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Canadian Medical Graduates

What is CaRMS?

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) was created in 1969 to provide a centralized application process for medical residency training in Canada. It is a national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization built to ensure a fair and transparent application and matching process. Visit the CaRMS website

Am I eligible to apply to the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto?

We have many different applicants to our program. All applicants for the R-1 Main Residency Match must meet the listed eligibility criteria. Additionally, applicants to the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto must meet the Ontario provincial eligibility criteria for the R-1 Main Residency Match.

What are the important dates and deadlines for my application?

CaRMS provides a timeline of milestones which are suggested dates to help applicants stay on track with their application process. The only firm deadline for applicants is the applicant rank order list deadline -February 16th, 2017 (at 15:00 ET).

Listed below are the CMG Admission Interview and Information Sessions for 2017

Weekday Date Time Stream
Wednesday January 18
January 18
5:15pm-7:30pm
6:45pm-9:00pm
 
Saturday January 21
January 21
8:15am-10:30am
9:45am-12:00pm
 
Saturday January 21
January 21
12:15pm-2:30pm
1:45pm-4:00pm
 
Tuesday January 24
January 24
5:15pm-7:30pm
6:45pm-9:00pm
 
Thursday January 26
January 26
5:15pm-7:30pm
6:45pm-9:00pm
 
Saturday January 28
January 28
8:15am-10:30am
9:45am-12:00pm

Rural, Barrie or Newmarket Stream Session

Saturday January 28
January 28
12:15pm-2:30pm
1:45pm-4:00pm
Rural, Barrie or Newmarket Stream Session
Monday January 30 5:15pm-7:30pm
6:45pm-9:00pm
 

Where can I learn more about applying to the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto?

CaRMS Program Descriptions

The Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto

Frequently Asked Questions (Interview and Information Session)

Click the heading above to find more questions about the interview process and information sessions.

Questions?

Feel free to contact us:

Dr. Vanessa Rambihar, Associate Program Director Admissions, Awards and Recruitment

Dr. Stuart Murdoch, Director, Postgraduate Education

International Medical Graduates

Graduate of an international medical school holding Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent residency status.

*Please note that the IMG group includes graduates from American schools of Osteopathic Medicine.

Admissions Requirements

The six Ontario Family Medicine Residency programs jointly run the IMG admissions process via the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS)
Please review the CaRMS Program Description  for details on admissions requirements.

Admissions Process

CaRMS Match Timelines: Please review the CaRMS Match Timelines.

Site Assignment:  Once matched to the Family Medicine Program at the University of Toronto, IMGs are divided into two cohorts designated Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 commencing their pre-residency training in March/April and July/August respectively. These cohorts are assigned taking into consideration multiple factors including participant preference, teaching site capacity, date of graduation and thus ability to start residency. Once assigned to a cohort accepted IMGs will have the opportunity to rank their teaching site preferences from a select list of hospital teaching sites. The list of sites is subject to availability and capacity for each cohort and each year and varies accordingly. Cohort preferences cannot be guaranteed. 

There are 12 teaching in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA stream) and 2 sites in the Barrie or Newmarket Stream as detailed below.

GTA Stream

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • St. Michael's
  • Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
  • St. Joseph's Health Centre
  • The Scarborough Hospital
  • Toronto East Health Network
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital and Mississauga Hospital)

Barrie or Newmarket Stream

  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre

Requirements: Access to a car and ability to drive may be required upon admissions.

For more details on each teaching site, click here.

Preparation for Residency

All IMGs entering Family Medicine Programs in Ontario are required to complete a pre-residency training program as a transition to family medicine in a Canadian context.

Pre-Residency Program: The Pre-Residency Program helps to prepare International Medical Graduates for a successful evaluation in the mandatory Assessment Verification Period (AVP), a probationary period of 12 weeks required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario prior to obtaining a postgraduate license to practice medicine in Canada. The Pre-Residency Program is divided into two phases:

Pre-Residency Program Phase 1 (PRP1) is organized centrally by Touchstone Institute for all International Medical Graduates commencing Family Medicine Residency Programs in Ontario.

Pre-Residency Program Phase 2 (PRP2) is organized locally for IMGs commencing family medicine at the University of Toronto,  by individual teaching sites, with the goal of addressing identified needs of IMGs prior to residency.  During this period, participants attend the Academic Half Day at their teaching site and a central half day (Tuesday afternoons) at the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Level of Responsibility: Participants in PRP are considered to be at the level of a clinical clerk of fourth-year medical student until the completion of this period, and should thus have expectations and responsibilities offered appropriate to this level.

Assessment Verification Period

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) requires all International Medical Students to successfully complete the 12-week Assessment Verification Process (AVP) in order to receive a postgraduate educational license to commence residency training.

Curriculum

Visit Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto for further details.

Sponsored Visa Trainees (SVT)

A graduate of an international medical school, who are visa holders sponsored by their home countries for postgraduate residency training in Canada. They are expected to return to their country of origin after completion of their training to share their experience and education with their communities.

Admissions Requirements

Applications from internationally sponsored physicians must be sent directly to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME)  from the sponsoring agency. Complete applications are submitted through the Sponsored Trainee Application Registry (STAR). 

The application package must include the following items:

  1. A letter from the sponsoring agency which confirms full financial support for the duration of the residency training program.
  2. Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) result.
  3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae which includes the applicant’s date of birth, citizenship and e-mail address.
  4. A copy of the medical degree (with English translation, where applicable).
  5. A copy of the medical school transcript (with English translation, where applicable).
  6. Three letters of reference on letterhead, signed and dated within two years of the date of application.
  7.  A brief personal letter from the applicant which explains their interest in the University of Toronto residency program of choice.
  8.  (Preferred but not Required) National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE Examination Results (Score >75).

Please view the most up to date PGME admission requirements.

Additional Family Medicine Program Requirements

The following items are not considered mandatory for admission but are highly recommended to supplement your application.

Language Proficiency

Acceptable English Language Proficiency Tests

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a University outside Canada, then you must demonstrate your proficiency in English using one of the following methods. If this requirement is not met at the time you submit your application it will be required as one of the conditions if you are made an offer of admission.

The tests accepted by the Department for Sponsored Visa Trainees are:

1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge, U.K.
CB12EU
Web: ielts.org (applicants may also contact their nearest British Council Office)
Minimum required score: 6.0 (Academic test format) with at least 5.5 in each module

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment.

2. Academic Preparation Course

International ESL Program
School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street, Suite 4-106
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1V5
Web: learn.utoronto.ca/esl
Minimum required score: a final grade of B in Level 60

The English Language Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, offers a 12-week intensive Academic English Course (Code 0510)for individuals preparing for degree studies at the graduate level.

The Academic English Course is a certified, full-time intensive program focusing on the development of strategies for academic writing, reading, speaking and listening. Learning involves strategies for writing accurate, organized and well-developed reports, responses and essays. Students’ reading comprehension, oral communication skills, listening facility and note-taking skills are developed to be commensurate with the academic standards for which the University of Toronto is known.

3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service
P. O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey
U.S.A., 08541-6151
Web: toefl.org
Minimum required score: IBT format minimum overall score 87 and Writing/Speaking 20

4. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

English Language Institute (ELI)
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
U.S.A., 48109-1057
Web: cambridgemichigan.org/melab
Required score: 85

5. The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

COPE Testing Limited
7B Pleasant Boulevard
P.O. Box 1164
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1K2
Web: copetest.com
Required score: 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)

6. FAIMER Language Option

If the instruction and the language of patient care at the undergraduate medical school was conducted completely in English, then a candidate can submit to the program a copy or printout of the FAIMER website listing the medical school which clearly states that the language of instruction is English

Examinations

National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE results are preferred for an interview but are not currently required. Score of >75..

A minimum score of >350 on the MCCEE is recommended.

Admissions Process

Proposed Timeline*:

  • Application Deadline: July 10th of each year
  • Interview invitations: Mid-August
  • In-person interviews: Late September
  • Offers/declines: Mid-October
  • Pre-Residency Program Phase One: Touchstone Institute: Late March/ April
  • Pre-Entry Assessment Period (8-12 weeks): May/June
  • PGY1 start date: July 1st

*subject to change

Program Details

Accepted Sponsored Visa Trainees will be assigned to one of the 12 hospital based teaching units in Mississauga, Toronto, North York, Scarborough and Markham as part of the GTA Stream of the Residency Program. Since available teaching sites are subject to program capacity, preferences cannot be guaranteed, it is recommended that residential accommodations are not secured until after receiving teaching site assignments. Access to a car and/or ability to drive or be driven are thus required on admission:

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • North York General Hospital
  • St Joseph's Health Centre
  • St Michael's
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Scarborough Hospital
  • Toronto East Health Network
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners: Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital

For more details on each teaching site, click here.

Transition to Residency Requirements

Sponsored Visa Trainees are required to participate in the following which have been developed to address their academic and clinical needs during their transition to residency in a Canadian context:

  • Canadian Medicine Primer: 2-3 day curriculum offered by Touchstone Institute specifically for sponsored visa trainees starting residency in Canada.
  • Pre-Residency Program Phase One: Approximately 4-6 weeks curriculum offered through Touchstone Institute for all graduates of Internal Medical Schools prior to residency training in Canada.
  • Pre-Entry Assessment Period (PEAP; 8-12  weeks): mandatory evaluation period designated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) conducted at assigned hospital teaching sites. 
  • Pre-Residency Program Phase Two Sessions: centrally located interactive workshops on topics relevant to graduates of Internal Medical Schools, attended during PEAP along with other International Medical Graduates during their PRP2
  • Sponsored Trainee Enrichment Program (STEP): Transition to Residency in Canada/Enrichment Training for Sponsored Visa Trainees: 5 centrally located workshops tailored to Sponsored Visa Trainees during PEAP, developed to ensure successful evaluation.

Pre-Entry Assessment Period (PEAP)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (CPSO) has mandated that all Sponsored Visa Trainees must successfully complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) in advance of commencing residency in Ontario. The PEAP is a four to twelve week assessment period that involves a practical assessment of skills and level of function in a clinical setting. At U of T, we have recommended a minimum 7-10 week PEAP with the possibility of extending the period if required, i.e., a trainee in difficulty.

In order to proceed to residency training, by the end of the PEAP, sponsored visa trainees must successfully meet the expectations of a resident beginning their postgraduate residency training. The CPSO will issue an educational license to the Sponsored Visa Trainee upon successful completion of PEAP, and training will begin at the Postgraduate Year 1 level (PGY1) for three years in family medicine at the University of Toronto.

* Please Note: Sponsored Visa Trainees who fail the PEAP,  cannot proceed to residency in this discipline in any Ontario residency program.

Sponsored Visa Trainee Curriculum Overview    

  • 36-month comprehensive competency based curriculum based on the CanMeds-FM framework and roles
    • Initial two years are similar the current Family Medicine Program individualized to each teaching site
    • The third year of training will be individualized based on the needs of the sponsoring country, the specific resident, and in consultation with the Site and Postgraduate Program Directors
  • A minimum of four months of family medicine training in each year of training including two months of community experience through Teaching Practices (rural FM experience) in year 3
  • Protected Academic Half Days delivered at each site with quarterly central Core Days
  • Practice Management Curriculum
  • Quality Improvement Curriculum and project development
  • Research/Academic Project Required in the third year
  • Leadership Program in PGY3 year
  • Highly rated optional and additional courses: Teaching Residents to Teach, Counselling Skills Education Program, Procedural Skills (delivered locally at sites)

Visit Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto for more details.

Residents Transferring to Family Medicine

Transfer Requirements

Residents seeking transfer into family medicine from another residency program at the University of Toronto must register with the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medicine Education Office (PGME). For details on the transfer requirements please visit the University of Toronto PGME office and review the transfer policy guidelines here.

Transfer Process

Timeline: The timeline for the transfer process is determined by the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) office at the University of Toronto. Please click here to view the transfer process timelines.

Documentation Required:

  1. A Letter of intent (maximum 500 words)
  2. An up-to-date CV
  3. A copy of your medical degree
  4. All your in-training evaluations
  5. Medical school transcript
  6. Two Letters of Reference

Site assignments: Accepted transfer residents will be assigned to one of the 12 teaching sites in Mississauga, Toronto, North York, Scarborough and Markham in the GTA stream of the Residency Program depending on capacity at each site and availability at the time of the application. Please see a list of teaching sites below, or visit Program Streams and Teaching Sites for specific details.

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • North York General Hospital
  • St Joseph's Health Centre
  • St Michael's
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Scarborough Hospital
  • Toronto East Health Network
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners: Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital

Access to a car and ability to drive may be required for admissions.    

Transfer Credits: Transfer residents may be eligible to apply for credit for previous training experiences through the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Transfer residents can apply for up to 6 months of credit at the discretion of the site director and postgraduate program director.  Please click here to see more details on the credits process through the CFPC.

Before residents can apply for CFPC transfer credits they will have to complete 4-5 months of the program to allow for a fair evaluation by the site director. Once a decision has been made by the site director and postgraduate program director, application to the CFPC for transfer credits will begin which normally takes place in October/November. For further questions on the transfer process please contact Lela Sarjoo.

Curriculum

To learn more about residency in family medicine at the University of Toronto please click here.

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