How to Apply

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Canadian Medical Graduates (CMGs)

What is CaRMS?

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) was created in 1969 to provide a centralized application process for medical residency training in Canada. It is a national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization built to ensure a fair and transparent application and matching process. Visit the CaRMS website

Am I eligible to apply to the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto?

We have many different applicants to our program. All applicants for the R-1 Main Residency Match must meet the listed eligibility criteria. Additionally, applicants to the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto must meet the Ontario provincial eligibility criteria for the R-1 Main Residency Match.

What are the important dates and deadlines for my application?

CaRMS provides a timeline of milestones which are suggested dates to help applicants stay on track with their application process. The only firm deadline for applicants is the applicant rank order list deadline -February 12th, 2020.

Listed below are the CMG Admission Interview and Information Sessions for 2020

Weekday Date Time Stream
Tuesday January 21 5:15pm-7:30pm
Thursday January 23 5:15pm-7:30pm
Saturday January 25 8:15am-10:30am

Rural, Barrie or Newmarket Session

Saturday January 25 12:15pm-2:30pm

Rural, Barrie or Newmarket Session

Monday January 27 5:15pm-7:30pm
 Wednesday January 29 5:15pm-7:30pm

Where can I learn more about applying to the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto?

CaRMS Program Descriptions

The Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto

Frequently Asked Questions (Interview and Information Session)

Click the heading above to find more questions about the interview process and information sessions.


Feel free to contact us:

Dr. Vanessa Rambihar, Associate Program Director Admissions, Awards and Recruitment

Dr. Stuart Murdoch, Director, Postgraduate Education

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Graduate of an international medical school holding Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent residency status.

*Please note that the IMG group includes graduates from American schools of Osteopathic Medicine.

Admissions Requirements

The six Ontario Family Medicine Residency programs jointly run the IMG admissions process via the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS)
Please review the CaRMS Program Description  for details on admissions requirements.

Admissions Process

CaRMS Match Timelines: Please review the CaRMS Match Timelines.

Site Assignment:  Once matched to the Family Medicine Program at the University of Toronto, graduates of International Medical Schools will have the chance to enter into an internal matching system. There are a limited number of spots available for IMGs at each hospital teaching site. Site allocation will be based on availability at each site. This is the first year that there will no longer be two separate cohorts of IMGs at U of T, which means that all IMGs will start the program together alongside the Canadian Medical Graduates.

There are 12 teaching in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA stream) and 2 sites in the Barrie or Newmarket Stream as detailed below.

GTA Stream

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • St. Michael's
  • Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
  • St. Joseph's Health Centre
  • The Scarborough Hospital
  • Toronto East Health Network
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital and Mississauga Hospital)

Barrie or Newmarket Stream

  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre

Requirements: Access to a car and ability to drive may be required upon admission.

For more details on each teaching site, click here.

Preparation for Residency

Please note: All IMGs entering Family Medicine Programs in Ontario are required to complete a mandatory pre-residency training program as a transition to family medicine in a Canadian context. This pre-residency program begins prior to the residency start date (ie: prior to July 1st; see below).  and you are expected to be available to attend during this time.

Pre-Residency Program: TThe Pre-Residency Program aims to prepare International Medical Graduates for a successful evaluation in the mandatory Assessment Verification Period (AVP), a probationary period of 12 weeks required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario prior to obtaining a postgraduate license to practice medicine in Canada. The Pre-Residency Program is divided into two phases:

Pre-Residency Program Phase 1 (PRP1)  is organized centrally by Touchstone Institute for all International Medical Graduates commencing Family Medicine Residency Programs in Ontario. Please see the Touchstone Institute website here for current projected dates. If you match to the U of T FM program you will likely be assigned to the April course dates.

Pre-Residency Program Phase 2 (PRP2) is organized locally by individual hospital teaching sites for IMGs commencing family medicine at the University of Toronto, with the goal of addressing historically identified needs of IMGs prior to residency. During this period, participants attend the Academic Half Day at their teaching site and a two day central workshop at the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Level of Responsibility: Participants in PRP are considered to be at the level of a clinical clerk of fourth-year medical student until the completion of this period, and should thus have expectations and responsibilities offered appropriate to this level.

Assessment Verification Period

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) requires all International Medical Students to successfully complete the 12-week Assessment Verification Process (AVP) in order to receive a postgraduate educational license to commence residency training.


Visit Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto for further details.

Sponsored Visa Trainees (SVTs)

A Sponsored Visa Trainees are graduates of an international medical school, who are visa holders sponsored by their home countries for postgraduate residency training in Canada. They are expected to return to their country of origin after completion of their training to share their experience and education with their communities.

Admissions Requirements

Applications from internationally sponsored physicians must be sent directly to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) from the sponsoring agency. Complete applications are submitted through the Sponsored Trainee Application Registry (STAR). Please click here for details from our PGME office

The application package must include the following items:

  1. A letter from the sponsoring agency (confirming full financial support for the duration of the residency program)
  2. Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE or MCCQE1) results
  3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the applicant’s date of birth, citizenship and e-mail address
  4. A copy of the medical degree (in addition to an English translation, if applicable)
  5. A copy of the medical school transcript (in addition to an English translation, if applicable)
  6. Three letters of reference on letterhead, signed and dated within two years of the date of application
  7. A brief personal statement from the applicant which explains their interest in the University of Toronto residency program of choice8. (Preferred but not Required) National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE Examination Results (Score >75).

Additional Family Medicine Program Requirements

The following items are not considered mandatory for admission but are highly recommended to supplement your application.

Language Proficiency

Acceptable English Language Proficiency Tests

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a University outside Canada, then you must demonstrate your proficiency in English using one of the following methods. If this requirement is not met at the time you submit your application it will be required as one of the conditions if you are made an offer of admission.

The tests accepted by the Department for Sponsored Visa Trainees are:

1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge, U.K.
Web: (applicants may also contact their nearest British Council Office)
Minimum required score: 6.0 (Academic test format) with at least 5.5 in each module

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment.

2. Academic Preparation Course

International ESL Program
School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street, Suite 4-106
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1V5
Minimum required score: a final grade of B in Level 60

The English Language Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, offers a 12-week intensive Academic English Course (Code 0510)for individuals preparing for degree studies at the graduate level.

The Academic English Course is a certified, full-time intensive program focusing on the development of strategies for academic writing, reading, speaking and listening. Learning involves strategies for writing accurate, organized and well-developed reports, responses and essays. Students’ reading comprehension, oral communication skills, listening facility and note-taking skills are developed to be commensurate with the academic standards for which the University of Toronto is known.

3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service
P. O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey
U.S.A., 08541-6151
Minimum required score: IBT format minimum overall score 87 and Writing/Speaking 20

4. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

English Language Institute (ELI)
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
U.S.A., 48109-1057
Required score: 85

5. The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

COPE Testing Limited
7B Pleasant Boulevard
P.O. Box 1164
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1K2
Required score: 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)

6. FAIMER Language Option

If the instruction and the language of patient care at the undergraduate medical school was conducted completely in English, then a candidate can submit to the program a copy or printout of the FAIMER website listing the medical school which clearly states that the language of instruction is English


National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE results are preferred for an interview but are not currently required. Score of >75..

A minimum score of >350 on the MCCEE is recommended.

Admissions Process

Proposed Timeline*:

  • Application Deadline: August 21, 2020
  • Interview invitations: End of August
  • Virutal Interviews: End of September – Early October
  • Offers/declines: Mid-October
  • Pre-Residency Program Phase One: Touchstone Institute: Late March/ April
  • Pre-Entry Assessment Period (8-12 weeks): May/June
  • PGY1 start date: July 1st

*subject to change

Program Details

Accepted Sponsored Visa Trainees will be assigned to one of the 12 hospital-based teaching units in Mississauga, Toronto, North York, Scarborough and Markham as part of the GTA Stream of the Residency Program. Since available teaching sites are subject to program capacity and preferences cannot be guaranteed, it is recommended that residential accommodations are not secured until after receiving teaching site assignments. Access to a car and/or ability to drive or be driven are thus required on admission:

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • North York General Hospital
  • Unity Health Toronto - St Joseph's
  • Unt Health Toronto- St Michael's
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Scarborough Health Network
  • Toronto East Health Network
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners: Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital

For more details on each teaching site, click here.

Transition to Residency Requirements

Sponsored Visa Trainees are required to participate in the following pre-residency training which have been developed to address their academic and clinical needs during their transition to residency in a Canadian context:

  • Canadian Medicine Primer: 2-3 day curriculum offered by Touchstone Institute specifically for sponsored visa trainees starting residency in Canada.
  • Pre-Residency Program Phase One: Approximately 4 week curriculum offered through Touchstone Institute for all graduates of Internal Medical Schools prior to residency training in Canada.
  • Pre-Entry Assessment Period (PEAP; 4-12  weeks): mandatory evaluation period designated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) conducted at assigned hospital teaching sites. 
  • Pre-Residency Program Phase Two Workshops: centrally located interactive workshops on topics relevant to graduates of Internal Medical Schools, attended during PEAP along with other International Medical Graduates during their PRP2
  • Sponsored Trainee Enrichment Program (STEP): Transition to Residency in Canada/Enrichment Training for Sponsored Visa Trainees: 5 centrally or site located workshops tailored to Sponsored Visa Trainees during PEAP, developed to ensure successful evaluation.

Pre-Entry Assessment Period (PEAP)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (CPSO) has mandated that all Sponsored Visa Trainees must successfully complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) in advance of commencing residency in Ontario. The PEAP is a four to twelve week assessment period that involves a practical assessment of skills and level of function in a clinical setting. At U of T, we have recommended a minimum 7-10 week PEAP with the possibility of extending the period if required, i.e., a trainee in difficulty.

IIn order to proceed to residency training, by the end of the PEAP, sponsored visa trainees must successfully meet the expectations of a resident beginning their postgraduate residency training. The CPSO will issue an educational license to the Sponsored Visa Trainee upon successful completion of PEAP, and training will begin at the Postgraduate Year 1 level (PGY1) for three years in family medicine at the University of Toronto.

* Please Note: Sponsored Visa Trainees who fail the PEAP, cannot proceed to residency in this discipline in any Ontario residency program.

Sponsored Visa Trainee Curriculum Overview    

  • 36-month comprehensive competency-based curriculum based on the CanMeds-FM framework and roles
    • Initial two years are similar to the current Family Medicine Program individualized to each teaching site
    • The third year of training will be individualized based on the needs of the sponsoring country, the specific resident, and in consultation with the Site and Postgraduate Program Directors
  • A minimum of four months of family medicine training in each year of training including two months of community experience through Teaching Practices (rural FM experience) in year 3
  • Protected Academic Half Days delivered at each site with quarterly central Core Days
  • Practice Management Curriculum
  • Quality Improvement Curriculum and project development
  • Research/Academic Project Required in the third year
  • Leadership Program in PGY3 year
  • Highly rated optional and additional courses: Teaching Residents to Teach, Counselling Skills Education Program, Procedural Skills (delivered locally at sites)

Visit Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto for more details.

Residents Transferring to Family Medicine

Transfer Requirements:

Residents seeking transfer into family medicine from another residency program at the University of Toronto must register with the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medicine Education Office (PGME). For details on the transfer requirements please visit the University of Toronto PGME office and review the transfer policy guidelines here.

Transfer Process:

Timeline: The timeline for the transfer process is determined by the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) office at the University of Toronto. Typically the transfer request process begins in January. Please click here to view the transfer process timelines.

Documentation Required:

  1. A Letter of intent (maximum 500 words)
  2. An up-to-date CV
  3. A copy of your medical degree
  4. All your in-training evaluations
  5. Medical school transcript
  6. Two Letters of Reference

Site assignments:

Accepted transfer residents will be assigned to one of the 12 teaching sites in Mississauga, Toronto, North York, Scarborough and Markham in the GTA stream of the Residency Program depending on capacity at each site and availability at the time of the application. Please see a list of teaching sites below, or visit Program Streams and Teaching Sites for specific details.

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • North York General Hospital
  • St Joseph's Health Centre
  • St Michael's
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Scarborough Hospital
  • Toronto East Health Network
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners: Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital

Access to a car and ability to drive may be required for admissions.    

Transfer Credits: Transfer residents may be eligible to apply for credit for previous training experiences through the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Transfer residents can apply for up to 6 blocks (1 block = 4 weeks) of credit at the discretion of the site director and postgraduate program director.  Please click here to see more details on the credits process through the CFPC.

Before residents can apply for CFPC transfer credits they will have to complete 4 blocks of the program to allow for a fair evaluation by the site director. Once a decision has been made by the site director and postgraduate program director, application to the CFPC for transfer credits will begin which normally takes place in October.


To learn more about residency in family medicine at the University of Toronto please click here.


For further questions on the transfer process, please contact Elicia Bryant