Delivering CaRMS Transparency: Applicant Review and Selection Process of a Single-Center Diagnostic Radiology Residency Training Program

Can Assoc Radiol J. 2020 Sep 22;846537120957621. doi: 10.1177/0846537120957621. Online ahead of print.


Purpose: To report the current application review and selection process in our Canadian diagnostic radiology program at the University of Ottawa for both Canadian and international medical graduates.

Application review and selection process: Submitted applications fulfilling institutional requirements were selected for a detailed file review after preliminary screening. A diverse group of file reviewers and interviewers was selected. Interviews were offered based on file review score sheet outcomes. Each interviewer generated a postinterview rank list. Applicants were reviewed and discussed from highest to lowest rank based on a preliminary compiled rank list generated from the average of the postinterview rank lists. Group discussion and a consensus model were used to create a final applicant rank list.

Conclusions: We outlined our systematic, consistent selection process which aligns with current best practices. This description may inform other programs wishing to adopt or optimize strategies to improve candidate assessments and selection processes.

Keywords: Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS); medical education; radiology; residency; resident selection.