Preliminary data from the introductory use of the CaRMS self-identification questionnaire (CSIQ) in the 2022 R-1 Main Residency Match has been published on

The CSIQ came about as a direct result of the medical education community’s desire to obtain reliable and comprehensive national diversity data to guide decision making. The questionnaire invites applicants to share information about how they identify in several areas, with the goal of gathering data about the composition of the applicant pool.

In the development of the content of the beta version of the CSIQ, CaRMS consulted our clients and the experts at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as a stakeholder working group with representation from the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC), Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec (FMRQ), Postgraduate deans and undergraduate and student affairs leadership, as well as representatives from the Black Medical Students Association of Canada (BMSAC), Indigenous Medical Students Association of Canada (IMSAC), and Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities (CAPD). We continue to solicit and be open to input from the community as we focus on evolving the CSIQ to meet the community’s needs and reflect emerging best practices.

Response rates for this introductory round of CSIQ data collection are not sufficient to draw inferences or conclusions regarding the applicant pool as a whole. This early limited data set is being shared in the interests of transparency and continuous improvement, to inform ongoing conversations about many important aspects of diversity and how best to capture and share accurate, reliable and meaningful information.

CSIQ data from the 2023 R-1 Match will be shared at the CaRMS Forum in Spring 2023.

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