Unmatched After Closure of CaRMS

Options for Learners who are unmatched after the second iteration of CaRMS

Med8999: Advanced Career Planning

  • This course is offered to eligible learners after completion of the MD Program and allows participation in clinical electives and a career advising curriculum with the intent of helping unmatched learners explore alternate career paths as a means of improving the likelihood of success in the subsequent CaRMS match.

Other options after remaining unmatched:

Some learners are able to secure research jobs/fellowships or enroll in graduate studies related to their area of clinical interest and pursue academic activities as a means of increasing their competitiveness in the subsequent match. 

The College of Physicians and Surgeons prohibits any clinical shadowing or elective experiences for medical graduates not enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine. 

New Graduate and Master Programs at Queen’s University

Queen’s University has introduced new programs available for learners from any university who have graduated from medical school but have not yet matched to an accredited residency program through CaRMS, designed to enhance the clinical and research skills of medical graduates to strengthen their application to CaRMS, via:

  • Further clinical skills development in the context of the Canadian healthcare system
  • Exploration of current issues in medical sciences
  • Interpretation of foundational research and its relationship to clinical practice
  • Conducting research responsibly using appropriate guidelines and procedures
  • Applying ethical behaviours consistent with academic integrity and professional standards 

The application deadline for a January 2021 start is October 15, 2020. The Graduate Program runs from January to June.

The Professional Master's program is offered over twelve months and also begins in July 2018.  It includes all of the course content of the Graduate Diploma, in addition to an extended graduate clerkship and a research project in medical sciences.  Learners in this program may decide to reapply for residency positions or submit applications for one of the many thesis-based Masters or PhD programs offered through the Faculty of Health Sciences.

For more information: 
Queen's University School of Medicine Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences
Information Sheet - Graduate Diploma & Professional Master in Medical Sciences
Canadian Armed Forces Medical Officer Training Program for Unmatched Learners 

Depending on availability, there may be residency training positions for unmatched learners offered by the CAF.
Learners should refer to the CAF website for up to date information.