For important, real-time information on everything related to the 2018 -19 Residency Match (CaRMS) process.
The CaRMS online application system opens on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 12:00 (noon) ET. You will receive an email informing you how to log in and start your application.
OHPSA Support for Phase 1
You will be able to access our online appointment scheduling system called Veribook, to schedule an appointment with OHPSA staff for CV and personal statement reviews. An email will be sent to you from OHPSA with instructions on how to book your appointment. Through Veribook, you will be able to choose the appointment date, time and location that best suits your schedule. We offer daytime and evening appointments at St. George or UTM, and can meet with you in person, via phone/Skype, or online reviews.
To help us manage our high volume of requests for CaRMS draft CV and Personal Statement reviews and assistance, please do the following:
- Review the CV and Personal Statement Guidelines and Checklists in the CaRMS Application & Interview Guide.
- Write your draft CV and Personal Statement according to the guidelines before requesting feedback. Please do not bring/send us all different versions of Personal Statements – select short e.g. 500 word and long version e.g. 1500 words for review. We will review up to a maximum of 2 statements per appointment.
Document Review by Physician
If you have had your personal statements reviewed by an OHPSA career counsellor but not yet by a mentor or trusted faculty physician, and would like to do so, please complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HF36QLB.
After the CaRMS application deadline (November 20, 2018), you will have the opportunity to work with OHPSA staff for interview coaching to prepare you for practice interviews, which will follow. Further details regarding this and additional phases will be sent to you in the future.
The CaRMS Application & Interview Guide also provides additional information for the CaRMS process including relevant timelines, the Reference Letter Toolkit and strategies for interview preparation.
MatchTip #1 - Did you know that you can get your original documents (i.e. passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card) notarized at no cost from Enrolment Services in MSB 2124 between the hours of 9:00-4:00pm when you bring in the original documents. Before you do that though, be sure to check the CaRMS website for specific requirements since some provinces have different criteria. MAM students who can’t make it to St. George campus can bring your ID to UTM in the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (TDHSC) and have one of the staff make copies to send to St. George. Once the notarizing is completed, the documents will be sent back via campus mail and you will be notified by email when it’s available for pickup.
MatchTip#3 - Increasingly some programs are asking for CASPer test as part of the application process. Want to know more?
Review program descriptions to confirm if a program requires the CASPer or not.
MatchTip #4 - Stay on Track - Continue to prepare and refine your CaRMS documents. Need help? Get your documents reviewed by mentors, faculty, academy directors and OHPSA staff. Use the tips and checklists in the CaRMS Application & Interview Guide to self-evaluate your documents.
MatchTip #5 - Busy with Electives but also want to get that personal statement done? Why not take advantage of OHPSA’s Online/Digital Review option for your CaRMS documents. To book your digital review, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Consult the OHPSA CaRSM Application and Interview Guide.
1. How would a (personal) LOA look on my application to CaRMS? Does it state it as an LOA or just the start and end date of the program?
Once you have matched and are applying to a College for an educational license, you will need to report your LOA and the Registrar will write a letter of support, which will give the dates of the LOA and report any professionalism issues or changes in good standing during your program. Please note that an LOA does not change a good standing in the program. The counsellors in OHPSA can help you in preparing your letter.
This type of LOA has not shown any correlation to match rates.
2. The CaRMS website states that if interviewing at your home school, dates listed on the website are not applicable, and that this is done separately with your university. So, if I am applying to my home school, when can I expect to interview (if offered), and do we get notified if being invited for interviews or not?
Some programs interview applicants from their home university outside of the dates listed on the website. This does not occur for all programs so it should not be assumed by the applicant that all programs they are applying to at their home university will interview outside of the dates posted. The programs who do this may indicate this in their program descriptions.
Not all programs notify candidates if they are not offered an interview. Programs often provide this information in their CaRMS descriptions, as to whether or not they will notify all applicants, or only those invited for an interview.
3. What is the difference between my transcript, the MSPR and the Dean’s letter?
U of T MD Transcript
Enrolment Services will download the U of T MD transcript from MedSIS and send it on your behalf. It is recognized by program directors across Canada. If a program requires that you must also submit a transcript from your undergraduate program you will be required to order it from that institution and upload it under extra documents. If you did your undergraduate degree here at U of T, you will need to order your consolidated transcript. The purpose of the U of T ROSI transcript is to see your undergraduate and/or graduate program in one official document. For any inquiries re: transcripts and MSPR’s, please connect with the Registrar’s Office.
Medical School Performance Record (MSPR)
On page one of the MSPR, your clinical evaluations from your third year rotations will be mapped. The three one-week courses, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Dermatology are not mapped due to their short duration. A notation about this is included on the MSPR Disclosure Form, which will be attached to your MSPR. On page two of the MSPR you will see how we have documented Professionalism. U of T does not provide narrative comments for the purpose of CaRMS. The comments on your evaluations are intended as feedback to you and are not for the purpose of a recommendation. However these comments may assist you in some of your choices for letters of reference.
The MSPR replaces the Dean's Letter for the purposes of CaRMS. A Dean's Letter is still required for residency applications to the US.
For examples, please visit the OHPSA page on Elentra.