Application Process

The CaRMS Match is run in two iterations. To be eligible for participation in the first iteration, you must be either a medical student, or a graduate having obtained or in the process of obtaining a medical degree by July 1 of the match year from:
  • A Liaison Committee on Medical Education / Committee on Accreditation on Canadian Medical Schools (LCME/CACMS) accredited school
  • A school of osteopathic medicine
  • An international medical school listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)

To see if your school is on the FAIMER list, click the following link:

For information on second iteration please go to CaRMS website.

Selection Criteria
Only candidates whose completed applications have been received by the CaRMS deadline will be considered for an interview along with demonstrated ability to be organized as evidence by a complete application that is in accordance with our stated expectations.  Extraneous documents are not needed and may lower your file assessment score.

When selecting applicants, the Interview Team looks for candidates who have a strong academic standing as a medical student, reference letters that can attest to the applicant's knowledge, clinical judgment and moral character, and a personal letter that clearly outlines why the applicant wishes to pursue a career in general surgery in Winnipeg. There is no preference given to school of graduation. Reference letters from surgical subspecialist(s) will be an important factor.

Applicant File Assessment Criteria
The Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba is committed to a fair, equitable, and transparent application process. We maintain the right to choose the applicants we feel are the best people for our residency training programs. The following criteria will be used as a baseline to determine who will be considered for an interview. However, not all applicants whose files meet our minimum criteria will be offered interviews; only the top candidates will be offered an interview.

Elective Requirements 
We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives which include our specialty 
On Site Elective 
We do not require applicants to do on site electives to be considered for selection  
International Medical Graduates 
Directives for IMG Candidates for Consideration for an Interview:

  • Preference will be given to IMGs who have a pass mark on the MCCEE of 300 or greater and have scored high in surgery, medicine and pediatrics (based on scores after January 2007)
  • Preference will be given to IMGs who have a pass mark on the MCCQE-Part 1 of 450 or higher and have scored high in surgery, medicine and pediatrics.
  • Must have a demonstrable interest in the surgical subspecialty to which they have applied.
  • Has never had disciplinary action from a medical regulatory authority.
  • Not more than two years since either medical school graduation.

Personal Letter
The letter should state the applicant's reason for applying to general surgery, the applicant's strong points, and the applicant's professional and non-professional goals.

Reference Letters
Three letters of reference are required. References should be from staff mentors who have personal knowledge of the applicant. Letters from residents would be in addition to the other three references.

The General Surgery Residency Program may accept applications from individuals sponsored by agencies approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education - Faculty of Medicine - University of Manitoba.  For the application process, please contact the Faculty of Medicine - Postgraduate Medical Education Office.