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Another Successful Year of Resident Matches

Posted on March 15, 2013

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has received notice from the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) that the School has successfully filled all spots in the first year of the Family Medicine
Residents of the Canadian Shield (RoCS) program for the first time since the program began in 2006.

Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery and the newest program, Anesthesiology also filled all their positions in the first round of CaRMS.

Overall, NOSM has filled more than 80% of the positions in its nine residency programs. NOSM offers residency training in nine major general specialties in addition to the Family Medicine program. These include: Public Health and Preventive Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Anesthesiology. The remaining positions will be filled with well qualified applicants in the second round of CaRMS.

“These match results demonstrate that NOSM’s residency programs are attracting the attention of medical students from across the country who see great value in working, living, and learning in Northern Ontario explains Dr. Catherine Cervin, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education. Fully matching the Family Medicine Residents of the Canadian Shield program in the first round of the Canadian Resident Matching Service is an important achievement for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.”

NOSM Medical Students Achieve Successful CaRMS Match

Fourth-year NOSM medical students were also successful this year in matching to residency programs at NOSM and across the country. Nearly 50% of this year’s graduating class has chosen to complete training in residency programs offered by NOSM. Sixty-five percent have matched to family medicine (predominantly rural medicine) residency programs, while others have matched to general specialties, including internal medicine, general surgery, and pediatrics. Six percent of NOSM’s 2013 graduating MDs has been matched to subspecialties, specifically to dermatology and ophthalmology. Ninety-eight percent of this class matched to the programs of their choice in the first round.

“Each year the results of the Canadian Resident Matching Service have shown how our medical students are highly sought after by medical residency programs across the country,” explains Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM’s Dean. “This year we are thrilled to see that our residency programs are also becoming highly sought after by, not only by medical students who have studied with NOSM for four years, but also by medical students from other medical schools across the country.”

Background information about the CaRMS Process:

In the final year of medical school, each student must apply for residency training to become a fully-trained physician. Postgraduate residency programs are offered at all Canadian medical schools in various disciplines (for example, family medicine, anesthesia, dermatology, orthopedic surgery, etcetera) ranging in duration from two to five years, or more. Acceptance to a residency program involves students applying to medical school in a discipline of their choice. Students are then invited to participate in an interview with the school. After the interview process, both the student and the program they have applied to rank each other for preference through CaRMS. CaRMS then matches students, based on rankings, to postgraduate residency programs across Canada. The first round of CaRMS is open to Canadian Medical Graduates with no prior residency training. In addition there are designated positions for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). After the first round – all remaining vacant positions (294 across the country this year) are open to all IMGs and Canadian graduates with prior residency training.