Work has started on developing and streamlining processes for Match 2021 based on the new timelines. Three subcommittees of the AFMC Resident Match Committee have been created and tasked with developing the processes for Match 2021.
The ARMC is a committee (that predates COVID 19) comprised of representatives from the AFMC committees of Undergraduate Deans, Postgraduate Deans, Student Affairs Deans, AFMC Board members, learner organizations (CFMS, FMEQ, RDoC, FMRQ), and CaRMS.
There is representation from student organizations on the first 2 sub committees below, and in fact the Virtual Interview subcommittee is co-chaired by the president of CFMS.
The subcommittees are:
1. Applications and File Review Sub-Committee whose mandate is to make recommendations related to application content and quality, and the file review process
2. Virtual Interview and Program Recruitment Sub-Committee whose mandate is to make recommendations on the virtual interview processes, how to best communicate with applicants; and how applicants can promote themselves to programs.
3. Technical Sub-Committee whose mandate will be to consider opportunities for simplification of requirements for the match run, improvements in processes for provision of files and Rank Order Lists; and, streamlining technology around interface between CaRMS/PG offices/Program Offices.
There have been no decisions at this time regarding the timelines for Match 2022.
It is anticipated that the first group of students in Canada will return to clerkship on May 25th 2020 and the latest return date is set for July 6th 2020. Faculties are working hard to plan and adapt as needed. Although some decisions will need to be made based on local, regional or provincial factors, there continues to be strong collaboration and discussion across the country.
There will be new stresses as students return to clinical duties. There are a number of local and national resources available if students find that they are having difficulties adapting to their return to the clinical activities. The Student Affairs offices at each university are well prepared to help. As a profession we always need reminding that reaching out for support is sign of strength.