By contrast, after the first and second rounds of the match, opportunities in family medicine, psychiatry and laboratory sciences (which includes different types of pathology) were left unfilled.This year’s match also saw a slight reduction in the number of students prioritizing family medicine and more students ranking internal medicine, creating a wrinkle for students who could not have anticipated this shift and failed to give themselves options in their rankings.
In 2013, there were 2,633 Canadian medical graduates participating.
This year, that number rose to 2,810, a slight dip from 2016, when 2,836 medical graduates were looking for a match.
“We under-utilize immigrants,” she says, noting that many of the IMGs who find success in the match process are willing to go where others won’t.
Migration within the country is also playing a role, with students in Quebec opting for residencies in other parts of the country.
However some training programs have fewer positions than applicants and other programs don’t have sufficient applicants of interest for their positions.
There are two iterations of the match; the first is reserved for newly-graduated Canadian medical students.
Some say it is an unreasonable expectation that every medical graduate should have the residency of their choice.
“It’s, in part, the mindset,” says Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, who holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources and is lead coordinator of the pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Network. That should be inculcated in medical schools.” This year, graduates ranked dermatology, plastic surgery and emergency medicine highest, with demand for training in those disciplines far outstripping the supply of training spots.
“There was a little bit of a buffer in the system, a few more spots than there were Canadians applying.