Application to Program

Each year, the UBC General Surgery Residency Training Program selects their incoming residents through the aid of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).  After you have submitted your application to the Canadian Resident Matching Service, we conduct our interviews in late January and announce the successful candidates in early March.

From the CaRMs website:

The CaRMS Match is run in two iterations. To be eligible for participation in the first iteration, you must be either a medical student or graduate having obtained or obtaining a medical degree by July 1 of the match year from:

  • a Liaison Committee on Medical Education / Committee on Accreditation on Canadian Medical Schools (LCME/CACMS) accredited school
  • a school of osteopathic medicine
  • an international medical school listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)

To see if your school is on the FAIMER list, click the following link: http://imed.ecfmg.org/

Only applicants with no previous postgraduate training are eligible to attain a position through CaRMS in the first iteration. Applicants with any prior postgraduate training in Canada or United States are eligible to apply in certain provinces in the second iteration only. For more information, click the following link: http://www.carms.ca/eng/r1_eligibility_prov_e.shtml

Applicants who are attending or have graduated from a school of Osteopathic medicine or who are attending or have graduated from a school listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) must also have:

1. written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE); OR

2. be scheduled to write the September OR November*, MCCEE.**

* CaRMS does not guarantee that the results for the November MCCEE will be available before the end of the first iteration. If the results are not available by the end of the first iteration rank order list period, the applicant will be withdrawn from the first iteration.

** Important Notes for the Match:

1. Applicants who write the November MCCEE will not have their exam score available as part of the CaRMS application until AFTER first iteration file review opens, as the results will not be available until late December.

2. In order to qualify for the first iteration of the match, applicants will need to have written the MCCEE in the year prior or even before. Applicants scheduled for the January MCCEE are NOT eligible for the first iteration, but will be able to register for the second iteration of the match.

DISCLAIMER: the above-mentioned criteria are the basic requirements to allow you to participate in the CaRMS match and are not necessarily the only criteria to apply for positions within the different provinces.

Note that almost all jurisdictions require that applicants applying to provincial Ministries of Health funded positions are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Ensure you have read the information provided under Provincial Criteria to meet all necessary requirements when applying for the programs of your choice.

For comprehensive information on the application process, please visit the CaRMS website.