University of Manitoba - Dermatology - Winnipeg

2023 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on December 07, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited through joint institutional agreement

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Marni Wiseman
Section of Dermatology 
336a- 820 Sherbrook Street 
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1R9
University of Manitoba
City of Winnipeg

Program Contacts

Tammy Posillipo
Program Administrator

Important Information

The University of Manitoba and University of Toronto are offering a conjoined training position in Dermatology.

The successful candidate will complete the first 24 months of training (PGY1&2) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, completing extensive training in Internal Medicine and other subspecialties,  according to Royal College training requirements. The remainder of the training (PGY3–5 Dermatology portion) will be completed in the Dermatology Program at the University of Toronto.

The Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation, which is mandatory, will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

Return of Service

Applicants accepted in the Dermatology program will be required to sign a five (5) year return of service agreement with Manitoba Health.


General Instructions

Program application language: English


Supporting Documentation / Information

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.
Document must be notarized/certified
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 Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Notarized/certified photocopied proof of citizenship must be provided. Photocopies are accepted but citizenship documents other than what is listed above are not accepted

Language proficiency
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

Language Proficiency
English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.


  • If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Successfully completed English language proficiency tests do not have statute of limitations.

Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing if their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the below countries that have English as a first and native language:

List of countries that have English as a first and native language: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands – Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

 Please note the following:

  • Photocopies are acceptable.

Language Proficiency results will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.

Reference documents
Number requested: 2

Two reference letters are required, but up to three will be accepted from physicians who have worked with the applicant. See selection criteria. Please make every effort to have referees include an email contact in their letter of reference. References should attest to your interest and proficiency in the specialty as well as include comments on exemplary interpersonal skills.

Additional documents
Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : 1000

Personal Letter - A personal letter expressing academic and career goals, dermatology interests, and experiences is required. Maximum word count: 1,000 (no minimum requirement)


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Medical School Transcript 

Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:

  1. Obtain your medical transcript from your school and upload it directly to your CaRMS Online account. Follow your school’s policy regarding accessing or requesting your transcript;
  2. Ask your medical school to upload your medical transcript through their CaRMS Undergraduate Portal account; or
  3. International (IMGs) and United States (USMGs) medical graduates can transfer their transcript from their account.

Medical Student Performance Record 

For current year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), there is no action required from you. Your medical school will automatically submit your MSPR to CaRMS on your behalf for you to assign.
If your MSPR is in a language other than the program language of English or French, you are required to have the document translated.

Custom Résumé / CV 

CASPer exam 

Your CASPer assessment result is sent directly to CaRMS from Altus approximately one week prior to the application deadline. Please ensure that you give Altus permission to share your results with CaRMS.
The CASPer assessment is only valid for one admissions cycle. If you have taken the assessment in a previous year, you are expected to re-take it. To register for the CASPer assessment visit

Conditionally required
Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

Please provide your Undergraduate Bachelor Degree transcript

Optional - will be reviewed
Graduate Transcript (Master/PhD Degree) 

Only required if you have completed a Master and/or PhD degree.

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 10, 2023

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 10, 2023

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 10, 2023



  • February 12, 2023
Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.

Date: February 12, 2023

Notification/Invitation: Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.

Details regarding the interview process:

Interviews for dermatology will be program-initiated. All applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and scored by a minimum of 8 reviewers with emphasis on the following criteria: outstanding academic record; quality of personal letter; quality of references; evidence of proficiency with CanMEDs competencies; elective experiences (see Electives Criteria); interpersonal skills; publications and presentations; extra-curricular involvement; and experience in research. The top ranked candidates will then be invited for an interview. Interviews will occur in a virtual format, details TBA. The inclusion/exclusion process will not be discussed with applicants after interview selections are made. The selection process will also not be discussed with interviewees after the CaRMS match.




Selection Criteria

1. A superior academic record demonstrating special proficiency in subjects related to our specialty.

2. Candidates should have a proven interest in our specialty, demonstrated by at least one elective in Dermatology and
electives in related fields.

3. Two references are required. Three reference will be accepted.  Where possible, you are encouraged to obtain one reference from academic
specialists in Dermatology, attesting to your interest and proficiency in the specialty, as well as comments on exemplary
interpersonal skills.  If submitted 3 reference, at least one reference should be from a physician who is not a dermatologist.

4. Candidates with an interest and/or proven experience in research, either at the level of basic science or clinical research,
are encouraged to apply.

5. A list of all elective rotations completed in medical school is required (stated within the e-CaRMS AWS).

6. Transcripts of ALL university courses taken are required (undergraduate, medical school and graduate studies if

Elective Requirements:
We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our specialty.

On-Site Elective:
We do not require applicants to have done on-site electives.



Program goals

The goal of the joint Dermatology Residency Program at the University of Manitoba and University of Toronto is to provide an outstanding, broadbased education in dermatology. Established in Toronto in 1964 to enable medical school graduate physicians to receive specialty training in dermatology, it is the largest such faculty in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Clinical education encompasses both medical and surgical approaches to skin disorders in a diverse population.

We are excited to combine training at both sites to accomplish these goals.


Selection process goals

Successful applicants will possess the skills to obtain a broad-based education in dermatology. In general, these skills include being organized, responsible, reliable, and professional. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are highly valued. Interest and experience in research and/or teaching are also beneficial. Successful applicants will possess skills suited for lifelong learning, teamwork, and interprofessional collaboration. They will also benefit from good visual competency as well as having some facility in procedural medicine. Successful candidates will be trained to provide compassionate high quality patient care and contribute meaningfully to the program, University, and profession. We aim to train dermatologists who reflect the diversity of the Canadian population and who will work in a variety of community and/or academic environments, in geographic locations across the country.

File review process

Review team composition : Review team composition: Program Directors from University of Toronto and University of Manitoba, Division Director, 6–8 members of faculty, Chief Resident(s)

Average number of applications received by University of Toronto program, in the last five years: 51–200
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews: 26–50 %

As the joint University of Manitoba/University of Toronto program is relatively new, there are no available applicant stats for the University of Manitoba.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
No applicable stats for University of Manitoba

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %
No applicable stats for University of Manitoba

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Overview of applicant educational and work experience
Electives Interest in dermatology, exploration of other fields
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular We do not evaluate this file component.
Leadership skills Evidence of leadership
MSPRs Evidence of excellent medical student performance
Personal letters Evidence of commitment to dermatology, motivations, and written communication skills
Reference documents Objective assessements of applicant suitability for discipline and program
Research/Publications Evidence of ability to be involved with and complete research
Transcripts Evidence of academic excellence
Other file component(s) CASPer results – as required by the University of Manitoba

Elective criteria

We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted candidates’ opportunities to arrange and complete electives and would like to reassure you that a lack of elective activity this year will not negatively impact your application to our program.

We acknowledge and will take into consideration the challenges the pandemic has created regarding elective experiences.

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 Evidence of collaborative ability
Collegiality Evidence of collegiality
Communication skills Demonstration of communication skills
Health advocacy Evidence of health advocacy
Interest in the discipline Evidence of interest in discipline
Interest in the program Evidence of interest in our specific program
Leadership skills Evidence of past leadership skills which may carry forward
Professionalism Demonstration of professionalism
Scholarly activities Evidence of previous scholarship
Other interview component(s) Interviews will be conducted virtually. Details TBA. The offered virtual interview on the assigned day must be attended as no other interview days are available.

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



Quick Facts (Winnipeg)

a. There are 14 part-time faculty in the Section of Dermatology in Manitoba. Many of these members participate in resident education.

b. The University of Manitoba provides residents with access to electronic medical resources.

c. There are monthly academic meetings for the section, which the resident would be a part of.

Quick Facts (Toronto)

a. There are thirteen full-time faculty in the Division of Dermatology and Division of Pediatric Dermatology with full-time staff at each of the major teaching sites. There are many major part-time faculty that participate regularly in resident teaching.

b. The Division supports a full academic day (Fridays) for PGY3–5 and a half-day (Fridays) for PGY1 and PGY2 residents.

c. All residents are funded to attend continuing medical education events within the Division (Toronto Psoriasis Day, Robert Lester Post-graduate Day, Pediatric Dermatology Day, Women's Dermatology Day, etc.).

d. The University of Toronto provides residents with access to electronic medical resources.

e. There are no mandatory rural rotations in our Program; community rotations in Dermatology are a component of the PGY2 and PGY5 years.

f. Research Requirement: see Program Curriculum.


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.

This program residency is five year(s) as per Royal College guidelines.

The goal of the joint Dermatology Residency Program at the University of Toronto and University of Manitoba is to provide outstanding, broad-based education in dermatology.

PGY1 and 2 years will be composed of extensive training in internal medicine and subspecialty medicine, which will occur at the University of Manitoba teaching sites, with the exception of tropical medicine. Residents in PGY1 and PGY2 will participate virtually in the academic half day at the University of Toronto whenever possible.

First and second years consist of 13 blocks, each 4 weeks in duration.


The detailed rotations are:


PGY1 Rotations (University of Manitoba)



Location / Notes

Ward Medicine 

8 weeks

Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital, Grace Hospital 

Emergency Medicine 

4 weeks 

 Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital, Grace Hospital 

Peds CTU/Emerg/Clinic

8 weeks

Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface, Community clinics

Infectious Disease

8 weeks 

Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital


8 weeks

Health Sciences Centre


4 weeks 

Various Dermatology clinics


4 weeks

Health Sciences Centre

Outpatient Clinic Experience l

4 weeks

Various Dermatology clinics


4 weeks



PGY2 Rotations (University of Manitoba)



Location / Notes

Plastic Surgery 

8 weeks

Health Sciences Centre

Peds Allergy  

4 weeks 

Health Sciences Centre


8 weeks 

Various Dermatology clinics

Allergy and Immunology

4 weeks 

Health Sciences Centre

Pediatric Rheumatology

4 weeks 

Health Sciences Centre

Outpatient Clinic Experience ll

4 weeks

Various Dermatology clinics


4 weeks

Health Sciences Centre

Tropical Medicine

4 weeks



4 weeks 

Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital

Medical Genetics

4 weeks



4 weeks




PGY3–5 (University of Toronto)

Three years of dedicated resident training in dermatology. This includes:

**All residents attend weekly case conferences and quarterly case conference meetings of the Toronto Dermatological Society.**



Location / Notes

General Clinical Dermatology including inpatient and outpatient exposure 

15 months 

Sunnybrook (6 months); Toronto Western Hospital (3 months); Women's College Hospital (3 months); Selective (3 months). 

Pediatric Dermatology 

4.5 months 

Hospital for Sick Children 


6 months 

Women's College Hospital (3 months); Sunnybrook Hospital (3 months) 

Dermatologic Surgery 

3 months 

Women's College Hospital 

Elective or Dedicated Research Time

6 months 

 Various sites

Community Clinics 

1.5 months 


Senior Resident Clinic (concurrent in PGY4 or PGY5 years)

3–12 months

Sunnybrook; Toronto Western Hospital; Women's College Hospital or Hospital for Sick Children



All residents are encouraged to participate in research and will have 3 months in the PGY4 year and 3 months in the PGY5 year that can either be dedicated towards research or elective time. Selective and Community blocks can also be applied to research. Research projects may encompass anything from Basic Science to Clinical and Health Systems Research. Key areas of expertise within the Faculty include: molecular medicine and health systems research/epidemiology, and quality assurance. The resident will meet with either the Research Director (for Research projects) and/or the Program Director (for electives) a minimum of 6 months prior to the start of the rotation.



PGY1 and PGY2 - Please note: These sessions are hosted virtually through the University of Toronto. Residents have a protected full academic day for the first 5 weeks at the start of each academic year. This time involves a dermatology boot camp focusing on staff-led lectures and workshops on core aspects of dermatology as well as participation in City-wide Rounds. After this introductory course, the protected academic time shifts to an academic half-day that focuses on City-wide Rounds, CanMEDs competencies, and a longitudinal staff-led lecture series and workshop over the two years. This includes topics in morphology, differential diagnoses, and disease management. 

PGY3 to PGY5 residents participate in a full academic day weekly, which includes morphology sessions, topic reviews, dermatopathology, City-wide Rounds, journal club and various topics focusing on CanMEDs competencies. Additional seminar series include weekly basic sciences rounds and monthly dermatologic surgery workshops. In addition, each teaching site conducts its own Patient or Dermatopathology Rounds and seminar teaching.

Residents are encouraged to attend clinical scientific meetings in Canada, the United States, and abroad.

Training Sites

PGY 1–2: Winnipeg

The Division includes various clinical rotations within Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface General Hospital and various dermatology clinics within the city of Winnipeg. Specific details will be provided as a resident is scheduled.


PGY 3–5: Toronto

The Division of Dermatology includes four main teaching sites: Sunnybrook, Women's College, University Health Network (Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre), and The Hospital for Sick Children.

Multidisciplinary specialty clinics are held at Sunnybrook, Women's College, the Hospital for Sick Children, and Toronto Western Hospital. Plastic surgeons, dermatologists, radiation and medical oncologists, and dermatopathologists work together to optimize therapy for patients in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, pigmented lesion, and skin cancer clinics. In the Adverse Drug Reaction Clinic, clinical pharmacologists, immunologists, and dermatologists collaborate to solve difficult clinical problems. In the epidermoloysis bullosa clinic, multiple specialties work with the pediatric and wound care dermatologists to optimize patient care. Other combined specialty clinics include the childhood morphea clinic, the childhood CTCL clinic, melanoma clinic, genodermatoses clinic, and the occupational health clinic.

Additional Information

PGY 1 and 2 residents will be required to complete a series of web based modules of PGME Core curriculum courses, as part of their residency program curriculum. 



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