Schulich Medicine CaRMS match results signify strong sense of social accountability by students

On March 1, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results as the first iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process became available.

The residency match results at Schulich Medicine demonstrate that students have a strong understanding of their social accountability as evidenced by the residency programs they chose and where they planned to complete their residency.

More than 40 per cent from the first iteration of Schulich Medicine graduates are staying at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and in Southwestern Ontario, and 75 per cent have chosen to stay in Ontario for their residency. Forty-eight per cent of iteration 1 students chose Family Medicine as their residency program of choice. After Family Medicine, the most popular specialties were general entry programs including internal medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine, general surgery and psychiatry.

The School was very pleased to learn that every student who was unmatched in 2017, and who undertook an additional year of training at Schulich Medicine, matched in the first iteration of 2018.

Some students were not successful in the first iteration. The School is extending full support to each of these students for career success in the second iteration of the residency match. The School is working very closely with each of these students on an individual basis.

“CaRMS is an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful and anxious transition,” said Dr. Terri Paul, Associate Dean, Learner Equity & Wellness. “For those students entering the second iteration of the match, we have a collaborative plan in place with the Undergraduate Medical Education Office to offer support and guidance and we will be working closely with each of the students throughout the process.”

After reviewing the results, Dr. Gary Tithecott, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, offered his congratulations to those students who were successful in the first iteration and reinforced the School’s commitment to work closely with those students who will now proceed with the second iteration.

“We’re proud of the accomplishments of all our students and committed to supporting each of them through the second iteration and into their transition to residency,” he said.

Schulich Medicine postgraduate medical education programs were very successful through this first iteration, filling most of their residency positions.

“We’re very pleased that Schulich Medicine filled 92 per cent of its residency positions in the first iteration of this year’s CaRMS match,” said Dr. Chris Watling, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. “We recognize, however, that the match is a two-phase process, and we are confident that those programs with open positions will fill them with excellent candidates in the second iteration.”

The second iteration of the residency match will be announced in April.