AFMC Gravely Concerned About Unmatched Canadian Medical Graduates

Ottawa, April 30, 2017 – The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), in response to today’s announcement on the R-1 Match results, expresses major concern over the large number of unmatched Canadian Medical Graduates (CMGs). The AFMC Resident Match Committee, which has been mandated to review and discuss resident allocation, selection and matching, has analyzed results from the R-1 Match between 2009 and 2016. The total number of unmatched current year CMGs after the second iteration of the match has increased exponentially from 11 in 2009 to 68 this year.

The resident match is an important part of medical education and physician resource planning in Canada. It is the process whereby our medical graduates are matched to the training positions for physicians, which are made available by the provincial governments. “When doctors are in high demand and our medical graduates have worked incredibly hard to get to their post-MD training, the number of unmatched CMGs raises alarm bells. The Faculties must enable the match of their graduates. The significant increase in unmatched Canadian medical graduates needs to be addressed,” responds Dr. Michael J. Strong, Chair of the AFMC Board of Directors.

Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of the AFMC suggests that “our medical graduates are experiencing the ‘squeeze effect’.” The resident match process is no longer meeting the needs of CMGs. Our students are feeling the squeeze. Based on historical trends we know that some students will not re-enter the match, choosing instead an alternate career that does not lead to practicing medicine. “Fully trained doctors – Canada’s best and brightest – are walking away from their medical education to the detriment of all Canadians,” comments Dr. Moineau

Unmatched Canadian medical graduates are an urgent priority issue for our Deans of Medicine, and the AFMC is committed to finding solutions to this serious problem.