What is changing?
The most notable change in the revised policy is that, as of October 4, 2021, CaRMS will no longer provide applicants with access to information or documents that are collected from or provided by third parties. This includes reference materials and other third-party assessment information that applicants are unable to view directly through the online application platform.
Why is this changing?
We have heard concerns from our stakeholders that the value of reference materials in the match could be undermined if they can be accessed by applicants. Reference materials are viewed by many faculties as integral evaluative tools, an important part of the applicant assessment process. A large part of the utility of reference materials is predicated upon the confidential nature of their contents, which encourages honest expression of opinion and experience. Maintaining the confidentiality of reference materials and other third-party assessment information better enables them to perform their intended purpose as candid and objective evaluation tools, keeping the match safe and fair for everyone.
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