CaRMS Match results

On February 26, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results as the first iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process became available.

Of the 174 Schulich Medicine students who entered the first iteration of the match, 166 matched, including all fifth year students. Overall the School’s match rate was 95.5 per cent, which is slightly higher than the national average.

Thirty-three per cent of Schulich Medicine students will remain at Western University for postgraduate training, while 71 per cent are remaining in Ontario. As in past years, the largest number of Schulich Medicine students (42 per cent or 73 students) matched to Family Medicine. This was followed by Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and General Surgery.

“It’s gratifying that students are choosing specialties of societal need, and that so many are electing to stay in the region,” said Dr. Gary Tithecott, associate dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.

In speaking about the match process, Dr. Tithecott shared his thanks to the department mentors who, this year, worked as coaches supporting students through their preparation for the first iteration of the match.

“This past year, we introduced a new process aligned with the match,” he said. “This included more than 30 faculty members from across both campuses, working directly with students, reviewing their application documents and preparing them for interviews. We believe this may have contributed in part to outcomes this year.”

The Undergraduate Medical Education Program will work closely with the Learner Equity & Wellness Office and provide dedicated resources to support students who will be moving forward with the second iteration of the match, or with an additional year of learning if needed.

Schulich Medicine postgraduate positions were also very successful with more than 95 per cent of the positions matched.

“We are delighted with the success of our programs in filling their positions,” said Dr. Chris Watling, associate dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. “We're also optimistic about filling our remaining positions in the second iteration of the match in early April. I want to thank all the School’s programs for the huge effort they have put forth to select candidates in the CaRMS match this year. We are excited to welcome our new residents in July.”

The second iteration of the residency match will be announced on April10.