OMSA held its Annual Lobby Day today at Queen's Park where 60 medical students across Ontario met with Members of Provincial Parliament. Ontario medical students are alarmed by the increasing number of medical graduates who do not secure a residency spot to continue their required medical training, otherwise known as going 'unmatched'. This is the second straight year where Ontario medical students voted to advocate on this issue. Historically, 10 to 20 graduates in Canada were unmatched each year, but that number reached an all-time high in 2018 when
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Today, hundreds of Ontario medical students are receiving the first iteration results of the 2019 R-1 Main Residency Match. OMSA would like to congratulate our colleagues who matched today. We also express our support to all students who were not matched to a residency training spot. These results do not define you. Information regarding next steps including the second iteration are available at carms.ca and through your school's Student Affairs Office.
Healthcare has been a key focus of Ontario's upcoming election on June 7th. This past weekend, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released an open letter urging Ontario’s political leaders to commit to improving the province’s health care system. Specifically, the CMA identified long wait times and the rise in unmatched medical graduates as two
This year, three out of four Ontario medical students voted for physician services planning and the unmatched medical graduate as their top policy priority. On April 9th, 2018, over 60 medical students met with MPPs at Queen’s Park, where we advocated for our peers who were not matched to a residency position this year, and in years past. Today, OMSA is very pleased to support the Ministry of Health in announcing that additional funding for residency positions will be made available for all Ontario
In their final year of medical school, students apply for residency positions in a process known as "the match". Historically, 10 to 20 graduates in Canada have gone unmatched each year. However, that number has risen dramatically since 2011, rising to 46 in 2016 and 68 in 2017 and is projected to reach 141 in 2021. This year, medical students in Ontario overwhelmingly voted for OMSA to advocate for improved physician services planning for our annual Lobby Day today. OMSA engaged over 60 medical students from across Ontario in our advocacy.
Since 2009, the ratio of available residency positions to Canadian medical students has declined steadily from 1.11 to 1.02 positions for every 1 applicant in the first round of the Canadian PGY-1 matching process. This has resulted in an unprecedented number of unmatched students, with 2.4% (68 students) remaining unmatched after the second iteration of CaRMS in 2017.
CaRMS is like a black box. It is a step in medical school that
you always know will come, you realize everyone makes it through,
but what exactly happens in between is a mix of rumours, some
facts and a healthy dose of faculty injected fear.
The best I felt I could do to face this was to make lists and be organized which kept me focussed and on track. It avoided going back to re-check my past steps to make sure things were complete.
Starting early and working on the application nearly daily were
As medical student representative organizations, both the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) believe it is important to inform our members of an impending reduction in the number of residency positions that will be available in the province of Ontario for the 2016 and 2017 R1 Main Residency Matches. This reduction will impact the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes.
CaRMS has come and gone, but the one thing that stuck in my mind was how hilarious the personalities of my fellow med students are. Here are 5 personalities that showed up at nearly all of my stops across the country.
1) The Toronto Lover