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Repatriation Coordinator

The role of the Repatriation Coordinator is to provide support and guidance to Canadians studying/practicing medicine outside of Manitoba who wish to return to Manitoba for training and practice opportunities.

The Repatriation Coordinator will navigate medical students/physicians through the steps involved in returning to Manitoba for such things as applying for postgraduate training, applying for electives, applying for registration with governing bodies, etc.

Please contact the Repatriation Coordinator for more information.

Contact Information
Paula Healy
Repatriation Coordinator
Joint Operating Division
Room 260, Brodie Centre
727 McDermot Aveue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3E 3P5
Canada
Tel:  (204) 789-3416
Email:  healy@cc.umanitoba.ca


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. 1.   How can I maximize my chances on obtaining a residency spot at the University of Manitoba?

A. Applying for postgraduate training is extremely competitive; therefore, it is important for you to be as competitive as possible.  Some things that may help you during this process include:

  • Obtaining a clinical elective experience within Canada
  • Obtaining the highest possible score on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE)
  • Having good reference letters
  • Having a professional looking resume and a strong personal letter

Remember, applying for residency is like applying for a job.  With only a certain number of positions available, you want to keep in mind what makes you the ideal candidate for the job.

Q. 2.   As an International Medical Graduate, am I eligible to apply for the first iteration of the CaRMS match?

International Medical Graduates must meet the following criteria to apply for the first iteration of the CaRMS match:

  • Be a graduate from a medical school listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (notarized proof required)
  • Obtain a pass mark on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE)

Must be fluent in spoken and written English – required to have a TOEFL score of at least 100 (TOEFL-iBT) with minimum score of 25 for speaking and listening. For information regarding the nearest assessment centre go to www.ets.org/toefl/ or www.toefl.com OR an overall band score of 7 on the IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component. Both TOEFL (TOEFL-iBT) and IELTSTM will be considered valid for two years from the date taken.

More information is available on the CaRMS website http://www.carms.ca/

Q. 3.  Can I apply to the Canadian Residency Match Service (CaRMS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) at the same time?

A.   Yes. Applicants may register with both matches and apply to Canadian and U.S. programs with the understanding that the CaRMS match is run before the NRMP match.  If matched to an R-1 position through CaRMS, the applicant will automatically and without notification be withdrawn from the NRMP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform CaRMS in writing if (s)he has applied to both CaRMS and NRMP.  More information is available on the CaRMS website http://www.carms.ca/

Q. 4.  Are medical students who are enrolled in a medical school other than the University of Manitoba eligible to apply for clinical elective opportunities at the University of Manitoba?

The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine, Undergraduate Medical Education Office, accepts applications from a limited number of visiting medical students who are enrolled in medical schools other than the University of Manitoba.  Students must be registered or entering their final clerkship year at the time of the elective.

An application form and detailed information about the process is available on the University of Manitoba’s website

Q. 5.  How would I apply for a clinical elective at the University of Manitoba?

An application form and detailed information about the process can be obtained from the University of Manitoba’s website The electives program administrator must receive applications and supporting documents four (4) months prior to the requested start date of the elective.  Applications from a visiting student will not be accepted more than nine (9) months prior to the start of the elective. 
It is important to note that partial applications will not be processed.

Q. 6.   Is there an application deadline when applying for clinical electives at the University of Manitoba?

A.  Applications must be received by the electives program administrator four (4) months prior to the requested start date of the elective. Applications from a visiting student will not be accepted more than nine (9) months prior to the requested start date.

Q. 7.  Can medical students who are enrolled in a medical school other than the University of Manitoba apply to do a core rotation at the University of Manitoba?

A.  No. The opportunity to do core rotations is not available to medical students studying outside of the University of Manitoba.

Q. 8.  Can visiting medical students apply for observership opportunities at the University of Manitoba?

The University of Manitoba Undergraduate Medical Education program does not arrange for or support requests for observerships.   The University of Manitoba does; however, offer a Summer Early Exposure program to pre-clerkship medical students who have successfully completed Year I and Year II of the medical degree program.  The Summer Early Exposure program provides the medical student with an opportunity to explore clinical experiences. 

Visiting pre-clerkship students interested in participating in the Summer Early Exposure program must submit an application form and supporting documents 30 days prior to the beginning of an exposure with the final deadline for receipt of application being June 30th. The application form is available on the University of Manitoba website

Q. 9.   Are medical students enrolled in medical schools outside of Canada required to complete exams prior to applying to CaRMS?

A. Applicants who are attending or have graduated from a school listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), must also have:

1. Written and passed the Medical Council of Canada’s Evaluating Exam (MCCEE); OR

2. Be scheduled to write a September OR November MCCEE

* Applicants who write the November MCCEE will not have their exam score available as part of the CaRMS application until AFTER first iteration file review opens, as the results will not be available until late December; therefore, would not be eligible for the first iteration of the match. Information about the MCCEE is available on the Medical Council of Canada’s website http://www.mcc.ca/en/exams/ee/

Q. 10.  What is a Return of Service Agreement and how can I enter into a Return of Service Agreement within Manitoba?

A.  A Return of Service is an agreement between a medical student, resident or physician and an employer (ie:  Regional Health Authority).  The medical student, resident, or physician should contact a Regional Health Authority to discuss this option. A list of Regional Health Authorities within Manitoba is available on the Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba website: http://www.rham.mb.ca/rhaList.html

Q. 11.  Can I transfer from my current medical school to the University of Manitoba medical school?

A.  No. The opportunity for transferring does not exist at the University of Manitoba.

Q. 12.  I have successfully completed the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).  Will this increase my chances of matching in Manitoba?

A. No. The USMLE is a requirement for the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and not a requirement for the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).  If you are a student or have graduated from a school listed with the International Medical Education Directory, the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) is the requirement for applying to CaRMS.

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