Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Residency Match

Every year, all Canadian medical graduates who wish to pursue post-graduate medical education in Canada apply for offered residency positions through the match process. The Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) administers the match each year through their online application service. For more information on the match process and timeline, please refer to the CFMS Match Book and visit the CaRMS website.

For Students Unmatched After the Second Iteration of the R-1 Match

Results of the second iteration of the match (R-1) are made available at noon EST on April 11th, 2018. If you did not match after the second iteration and are a CFMS member,  please consider the following next steps:

We are working with previously unmatched students to support them in their journey and to develop strategies to support unmatched students. Advocating for more residency positions - a ratio of 1:1.2 students-to-residency spots - is a top priority for the CFMS. Every Canadian medical student deserves a fair and reasonable chance of obtaining a residency position. There are simply not enough residency spots for the number of graduating students of Canadian medical schools, and unmatched students from previous years.

We have been working with faculties, funders, governments, politicians and the military to increase the number of residency spots available and are speaking about the need for progress on this crucial issue in the media on a weekly basis.

If you are an unmatched student, you are not alone. We are here for you and will do whatever we can to support you in your journey.

The CFMS is here to support you. Please feel free to get in touch at any time by emailing [email protected] confidentially

Student Supports and Resources

In February 2018, the CFMS launched an unmatched peer mentorship network. If you are a CFMS member who is unmatched and would like to receive mentorship and peer support from previously unmatched students, please email [email protected] to be connected with a mentor. If you are interested in being included in the network as a peer mentor, please email [email protected]

Match Day can bring complicated emotions and that is normal, regardless of your match status. If you need support, reach out to your loved ones, your student affairs office, or provincial medical association physician support service and know that you are not alone, today or ever. 

For school specific wellness resources, please visit the CFMS wellness page.

The Canadian Medical Association has a wellness resource page with information on helplines offered by provincial physician health programs in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. These helplines are available to medical students.

The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario offers a 24-hour helpline available to residents, their partners and family members, as well as medical students. The toll-free number is 1-866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362) and is accessible anywhere in Ontario, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.