CaRMS FAQs

  1. WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF AN INVITATION TO INTERVIEW?
    • All applicants, whether successful or not, will receive notification in early January.
  2. WILL I KNOW WHO MY INTERVIEWERS ARE PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW?
    • You will not have information with respect to your interviewers prior to the morning of your interview.
  3. IS THERE A CHIEF RESIDENT OR ANOTHER RESIDENT I CAN CONTACT WITH RESPECT TO PROGRAM-RELATED QUESTIONS?
    • The program offers several different opportunities for networking during the actual interview day. Applicants are free to have discussions with the PGY1s touring them. There is ample opportunity during the Q&A period on the interview day. As well, the lunch provided on the interview day is very informal allowing for specific questions to both faculty and Chief Medical Residents. Some of our Chief Residents have volunteered to answer questions via email, however, I would suggest that you make any questions you have short and succinct:
    • We would also suggest you read the FAQ section of this website prior to contacting them. We have a large number of applicants and would prefer not to inundate the Chiefs with too many queries.
  4. IF I AM NOT SHORTLISTED HOW CAN I APPEAL TO HAVE MY FILE REVIEWED AGAIN?
    • Generally, files are not re-reviewed . The Department of Medicine receives a large number of excellent candidates and it is extremely difficult to develop a shortlist. We do feel, however, that we have developed excellent criteria for development of a shortlist. We receive many requests from applicants asking us to review their files again and out of fairness to all applicants will decline to do this except for very extenuating circumstances.
  5. MY REFEREE HAS NOT SENT MY REFERENCE LETTER TO CARMS BY THE DEADLINE DATE. CAN I SEND YOU A HARD COPY?
    • We do not take hard copies of any file materials. The selection process is completely electronic. No paper copies are printed and our faculty work directly from the electronic CaRMS site.
  6. I NOTE YOUR PROGRAM DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION OTHER THAN NOTED ON THE CaRMS SITE. WOULD IT BE BENEFICIAL TO SUBMIT ANY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP EVALUATIONS OR MEDICINE ELECTIVE EVALUATIONS.
    • Yes – it would be beneficial to submit medicine clerkship evaluations and medicine elective evaluations.
  7. I WILL BE IN VANCOUVER FOR AN ELECTIVE PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW DATES. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SET UP AN INTERVIEW AT THAT TIME?
    • No interviews will be set up prior to the shortlisting process or the formal interview dates. Our process is intended to be equitable to all applicants.
  8. IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR THE PERSONAL LETTER?
    • No – go wild!
  9. IF MY PERSONAL LETTER IS LONGER THAN THE REQUESTED ONE PAGE WILL IT NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY APPLICATION?
    • No – UBC, however, receives almost 300 applications each year and we are attempting to keep the paperwork down to a minimum for the file reviewers.
  10. WILL THE INTERVIEWERS HAVE ACCESS TO MY FILE ON THE INTERVIEW DAY?
    • No – the files will already have been reviewed and scored. The interview scoring is based solely on the interview.
  11. I HAVE HEARD A RUMOUR THAT UBC RANKS THEIR OWN TRAINEES FIRST. IS THIS CORRECT?
    • No – UBC has never had a policy of ranking their students first. We believe in ranking the best applicants we can regardless of where they trained.
  12. IS IT EASY TO FIND RESEARCH MENTORS AND OPPORTUNITIES?
    • Each year,in September, the program sends an updated list of all faculty and their research interests to all residents.
  13. IF I HAVE FAMILY COMMITMENTS WILL I STILL BE REQUIRED TO DO ROTATIONS AWAY FROM THE LOWER MAINLAND AREA?
    • Yes – all residents are expected to do 3 – 6 blocks away their 3 core years at one of our Expansion Sites. This is exclusive of any rotations at Royal Columbian Hospital or any Community Rotation.
  14. WHAT IS THE CURRENT ACCREDITATION STATUS OF YOUR PROGRAM.
    • The UBC Postgraduate Program was reviewed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in February 2007 and received FULL ACCREDITATION.
  15. HOW MUCH OUT OF PROVINCE ELECTIVE TIME IS ALLOWED?
    • Three months during the core three years of training. This is negotiable for special requests.
  16. HOW MUCH RESEARCH TIME IS ALLOWED?
    • Three months during the core three years of training.
  17. HOW MANY RESIDENTS CURRENTLY IN THE PROGRAM?
    • We currently have over 160 Core Medical Residents in the Program making us the second largest program in the country.
  18. ARE FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS GUARANTEED?
    • Residents are guaranteed four years of funding which will enable them to sit the Royal College Certifiying Examinaitons in Internal Medicine. Fellowship positions are competitive and residents are not guaranteed of a position at UBC.
  19. WHAT IS A CANADIAN CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP?
    • Photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo ID, or
    • Photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
    • Photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate, Records of Landing; or
    • Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card – copies of both sides of card must be provided.
  20. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A DOCUMENT NOTARIZED OR CERTIFIED?
    • Notarized documents are stamped by a notary public. Certified documents are certified by a commissioner of oaths.
  21. IS THE MSPR REQUIRED FOR MY APPLICATION TO UBC?
    • Yes. The box was not checked on our program description page but that issue has since been rectified. Please attached your MSPR to your UBC application.