Many learners consider transferring programs in their PGY1 year of training. There is a multi- stage process designed to facilitate transfers both internal and external to McMaster University. Any learner considering an internal or external transfer MUST apply for a transfer at their home institution.
For current McMaster PGY1 learners the deadline date to apply for an internal or external transfer is January 31. Internal applications are reviewed prior to external application consideration. Learners are strongly encouraged to review the positions available on the second iteration of CaRMS. If an acceptable position is available, you are encouraged to apply.
If you are not in PGY 1 and are considering a transfer, you are eligible to apply for a transfer at any time. Please fill out and submit the transfer application form. Learners outside of their PGY 1 year typically submit their application in October.
- You may wish to discuss the possibility of transfer with the Program Director of the program to which you intend on transferring.
- Fill out and submit (all required documents) the transfer applicant form on the PGME website by January 31. The information you submit is confidential and the PGME office does not disclose your intent to transfer to your current program or Program Director.
- PGME will contact identified programs to determine if there is physical capacity to consider an additional learner. If there is capacity, your entire application will be submitted to the department for review. If they are interested in considering your application, they will invite you to an interview and may ask you for additional paper documentation. They will submit their recommendation to the PGME office after your file is considered. If there is no capacity, the PGME office will update you with this information. If you are considering an external transfer, you should indicate the schools (nationally) to which you would like to be considered at the time of your application. Your application will then proceed to the provincial/national competition for consideration.
- The PGME office will contact you after the second iteration of CaRMS to confirm you would like your application to proceed to the provincial/national competition.
- Each April, the Managers from Postgraduate Medical Education meet to discuss the possibility of external transfers on behalf of the applicants who have applied. Should a position be available externally, your application will be sent to the school and program to which you identified in your program. You will be contacted for an interview and may be asked to provide additional documentation. If successful, the PGME office will process your release from McMaster to your new school. This is required in order for a new offer of admission to be created by the new school.
Should I discuss the possibility of transfer with my current Program Director?
This is entirely up to you. Many feel that their current Program Director is the best advocate for transfer opportunities while others choose not to have this conversation until they are certain a transfer is feasible. The PGEM office will not communicate your intent to transfer to your current Program Director.
Why are transfers difficult to facilitate?
The university must determine if there is both physical and financial capacity to facilitate a transfer. The funding allocated to the University (within the Transfer Payment Agreement from the Ministry) and therefore money is not transferable between schools to facilitate transfers. Therefore, the receiving school must have both the physical and financial capacity to accept you as a learner.