FAQ: Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) Application

Should I create different personal letters for each of the U of T residency streams (i.e. GTA, Barrie or Newmarket, Rural or Integrated Research) to which I am applying?

It is NOT a requirement to create different personal letters for each residency stream. However, you are welcome to personalize your personal letters according to stream if desired.

If I create a different personal letter for each stream I apply to, will they be read by the same reviewer?

Yes, there is a central file review process for all U of T residency streams. The same reviewers will read your personal letter(s) for all streams prior to your interview.

When adding research publications, am I required to include the abstract and the published article?

It is best to append all documents in the supplemental document section on CaRMS online. There are no specific guidelines on what is required for research publications but it would be helpful to the file reviewers to include all appropriate documentation.

Is it possible to add different residency streams (i.e. GTA, Barrie or Newmarket, Rural or Integrated Research) after the CaRMS application submission deadline?

When applying to the U of T residency program it is recommended that you apply for all streams you may be interested in before the CaRMS online application closes. Adding additional streams after the CaRMS online application closes or after your scheduled interview will NOT be considered. Please see U of T Family Medicine Program Description on the CaRMS website. 

If I submit a notarized/certified photocopy of my Birth Certificate does the photo ID need to be notarized as well?

No, the piece of photo ID submitted with your notarized/certified photocopied birth certificate does not need to be notarized/certified.

Do I need to notarize AND certify my proof of Canadian citizenship document?

No, your proof of Canadian citizenship documents can either be certified OR notarized, you will not be penalized for doing both. You may choose to do one or the other.

My legal full name is used throughout the CaRMS application but my reference letters may be addressed by my preferred name. Will this be a problem when my files are reviewed?

The main identifier throughout your CaRMS application is your CaRMS ID which can be verified by reviewers. It is recommended to ask your referees to use your legal name if possible or make reference to your legal name at the beginning of the reference letter.

My CaRMS application includes my married name; however some supplementary documents have my maiden name. Do I need to include a name change document?

The main identifier throughout your CaRMS application is your CaRMS ID which can be verified by reviewers. You may include any name change documentation with your application if desired in the supplementary documents section on CaRMS online.

If I apply to all four family medicine streams, can I choose different reference letters for each stream?

In total only 3 reference letters are required for your application. At least one reference should be from a family physician.

If applying to the Integrated Research Stream, please note the additional criteria for reference letters as described in the research stream program description on CaRMS.

If I exceed the 500 word limit for my personal letter(s) will my letter(s) be disregarded?

The 500 word limit is a recommendation. We suggest that you do not exceed 500 words but your application will not be discarded if it is over the word limit. Please try to follow our instructions to limit your personal letter to 500 words.

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