CaRMS at 50: making the match for medical education


  • Lisa Turriff Canadian Resident Matching Service
  • John Gallinger Canadian Resident Matching Service
  • Michel Ouellette Canadian Resident Matching Service
  • Eric Peters The Hospital for Sick Children; Canadian Resident Matching Service



Entry into postgraduate medical training in Canada is facilitated through a national application and matching system which establishes matches between applicants and training programs based on each party’s stated preferences.

Health human resource planning in Canada involves many factors, influences, and decisions. The complexity of the system is due, in part, to the fact that much of the decision making is dispersed among provincial, territorial, regional, and federal jurisdictions, making a collaborative national approach a challenge. The national postgraduate application and matching system is one of the few aspects of the health human resources continuum that is truly pan-Canadian.

This article examines the evolution of the application and matching system over the past half century, the values that underpin it, and CaRMS' role in the process.


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Author Biography

John Gallinger, Canadian Resident Matching Service




How to Cite

Turriff L, Gallinger J, Ouellette M, Peters E. CaRMS at 50: making the match for medical education. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 22 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];11(3):e133-e140. Available from:

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