Application & Selection Process


In Canada, candidates for clinical residency are matched to universities through an electronic service called CaRMS (the Canadian Resident Matching Service).

As medical education varies widely among IMGs, prior to gaining access to residency in Canada, all IMGs must complete a series of standardized assessments to ensure they meet the minimum Canadian medical education standards and have the required skills to start residency training. IMGs seeking to be matched to a residency position in British Columbia for CaRMS 2018 and beyond are required to participate in UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program (CAP). The CAP provides a transparent and equitable process designed to support UBC residency programs not only assess candidates’ past clinical experience, but evaluate their potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C.

For a complete list of steps, follow the path to residency outlined on UBC’s IMG Office website.


UBC’s Family Medicine Residency Program seeks to select the right mix of physicians to serve population health needs of British Columbia, and equip residents with the competencies needed to begin independent family practice in diverse community settings.

Every year, each site submits a list of top-ranked applicants to the Canadian Resident Matching Service for processing. Once CaRMS has run its match algorithm, candidates and programs will be notified of the match results.

See below for an overview of the selection process.

The program director, as well as key program leadership, will start by reviewing applications.

After applications have been reviewed, invitations for an in-person interview will be extended to the top scoring applicants.

Please note that applicants must meet a number of requirements, and are more likely to be considered for an interview if they meet the following criteria:

  • Recent clinical experience (clerkship or independent practice), preferably within the Canadian healthcare context.
  • Strong clinical assessment (CAP) performance.
  • CV and personal letter indicate suitability for Family Medicine/Rural/Underserved Practice.
  • Strong references, including a Family Medicine reference which is mandatory.

Candidates shortlisted after the file review will be invited to attend an MMI interview and our Open House event. The interview process is common for both IMG and CMG applicants.

Applicants with high interview scores are able to clearly demonstrate:

  • Relevant experience/past successes and their motivation for pursuing Family Medicine.
  • Capacity to handle uncertain circumstances and manage stress.
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of a team.
  • Strong language comprehension and communication skills.
  • Maturity and strong decision making skills.

Once in-person interviews are complete, top candidates will be ranked by the program and residency training site.

Family Medicine Program and Site Ranking Process:

  • Program score sheets (which include the applicant’s name, medical school, graduation year, NAC score, MCCE score, as well as their file review score and interview score) are shared with site selection committees.
  • Selection committees at each site convene to review the Program rank list and score sheets. Before finalizing the rank list, the committee will look carefully at each candidate’s Clinical Assessment letter/NAC score, as well as their suitability for the specific site (based on their personal letter, CV, interview, and rural/under-serviced experience).

Candidates may not be considered for ranking if:

  • Their application file does not support interest in family medicine.
  • They do not have a family medicine reference.
  • There is evidence of ongoing professionalism issues.
  • Their interview indicates a lack of non-cognitive family medicine skills.
  • They have a poor UBC Clinical Assessment Program evaluation.