as being submitted on time.

All applications and document assignments (excluding letters of reference) completed after today will be time-stamped as late.

Note: some programs will not review late applications or a document that arrives late. We encourage applicants to review program descriptions to ensure programs will review their application if it is submitted after file review has begun.

Staged release of letters of reference: the PGME and UGME Associate Deans of the faculties of medicine of Canada, with CaRMS’ input, have decided to open file review a week earlier than usual to allow more time for programs to review applications. In order to not penalize applicants who have scheduled electives ending in November and are potentially requesting a letter of reference from this elective, letters of reference will not be available for programs to review until the following week. Applicants have until November 25, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET to assign letters of reference to programs.

 

18 November 2020 at 12:05 ET

File review begins

Programs now have access to all submitted applications and documents (excluding letters of reference). They will review applications and communicate with applicants to schedule interviews.

 

25 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET

DEADLINE: assignment of letters of reference

Letters of reference must be assigned to programs by 12:00 (noon) ET today for them to be considered on time.

Letters of reference are now available for programs to review.

Programs do not have access to any letters of reference before today. Any letters of reference assigned after noon (ET) today will be time-stamped as late.

 

16 January 2021 – 7 February 2021

National interview period

Interviews for current-year Canadian medical school graduates from out-of-town universities are conducted during this three-week period.

Interviews for international medical graduates and applicants interviewing at their own schools are coordinated separately with no specific national time period.

 

28 January 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists.

 

18 February 2021 at 15:00 ET

Deadline: rank order lists

Applicants must have their rank order list submitted through CaRMS Online by 15:00 ET. This deadline is firm – no rank order lists can be submitted after this time.

Note: they may modify their submitted list, but must re-submit the list before the deadline.

 

2 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

MATCH DAY

Match results for the first iteration of the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match are available through CaRMS Online.

 

12 May 2021 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

This is the last day to access information in your CaRMS Online account for the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match. You will no longer have access to the information in your application after this date.

5 January 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

CaRMS Online opens

All registered applicants are sent an email with information on how to log into CaRMS Online and start their application.

Applicants who already have a CaRMS Online account can log in using their existing username and password to participate in the match. If they’ve forgotten their username or password, they can click on the Forgot your username or password option on the CaRMS Online login page.

 

11 February 2021

Translation requests

While we will process any translation requests for MSPRs, transcripts and letters of reference during the second iteration, we cannot guarantee that they will be in the applicant’s account and ready to assign to programs by the opening of file review on March 18.

 

2 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Match participation opens for unmatched first iteration applicants

A list of unfilled positions from the first iteration is posted on carms.ca.

Unmatched applicants from the first iteration may log into CaRMS Online and participate in the second iteration.

Note: program selection for the second iteration opens on March 4 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

 

4 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Program selection opens

A list of unfilled positions from the first iteration is posted on CaRMS.ca and applicants may start selecting the programs to which they wish to apply.

Program descriptions for all programs participating in the second iteration are available on carms.ca.

 

4 March 2021

Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers

All MCC examinations and documents should be shared in the physiciansapply.ca transfers section of their application on CaRMS Online by today to ensure an applicant’s examination scores and documents are retrieved from the MCC before file review begins on March 18.

Note: we will continue to process transfer requests after this date, but cannot guarantee scores and documents will be available from the MCC before file review due to the time required for processing.

 

12 March 2021

Milestone: transcripts and MSPRs sent by your faculty

If your university is sending a hardcopy of an applicant’s Medical School Performance Record (MSPR) and transcript to the CaRMS Document Centre, they should arrive by this date to guarantee they will be processed into their account before March 18 when programs start reviewing applications.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow university procedures to ensure their medical school transcript and MSPR are sent directly to CaRMS. Applicant’s can verify whether documents have been received through their Document Tracking section in CaRMS Online.

Note: we will continue to process hardcopy documents that arrive after this date, but, due to the high volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be available in an account before file review begins.

 

12 March 2021

Milestone: letters of reference sent by mail

If an applicant’s referees are sending hardcopy letters of reference by mail, applicants should ensure they arrive at CaRMS by today to guarantee they will be processed into their CaRMS Online application before letters of reference are available for programs to review on March 18.

Note: we will continue to process letters that arrive after this date, but, due to the volume of documents received, we cannot guarantee they will be scanned into an application before March 18.

 

18 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Deadline: application and document assignments

Applications and all required document assignments to programs must be completed by the opening of file review on March 18 at 12:00 (noon) ET to be considered on time.

All applications and document assignments completed after today will be time-stamped as late.

Note: some programs will not review late applications or a document that arrives late. We encourage applicants to review program descriptions to ensure programs will review your application if it is submitted after file review has begun.

 

18 March 2021 at 12:05 ET

File review begins

Programs now have access to all submitted applications and documents. They will review applications and communicate with applicants to schedule interviews.

Note: there is no designated national interview period for the second iteration of the R-1 Main Residency Match.

 

23 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

Ranking period begins

Applicants and programs may begin creating their rank order lists.

 

31 March 2021 at 15:00 ET

Deadline: rank order lists

Applicants must have their rank order list submitted through CaRMS Online by 15:00 ET. This deadline is firm – no rank order lists can be submitted after today.

Note: you may modify your submitted list, but you must re-submit the list before the deadline.

 

13 April 2021 at 12:00 (noon) ET

MATCH DAY

Match results for the second iteration of the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match are available through CaRMS Online.

 

12 May 2021 at 15:00 ET

CaRMS Online access closes

This is the last day to access information in your CaRMS Online account for the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match. You will no longer have access to the information in your application after this date.

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