University of Calgary - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Calgary

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on October 15, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. George Francis
Department of Clinical Neurosciences 
Foothills Medical Centre  
1403 - 29th Street NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 2T9
(403) 944-2061
CaRMS PM&R U of C Public Site
University of Calgary, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehab

Program Contacts

Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. George Francis
Program Director
(403) 944-2061

Ms. Daphne Bates
Program Administrator
(403) 944-2061

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Language proficiency
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:

IELTS is required by CPSA for candidates from medical schools in Quebec except for candidates from McGill.  Please check CPSA for ELP updates.

Reference documents
Number requested: 3
  • Three letters of reference are required, from physicians who know the applicant.
  • The strength of a reference letter is determined by the detail to which the referee can comment about the observed attributes and accomplishments of the applicant. 
Additional documents
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office.

Personal Letter 

A personal letter with a maximum word count of 1,500 is required. In this letter, candidates should outline their interest in PM&R, what attributes they possess for becoming a good physiatrist, and eventual career goals in PM&R. Any specific reasons why one chooses Calgary as a place to study should be mentioned.

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022

The documents for each applicant will be reviewed by the program director as well as a committee of physiatrists using a standardized rubric.  Decisions around offering interviews to applicants are collectively made by the committee members.



  • March 14, 2022
  • March 15, 2022
The two (2) interview dates are Tuesday March 15 and Thursday March 17.


Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
  • After reviewing the application, the residency program will invite short-listed candidates for an interview.
  • Applicants will be interviewed formally by the program director, chief residents, as well as a number of physiatrists. The interview will be split up into up to 4 separate sessions.
  • Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will take place via a virtual format.  Therefore, it will be important for applicants to have computer hardware with a mic and webcam, as well as a strong internet connection.

Selection Criteria

Program goals

The PM&R Residency Training Program at the University of Calgary is focused on the wellbeing and the specialty training of the residents within our program, so that they can become competent physiatrists that pursue excellence in clinical care, medical education, administration and scholarly work.  We strive to foster a positive workplace culture that recognizes the value and worth of our residents, and their important role in the provision of excellent patient care. 

Selection process goals

Our program is looking for bright, energetic, and passionate people desoromg to receive excellent training in physiatry, as well as giving back to improve and advance our residency program.  Some general characteristics the residency program is looking for in applicants include:

  • A solid academic standing.
  • A strong commitment to a career in PM&R.
  • At least one reference letter from a physiatrist who recommends the candidate for the specialty.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants with an interest and proven experience in either basic sciences or clinical research are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should demonstrate and highlight their commitment to community engagement.

File review process

Review team composition : The CaRMS Search and Selection Committee is comprised of the residency program director, the chief residents within the program, as well as physiatrists within the division.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Organized, succinct summary of pertinent information regarding the applicant.
Electives Electives will not be considered.
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Commitment & dedication to the pursuit of excellence.
Leadership skills Examples of leadership roles and experiences.
MSPRs General comments regarding applicant's performance during medical school.
Personal letters Demonstration of a commitment to pursuing PM&R training, and a discussion around the reasons for interest in the Calgary PM&R Residency Program.
Reference documents Examples of commitment & dedication to the pursuit of excellence.
Research/Publications Demonstration of interest in & understanding of research/scholarly work.
Transcripts Medical school transcript reviewed.

Elective criteria

Elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.
Elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.

Interview process

Interview format :

We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills We do not evaluate this interview component
Collegiality We do not evaluate this interview component
Communication skills An ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and through presentations.
Health advocacy We do not evaluate this interview component
Interest in the discipline An solid understanding of the depth and breadth of the field of PM&R.
Interest in the program An understanding of the culture within the training program.
Leadership skills Examples of leadership from the applicant's previous experiences.
Professionalism Examples of professionalism from the applicant's previous experiences.
Scholarly activities Ability of applicant to express understanding of the importance of scholarly work and PM&R.
Other interview component(s) The ability of applicants to receive constructive feedback and to use the opportunity as a means of personal and professional growth.

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

Program Highlights

  • The program facilitates learning in an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect through active communication between residents and faculty.
  • Our program aims to serve both the present and future needs of our discipline.
  • There is an annual joint OSCE practice examination organized in collaboration with the physiatry training programs at the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Electives are planned by the resident in consultation with the Program Director.  Residents have the opportunity to pursue inter-provincial and international electives.
  • Our training program can accommodate two residents per year of training.
  • At present, there are 40 physiatrists affiliated with the University of Calgary.
  • Our program offers exposures and training in all subspecialties of physiatry including ICU, cancer and burn rehabilitation.
  • A rural rotation is possible but not a mandatory component of the program.
  • The main focus of inpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation rotations is at Foothills Medical Centre (45 beds) and outpatient rotations across multiple locations within Calgary.
  • There is a close association between our residency program and Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine.
  • Residents have a variety of opportunities to gain competence with ultrasound-guided procedures, including in formal academic settings like practice sessions in the anatomy lab on cadavers, as well as in the clinical setting.

Please click here to see highlights of some of our residents and staff in the division. 

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Please click here to see aspects of our residency program including Competence by Design, Academic Curriculum and Funding Supports.

Training Sites

Hospital-based rotations occur at various sites throughout the city:

- Foothills Medical Centre

- Rockyview General Hospital

- South Health Campus

- Peter Lougheed Centre


Community-based rotations occur at various clinics throughout the city including:

- Kinesis Medical Centre

- Alberta Neurologic Centre

- Infini Health

- University of Calgary Sports Medicine Clinic

- Chronic Pain Centre

- Innovations Clinic

- Evidence Sport and Spine

- Vivo Cura Health

- Southland Sports Medicine

- Southland EMG

- Catalyst for Health

Additional Information

Calgary is a growing dynamic city that offers opportunities for a wide variety of participation in cultural and outdoor activities. There is a superb network of trails throughout the city for biking, running and walking and the Rockies are just fifty minutes away!

Calgary is known to be one of the most liveable cities not only in Canada, but the world.  

Every July, the city hosts the Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth!

Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper are just some of the common tourist destinations that are just a few hours away from Calgary.


For more information, please visit our website.



Please click here for questions on the Residency Program and for CaRMS Applicants.

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