Call for Papers


Call for Papers

Special Issue on Residency Career Choices, Selection, and Matching

What are the benefits and challenges with how we help students choose residency programs? What are the issues in how we select for postgraduate training in Canada? What might be some of the features of an admissions and selection system of the future? The CMEJ is inviting papers for a special issue, “Residency Career Choices, Selection, and Matching”.

We invite papers of a variety of formats and lengths that engage with questions and perspectives related to residency career choices, selection, and the matching process for an upcoming peer reviewed special issue of CMEJ. We invite authors to consider practical and/or theoretical, methodological, historical, and empirical papers specific to residency selection, career planning for medical students, transition to residency, the role of electives in career planning including shadowing, and of course, the matching process through matching services (in Canada, that would be CaRMS). We hope to publish this special issue in early 2020.

We are interested in papers that highlight challenges, insights, and policy suggestions around residency selection and matching that might apply in multiple contexts but also in the specific context of Canada. We are happy to work with junior authors especially students and residents.

Please submit your manuscript for review by October 31, 2019 or as soon after that as possible: We will consider submissions we receive after the October 31th deadline but we will give priority to and process submissions in the order in which we receive them.

The special issue will support submissions in a variety of formats and styles from personal narratives, descriptive studies, futuristic suggestions, program evaluations, brief reports, major research studies and theoretical philosophical discussions. Authors should refer to our Section Policies and guidelines at . Unconventional formats should be a reasonable length (shorter is better) that suits the purpose and format of the article.

Please note that we are not limited to a fixed number of articles for publication: we will consider all high quality submissions either in the special issue itself or in one of our regular issues (or even in a Part 2 if necessary).

To facilitate the peer review process, we expect authors to review at least one other submission. Trainees and junior faculty may review under supervision of a mentor. We will begin the peer review process for a submission once those authors have enrolled as reviewers and created a profile that contains keywords related to the special issue.

Authors may contact our editorial staff at for general direction and support or for guidance on the length or format of proposed papers. We are happy to discuss the suitability of proposed submissions for this special issue.

Remember to submit your manuscript by October 31, 2019.