We require direct exposure to pathology in the form of an observership or an elective to consider applicants for an interview.
Program application language: Either English or French
In general, our program will consider all CaRMS-eligible physicians (both CMGs and IMGs), who have demonstrated a sincere interest in the speciality of anatomic pathology.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP must be submitted with each application.
P.S: the passport is not an acceptable proof of citizenship.
Each year, all candidates applying in a CaRMS match must provide proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status. As of the 2021 R-1 match cycle, CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the citizenship/legal status verification, which is usually completed by Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) offices.
if an applicant has had their citizenship/legal status documentation verified by any of the following organizations for the current R-1 match, the applicant will not be required to assign a proof of citizenship/PR document (as pictured in the screenshot below).
For further information, please check the following link on CaRMS: https://carms.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049869752-What-is-the-citizenship-legal-status-verification-?utm_campaign=714f635f55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_26_06_54&utm_medium=email&utm_source=2021+PGME+%26+Program+Communique+Recipients&utm_term=0_33cf2d87fd-714f635f55-
The candidate should submit a short personal letter (approximately 500 words), outlining any personal history that may be appropriate and relevant to the application, state reasons for choosing Pathology as a career and future goals.Medical School Transcript
Order from your Registrar.Custom Résumé / CV Photo
Order from your Dean's office.Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status/Declaration of medical exemption
By the DEADLINE of March 7, 2022, at 12:00 (noon) ET, applicants must upload and assign within their CaRMS Online application, one of the following two documents.
FOR IMGs: In addition to a copy of your Medical Degree, it is necessary to provide an equivalence letter from the CMQ (Collège des médecins du Québec). Please provide the results of the exams that permitted you to have your medical degree recognized and approved by the CMQ (Collège des médecins du Québec).
MCCQE1 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I and one of the following
USMLE part I and part II (if available).
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
All applications dossiers are reviewed by both program directors. All applicants are given a numeric score based on academic achievements (including research contributions), academic performance, demonstrated a commitment to pathology, as well as the personal statements and letters of recommendation. Highly ranked applicants are invited for an remote (zoom-based, multiple mini aka MMI) interview.
Selection is based on the applicant’s academic record, evidence of enthusiasm for the field of pathology, and the in-person interview. Previous experience pertinent to pathology or an elective in laboratory medicine is mandatory.
The McGill anatomic pathology program aims to train residents for successful completion of the Royal College examination, but also for successful clinical practice as an attending pathologist. We include career-planning as an integral part of our program, and we work with the residents to transition to the practice of fellowship of her/his choice. We have recent examples of success for transitioning residents to community practice, academic practice, and sub-speciality fellowships both within Canada and abroad.
We are looking to recruit enthusiastic future pathologists who are looking to serve as leaders in pathology in both academic as well as community settings.
Successful applicants to our program have a demonstrated commitment to Anatomic Pathology.
Successful applicants have strong academic dossiers.
Successful applicants have a track record of completed achievements (including, but not limited to academic scholarship).
Review team composition : All dossiers are reviewed entirely by both program directors. This generates a ranked score. Based on a cutoff, the strongest applicants are invited for an interview. The residency program committee is invited to review 'borderline' applications based on lower dossier scores.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %
|CV||Well-organized and easy to understand|
|Electives||Electives or observership in pathology is required.|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||Extra-curricular activities are considered positively.|
|Leadership skills||Our program is composed of many rising leaders in pathology.|
|MSPRs||MSPRs are considered when reviewing an applicant's dossier.|
|Personal letters||The personal statement are considered when reviewing an applicant's dossier.|
|Reference documents||All reference documents are considered when reviewing an applicant's dossier.|
|Research/Publications||Successful completion of research projects are considered positively.|
|Transcripts||All transcripts are considered when reviewing an applicant's dossier.|
An elective or observership in Anatomic Pathology is a requirement to be considered for review.
Interview format :
We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.
|Collaboration skills||We assess an applicants strength as a collaborator during the interview.|
|Collegiality||Demonstration of collegiality is essential to a successful application.|
|Communication skills||Communication is explicitly evaluated during the MMI.|
|Health advocacy||An understanding of the pathologist's role as a patient advocate is considered very positively.|
|Interest in the discipline||Interest in pathology is one of the factors our CaRMS committee values the most.|
|Interest in the program||We do attempt to get a sense of the interest in our program, but does not impact the CaRMS ranking.|
|Leadership skills||Demonstration of leadership skills is considered very positively.|
|Professionalism||Demonstration of professionalism is essential to a successful application.|
|Scholarly activities||Demonstration of scholarship is considered very positively.|
|Other interview component(s)|
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Montréal is a uniquely multicultural and multi-lingual urban centre. ‘The Paris of North America’ is the third largest primarily French-speaking city in the world.
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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.
Transition to Anatomic Pathology (2 rotation periods)
Roughly the first two months of residency training are devoted to a detailed walk-through of the Anatomic Pathology lab including:
Part of this month is focussed on ensuring that incoming residents are capable of reviewing patient charts to determine the key features necessary to provide an accurate summary of the clinical presentation, as well as all details relevant to the pathologic assessment.
All trainees are oriented to the technical aspects of microscopy with a practical evaluation.
Each learner will be coached about developing a professional CV and will work with staff to develop a personalized learning plan.
Foundation of the Practice of Anatomic Pathology (12 rotation periods)
This phase is focussed on laying the foundation on which a deeper fund of knowledge and sub-specialized knowledge can be organized. This phase of training involves a rigorous introduction to histology (through the lens of pathology). Residents will be introduced to grossing of specimens, as well as autopsy techniques. There is dedicated teaching around intra-operative assessment, and acute specimen handling. This stage also introduces all trainees to the concepts required to understand the principles that underpin molecular testing in pathology, and personalized care.
Core (~2.5 years)
This stage represents the bulk of residency training. We offer sub-speciality training in all areas of surgical pathology, including paediatrics and neuropathology. While some teaching is quite structured (ex. Cytology is three rotations), other areas are extremely flexible and tailored to individual resident needs (as determined from the annual MOCK-exam and RISE exam) as well as career aspirations.
Transition to Practice (~ 12 months)
For most residents, this stage will follow a resident having had taken the Royal College Examination. This stage involves performing at the level of a staff pathologist in surgical pathology, cytology, autopsy pathology, and lab management. When possible and in the resident's interest, this year can be modified to offer a 'mini-fellowship' to best train residents for up-coming fellowships or community practice.
Residents in our program have spent between 6 to 12 periods in research. All residents participate in a formal research project as part of his/her training, and a scholarly project resulting in a publication or presentation at the national level is one of the residency requirements. Research can also be done longitudinally throughout the training. There are numerous faculty members actively involved in basic and clinical research. A Research Committee is in place (and reports to the residency training program) to facilitate involvement in research projects.
In addition to the experiential day-to-day training with formal rounds at each teaching hospital, there is a formal teaching program consisting of weekly half-day teaching sessions throughout the academic year (covering from formal longitudinal epidemiology teaching, sub-specialty topics, QA, journal club, and wellness).
We have a scientific lecture series which features diverse scientists from around the world. When possible, these speakers present 'round the scope sessions with the residents as well.
Every year features a distinguished invited speaker to the 'Finlayson annual resident research day'. This meeting features interactive slide sessions and didactic lectures from the speaker as well as residents and graduate students.
Quick Facts and Strengths of Program
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: Applying competency-based practices to residency education
To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada. This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.
CBD will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.
The Royal College anticipates that all specialty and subspecialty programs in Canada will adopt CBD in gradual phases. All disciplines have been divided into seven cohort groups, each of which will adopt CBD at different times. It is anticipated that national implementation of CBD within certain, individual programs could begin as early as July 2017 - with more disciplines to following in subsequent years.
All programs implementing CBD will continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees in both CBD and traditional programs will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.
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