After graduating from the MD Program, our new alumni embark on the residency stage of their medical career. In the fourth year of medical school, our students apply to residencies in the area of medicine that they have demonstrated an interest in. Shortly following graduation, our alumni are working as residents in many different geographic locations.
If you are in the beginning stages of your path to becoming a physician, we recommend you also view our Career Planning page, for a complete breakdown of the steps required to become a physician in Canada.
The Faculty of Medicine is committed to supporting our students achieve their career goals while in, and after graduating from the MD Program.
OHPSA works with medical students to help them attain their full potential in academic achievement, professional growth, and personal development.
OHPSA offers services to support your career goals that include, but are not limited to:
- Career counselling
- Career exploration
- Personal counselling & student wellness
- Academic coaching & PREP
Applying for residency in Canada
Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
All medical students who wish to practise as a physician in Canada will go through the CaRMS application process to match with a residency program. Many students will meet with a career counsellor at OHPSA in their foundations years, up until clerkship to ensure that they are on the right path to meet their individual goals.
Once in a residency program, some students may choose to apply for a Medical Subspecialty Match to further their medical training.
Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE)
The MCCQE is a required examination for all medical students to take in order to practise as a physician in Canada.
Applying for residency in the United States
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Graduates from Canadian medical schools may choose to complete their residency in the United States. These students are able to apply through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) ERAS.
CaRMS acts as the Dean's office for graduates of Canadian medical schools, so applicants to American residencies would register for ERAS through CaRMS.
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
If you wish to complete a residency in the US, you must pass the USMLE.
Practising as a physician outside of Canada/USA
We recommend getting in touch with medical schools in the country in which you are interested in practising to determine what their policies are for physicians educated in Canada.