News: Schulich Medicine students signal strong sense of social responsibility with CaRMS match results

The first iteration of the 2020 Canadian Resident Matching Services (CaRMS) residency match was released on March 3.

Of the 172 Schulich Medicine students who entered the first iteration of the CaRMS match,164 matched. The School’s overall match rate for the first iteration was 95.4 per cent, which is slightly higher than the national average.

As in past years, a majority of the School’s students matched to Family Medicine. In total, 80 students or 49 per cent of students matched to the program – an increase of seven per cent from 2019. Twenty-six of those students will be staying at Schulich Medicine for their Family Medicine residency training. Internal Medicine and Paediatrics were also popular general entry residency programs for students. For the first time in a number of years, three students matched to Public Health and Preventative Medicine.

Dr. Gary Tithecott, Associate Dean, shared his congratulations on the achievements of all the students, noting that in the first iteration students matched to a wide variety of programs across the country and did so while considering the social accountability vision of the School and the profession.

“We are excited to share the Medicine Class of 2020 match results from the first iteration and see the diversity of future training our students will be undertaking,” he said. “It’s very gratifying to see so many students pursuing specialties where there is a need across the country.”

The results released on March 3 tell only part of the story, as the second iteration of the match will be announced on April 15.

“Our Undergraduate Medical Education and Learning Equity and Wellness Offices will be working closely with those students who remain in the match,” said Dr. Robert Stein, Assistant Dean, Learner Equity and Wellness. “We will provide dedicated resources and support to these students as we look forward to the second iteration.”

Schulich Medicine postgraduate programs were also very successful with most positions being matched.