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Transfers of Residency Programs

There may be times in a resident’s education where they wish to transfer to another institution or internally to another program due to changes in professional interest or personal circumstances.

The following documents outline the principles and process for Transfers of Residency Programs within NOSM, provincially and nationally.

The above documents outline how resident transfers are handled consistently nationally and within NOSM, and the procedures for residents who wish to submit a transfer request. It is very important to register your intent to transfer with the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office and let us help you in this process. Postgraduate medical education offices across the country mandate that communication happen among our offices versus directly with individual programs.

Transfers are always subject to a file review and interview process, available clinical capacity, and open funding. Other constraints may limit the availability of program transfers. Information on the desire to transfer is held in confidence by the PGME Office until such time as a transfer appears likely to be accepted and a release must be sought from a resident’s current program.

In addition to the National Spring Transfer Period, the NOSM PGME Office facilitates an Internal Fall Transfer process for NOSM residents interested in and eligible for a transfer between NOSM residency programs.


National Spring Transfer Period

In December of each year, the PGME Office informs NOSM residents via The ‘Script e-newsletter of the opportunity to participate in the National Transfer Process and advising them of the principles and procedures for NOSM residents.

Annual Request Deadline: January 31st

Requests and questions related to the National Spring Transfer Period can be submitted confidentially to


Internal Fall Transfer Process

Eligible NOSM residents wishing to request an internal transfer should submit their name and their desired program to the PGME Office via The PGME office will hold the request in confidence and will work with desired programs to determine training capacity within the program. Residents are encouraged to review the following documents which include an overview of the process, eligibility, principles and general timelines of the Internal Fall Transfer Process and observe the key deadlines outlined below.

NOSM Internal Fall Transfer Process

NOSM Internal Fall Transfer Timelines at-a-glance


Key Deadlines for Residents

Deadline for submitting request for Internal Fall Transfer Process: October 1st, 2020 

Deadline for resident submission of application and document package to : October 9th, 2020 


Questions about transfers? Please contact the PGME Office at