Enhanced Skills Program Admissions

Candidates applying to Category 1 programs (Addiction Medicine, FP-Anesthesia, Care of the Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care and Sport & Exercise Medicine) should apply through CaRMS. Visit CaRMS >

Admissions Schedule (Category 2 Programs)


August 24, 2020 Application Process Opens
September 30, 2020 Application Deadline Date
October 15 - November 20, 2020 Interview Period (all interviews will be conducted virtually in 2020)
November 26, 2020 Acceptance Notification 
December 2, 2020                      Deadline for Acceptance

Application Eligibility

Funding eligibility
Ministry of Health

Those who are currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application. 

Residents must start their PGY3 year within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.

Ministry of Health Re-Entry Program

Practicing physicians must apply separately through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Health Re-Entry Program. 

Selection is determined by application program review and program capacity.

Note that different timelines apply to Re-Entry applicants. Please visit the Re-Entry Program webpage for more information.

Sponsored Visa Trainees

The University of Toronto currently has training agreements in place with: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Our program is unable to consider applicants from countries where a training agreement is not currently in place.

Sponsored Visa Trainees (SVTs) from these countries must apply directly through the Post MD Education Office

Only a few of our programs accept SVTs and selection is determined by application program review and program capacity. These programs are: Addiction Medicine, Care of the Elderly, Palliative Care, Sport & Exercise Medicine and Women's Health.

Visit their individual program description for more details.

For more information, please contact the Enhanced Skills office at fammed.enhanced@utoronto.ca 

How to Apply

Requirements Category 2 programs and Clinician Scholar Category 1 program:

  1. Completed Online Application Form (note that this link is only active during application period)
  2. Letter of Intent (to the attention of the Program Director of the program of choice) addressing objectives and motivations for pursuing additional training
  3. Current CV
  4. Copy of Medical Degree
  5. Three (3) references*, one of which must be from your residency Program Director or Site Director. Note: University of Toronto applicants should be requesting a reference letter from their Site Director. 
  • Please note that referees will be submitting references online via the online application system. These requests are generated electronically once an application is submitted and a confirmation is sent to the applicant. Referees will have two (2) week from the date of receiving the notification request to submit a letter of reference (e.g. for applications submitted and approved on September 30, 2020, referees will have until October 14, 2020 at the latest to submit their letters of reference). Program Directors will NOT review applications without reference letters.


Requirements Category 1 programs (except Clinician Scholar Program)

Please review individual program descriptions on CaRMS at https://www.carms.ca/match/family-medicine-enhanced-skills-match/program-descriptions/

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers to your application and funding questions.