Resident Match 2018

Updated on March 18, 2018

New Graduate and Master Programs at Queen’s University

Queen’s University has introduced new programs available for students from any university who have graduated from medical school but have not yet matched to an accredited residency program through CaRMS, designed to enhance the clinical and research skills of medical graduates to strengthen their application to CaRMS, via:

  • Further clinical skills development in the context of the Canadian healthcare system
  • Exploration of current issues in medical sciences
  • Interpretation of foundational research and its relationship to clinical practice
  • Conducting research responsibly using appropriate guidelines and procedures
  • Applying ethical behaviours consistent with academic integrity and professional standards 

The application deadline for a July 2018 start is April 15th 2018.

The Graduate Program runs from July to December, 2018.
The Professional Master's program is offered over twelve months and also begins in July 2018.  It includes all of the course content of the Graduate Diploma, in addition to an extended graduate clerkship and a research project in medical sciences.  Students in this program may decide to reapply for residency positions or submit applications for one of the many thesis-based Masters or PhD programs offered through the Faculty of Health Sciences.

For more information: 
Queen's University School of Medicine Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences
Information Sheet - Graduate Diploma & Professional Master in Medical Sciences


Residency Transfers - Key Principles

  • Transfers should NOT be used as an approach to subvert the match
  • Depends on funding and capacity and therefore is unpredictable
  • Success rate is low
  • May only be considered for a transfer after at least 6 months in PGY1
  • First point of contact is the PGME office at the home university to be added to the transfer list
  • Local, Provincial and National Guidelines exist (see below):
  1. University of Toronto PGME Transfer Guidelines
  2. Principles for Transfers in Ontario Residency Programs
  3. National Transfer Guidelines

These can also be accessed on the University of Toronto Post MD website

2nd Iteration Interviews

As per CaRMS:

  • Interview offers go out and can start as early as Thursday March 8, 2018
  • Interviews can continue until ROL submission deadline, Wednesday March 28, 2018 at 15:00 ET
  • Interviews are most often not in person
  • A program may not even interview for 2nd iteration but still rank the candidate

Interview Coaching and Mock Interviews

OHPSA is available to assist you with your interviews. If you would like to participate, kindly:

  • Arrange for a one-hour interview coaching session for either March 8, 9, 10, or 12, 2018 by email
  • At your coaching session, please let the counsellor know if you would like to book a mock interview, and for which specialty. You will then be notified of the details for your mock interview(s)
  • Please check out the interviewing toolkit prior to coming to your coaching session

Transcripts and MSPR uploaded for the first iteration will be re-used for the second iteration.  NO new documents will be sent. If you want to draw attention to any additional information, please do so via your CV, Personal Statements, or references

Your MSPR cannot be changed

MEC (Extended Clerkship Program)

  • You CAN register for MEC even if you chose not to participate in the 2nd iteration of CaRMS.
  • You cannot participate in MEC if you have graduated 
  • You can register for MEC at any time now, but you will likely be focusing on your 2nd iteration submission first
  • MEC registration deadline for academic year 2018-19 is Friday May 11, 2018
  • If you register for MEC now, but then you do match, your MEC tuition will be reimbursed



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