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Matching you to a residency position

Admission to residency training at Dalhousie Medical School is conducted through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). CaRMS is a national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization that provides a fair and transparent application and matching service for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.

The first iteration of CaRMS

The first iteration of the CaRMS match is open to:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents of Canada

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can apply to the first iteration of CaRMS through one of two parallel streams:

  • one stream for graduates of Canadian or American medical schools whose undergraduate program is accredited by the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and who haven't had previous post-MD/clinical training
  • one stream for graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools (formerly know as international medical graduates) who haven't had previous Canadian post-MD/clinical training

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who have previous postgraduate training in either Canada or the United States (and creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification) aren't eligible to participate in the first iteration for Dalhousie residency positions.

Additional information for graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools applying to first iteration:

There will be a selection of positions that are annually made available exclusively to graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools in the first iteration of the CaRMS match. Individuals matching to these positions are required to sign a return of service (ROS) contract with the sponsoring provincial Department of Health. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island all sponsor such positions in the match, though the numbers sponsored vary from year to year.

With the exception of South West Nova, there is usually one position for graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools in each of the following family medicine training sites:

  • Annapolis Valley, Halifax and Sydney (Nova Scotia)
  • Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton (New Brunswick)
  • Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

One of these residency positions will have a ROS commitment to New Brunswick, one will have a ROS commitment to Prince Edward Island, and the remainder will have ROS commitments to Nova Scotia.

Please visit the CaRMS website for up-to-date information.

The second iteration of CaRMS

All unfilled first iteration positions are committed to the second iteration of the CaRMS match. This round is open to graduates of Canadian medical schools and graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who fulfill the eligibility criteria.

Applicants in the second iteration who are matched to unfilled positions from the first iteration that were dedicated for graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools will be required to sign a return of service contract. This will be with the Department of Health for the province of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island in the program to which they have been matched. 

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who match to non-dedicated unfilled positions in the second round are not required to sign a return of service contract.