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Our Enhanced Skills (PGY3) Program offers a wide range of options for residents looking for additional training after their 2 years of Family Medicine residency.  This additional training can be in an area of interest or in an area of need for their community, and allows residents to build further specialized skills as a clinician.

Important Message about COVID-19

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, McMaster DFM realizes clinical rotations including electives are dramatically affected. We understand this and know that applicants are concerned about their CaRMS applications being affected. According to our Best Practice in Application and Selection (BPAS) statements, electives function to demonstrate your diversity of training and academic excellence.

Given the broad scopes of practice our programs offer, there are many clinical rotation options that are applicable to each practice (Care of the Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice Anesthesia, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine). Any rotation is an opportunity to demonstrate academic excellence, either reflected in the evaluations, reference letters or your Program Director’s letter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have – Emergency Medicine Program contact: Melissa Hymers hymers@mcmaster.ca, all other programs contact: fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca


Admissions Deadlines:

2021 Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match Timeline
4 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET Access to CaRMS Online
4 August 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET Program descriptions published on carms.ca
2 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET Program selection period begins
3 September 2020 Milestone: physiciansapply.ca examination and document transfers
4 September 2020 at 17:00 ET DEADLINE: Submission of translation requests
15 September 2020 DEADLINE: Submission of applicant assessment forms
16 September 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET DEADLINE: Assignment of applications and documents
16 September 2020 at 12:05 ET File review period begins
8 October 2020 DEADLINE: Interview status updates in CaRMS Online
9 October 2020 DEADLINE: Invitations to interviews complete
16 October 2020 – 30 November 2020 National interview period
12 November 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET Ranking period begins
3 December 2020 at 15:00 ET DEADLINE: Submission of applicant rank order lists
16 December 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET MATCH DAY
13 January 2021 at 15:00 ET CaRMS Online access closes
For more details, please refer to https://www.carms.ca/match/family-medicine-enhanced-skills-match/applicants/timeline-fmes/



The Enhanced Skills Program will review applications from current PGY2 residents who are registered in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of their application.  Residents must start their PGY3 year within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.

(Practicing physicians must apply separately through the Re-Entry Program of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and not directly to the university.  Applications from practicing physicians will not be accepted for the Enhanced Skills Program.  Please view the ministry information about Re-Entry Programs on the Ontario website. Different timelines apply to Re-Entry Applicants.)

The Enhanced Skills Emergency Medicine Program application process is a separate CaRMS based process. Please see the CaRMS website for more information.

Enhanced Skills Contact: fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca


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