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Entry Requirements to Pain Medicine Residency


Pain Medicine Application Deadlines

The Pain Medicine residency program applications are submitted through the CaRMs process. Please see

The programs involved in this year's match are:

University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
McMaster University
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
Western University

For information on the Quebec training programs please see below. Note that Quebec will not be participating in the CaRMs match.

KEY DEADLINES for positions starting in July 2019:

July 18, 2018:         Applications open through General Internal Medicine CaRMS site.

August 17, 2018:     Deadline for letters of reference sent by mail.

August 29, 2018:     CaRMS application deadline.
September 5, 2018: Supporting documents that arrive after file review has opened on August
                             29th will be considered until September 5th

Sept - Oct 2018:      Interview period.

October 25, 2018:    Ranklist submision deadline.

November 8, 2018:   Match day.

Interview Dates:

Western Sites:

October 4, 2018          - University of Calgary

October 5, 2018          - University of British Columbia

Eastern Sites:

October 10, 2018 pm   -  University of Ottawa

October 11, 2018        -  University of Toronto

October 12, 2018        -  Western University

October 13, 2018        -   McMaster University


Program descriptions can be found in more detail at each of the sites:

University of British Columbia:

University of Calgary:  Email Karen Bannister or Kelly Shinkaruk

McMaster University: http//

University of Ottawa:

University of Toronto:

Western University:


Eligibility Requirements

Royal College Certification in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Rheumatology or enrolment in a program leading to certification in one of these areas (see requirements for these qualifications). All candidates must be certified in their primary specialty in order to be eligible to write the Royal College certification examination in Pain Medicine.

Entry from the following Royal College accredited disciplines is possible in exceptional cases with the approval of the Specialty Committee in Pain Medicine: Medical Oncology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, or Palliative Medicine.

Letter to Applicants

Pain Medicine Residency Matching October 12 2015


Minimum Training Requirements

Twenty-six (26) 4-week blocks of approved residency training in Pain Medicine. Any of the designated blocks for Pain Medicine, up to a maximum of thirteen (13), may be undertaken concurrently within the entry discipline, subject to approval by both program directors.


Obtaining Credit for Prior Training

The Royal College has an established process to consider credits from previous resident training.

Residents who wish to have some of their previous training considered towards their prospective residency training should first discuss this with their future Program Director. The Program Director will determine if the previous training is relevant to the current training.

The Program Director must ensure that a resident’s performance warrants a recommendation for credit, that the training time can be reduced for that resident, and that he/she will still meet the competencies and requirements in the specialty and be successful at the certification examinations.

To process a request for credit the Royal College Credentials unit must receive:

1) An application for assessment of Canadian training from the resident with the one-time fee for an additional specialty (they do not need to repay this fee when they apply by the deadline, the year prior to that in which they will sit the certification examination)

2) A written recommendation from the Program Director outlining the credit recommended, under which section of the specialty requirements this should be applied to and the anticipated end-of-training date. The recommendation letter must be sent to the Postgraduate Dean to obtain his/her support (both signatures can be on one letter, or 2 separate letters.

Once all of these are received, the request is reviewed and the Royal College issues a decision to the resident which is copied to the Program Director and Postgraduate Dean.Of note, Program Directors are under no obligation to recommend credit for a resident if they feel that it is not appropriate to do so.

The following link is to the page where the application is available in 2 formats:

Adobe PDF fillable form (Adobe Reader required): Application for assessment of Canadian residency training  or Print and fill manually: Application for assessment of Canadian residency training

The Credentials unit would review the material mentioned above and, if appropriate, approve the application for credits for previous training.  An official approval letter would be provided to the applicant, with a copy to the program director and Postgraduate Dean’s office.  Be advised that  a maximum of 12 blocks of training only will be considered, and to have this much accepted for prior credit ,the resident would have to be considered ”outstanding”. 

The credentials approval is expected to take two to four weeks."



Royal College Training Requirements

[Royal College Subspeciality Training Requirements in Pain Medicine] PDF


Application Procedure for Universite de Montreal

See attached documents for specfic application procedures for Universite de Montreal:

Procédure pour des demandes de formation complémentaire (1 à 13 périodes) Médecine de la douleur

Procédure pour des demandes de stage de perfectionnement Médecine de la douleur Moniteur clinique (candidat de l’extérieur du Québec)

Procédure pour des demandes de seconde formation Surspécialité en médecine de la douleur


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