Canadian Medical Residency

Canadians who have trained in medical schools outside Canada and the US can compete for and obtain medical residency positions in Canada. Medical residency positions are very limited, so use our resources for the best chance at success.

The Path to Residency

In Canada, candidates for clinical residency are matched to universities through an electronic service called CaRMS (the Canadian Resident Matching Service). To access the match and be successfully selected for a medical residency position, you need to establish eligibility at several points and demonstrate clinical expertise.

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Get Clinical Experience in Canada

For CaRMS to match you to a residency at UBC, you’ll need to demonstrate clinical experience.

With so few medical residency positions available, candidates may increase the chance of a successful match by participating in the Clinical Assessment Program to demonstrate Canadian clinical experience.

Clinical Assessment Program

Use every opportunity to make yourself an excellent candidate for a medical residency position. Our Clinical Assessment Program is an 8-week evaluation that will help you demonstrate Canadian clinical experience.

  • Week 1 hospital orientation
  • 4 weeks family practice experience
  • 2 weeks emergency medicine experience
  • 2 weeks geriatric medicine experience

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Clinical Electives

Medical students in their final year at an eligible international medical school may complete a UBC clinical elective for this clinical experience.

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