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Postgraduate Medical Education

Resident Application

Residency training is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RPSC) or by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).  Residency training leads to certification in a specialty or subspecialty (RCPSC) or certification as a family physician (CFPC).

Applicants must meet the requirements of the licensing authority, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), to be able to engage in postgraduate medical training. The citizenship of the applicant determines the application route to postgraduate medical education. Choose the section below that reflects your citizenship.

Visit our Residency program page to view a full list of programs offered at McMaster.

Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents

Canadian applicants apply to the R1 match through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).  The CaRMS site details eligibility requirements and application deadlines for both Canadian Medical Graduates (CMGs), which are Canadian citizens who graduated from a Canadian medical school and International Medical Graduates (IMGs), which are Canadian citizens who graduated from an international medical school

Canadians wishing to pursue subspecialty training in Medicine, Pediatrics or Family Medicine/Emergency medicine must apply through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Visit the appropriate CaRMS match site below for details on eligibility and application deadlines.

CaRMS – Medicine subspecialty match

CaRMS – Pediatrics subspecialty match

CaRMS – Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine match

Re-Entry Program

Physicians who are currently practicing in Canada and who would like to re-enter residency training in a new specialty can apply to the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) re-entry program. This program has a return of service requirement that is to be completed after training. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit the MOHLTC site.

Repatriation Program

The MOHLTC funds postgraduate medical training positions for physicians who have completed or partially completed their postgraduate residency training outside of Canada and who require additional training to meet the national certification requirements. Upon successful completion these physicians will be required to fulfill return of service obligations in an eligible community.  For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit the MOHLTC site. Apply to McMaster as a repatriation applicant. Deadline for applications is January 31.



International Applicants

In order to pursue postgraduate medical training at McMaster, applicants must have a funding source/sponsorship. McMaster PGME currently has sponsorship agreements with certain institutions within the following countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar



  • Successful completion of Part 1 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE1).
  • Medical school/degree listed in the current Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).


The applicant applies directly to their sponsorship bureau and not through McMaster PGME.  The sponsoring agency will send the application materials to McMaster on behalf of the applicant.  The sponsoring agency will identify application deadlines and requirements which may include but not limited to the following documents:

    1. Curriculum Vitae (include date of birth).
    2. Copy of your passport or official source of government ID.
    3. Copy of Medical Degree.
    4. Copy of Medical School Transcripts.
    5. Specialty Certificate or Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) results/ Part 1 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE1)
    6. Funding/sponsorship letter.
    7. Two letters of reference.
  • Eight weeks prior to the program start date, trainees must complete the McMaster health screening record and supporting documentation directly to the McMaster health screening office.
  • A valid work permit is required during the duration of their fellowship.The PGME office will provide the trainee with the work permit application information and an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approved letter of employment that will enable the appointee to apply for the appropriate work permit. The work permit can take up to six months to process.

The Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) is a period of clinical assessment for International Medical Graduates (IMGs), mandated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) to ensure the appropriate level of competency prior to starting residency or fellowship training.

The PEAP allows for appropriate, supervised clinical activity in a multi-disciplinary environment. The PEAP must assess the trainee’s foundational clinical, technical and communication skills, knowledge, and judgment in the discipline the trainee is seeking postgraduate training.

The PEAP will be conducted by your supervisor or Program Director when you start your appointment, it does not occur in isolation from your regular training.

You must also attend the Canadian Primer Course at the Touchstone Institute in Toronto, prior to starting the PEAP.