Program application language: English
Thank you for your interest in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Western University) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program. Our program welcomes all interested applicants to read through the application information carefully, and contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have additional questions. Please ensure your applications are completed by the due date specified by the CaRMS website, so that we can review and send out interview requests in a timely fashion.
Proof of current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by File Review Opening Date (January 10, 2023). (Photocopies acceptable). No other forms of verification are acceptable:
Three letters of reference are required.
Current CVMedical School Transcript
Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:
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.
A personal letter is required. This should outline the candidate's interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation and answer the following questions: "What has attracted you to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation? What attracts you to Western University program specifically? What are your eventual career goals? Describe your personal strengths, weaknesses, experiences and career goals."
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
The goal of the Western PM&R Residency program is to train well qualfied physatrists who will be able to:
The goal of our selection process is to select an applicant who:
Review team composition : Interview committee:
- Chaired by the Program Director (PD) with general members including a number of PMR faculty as appointed by the PD
- The committee will include at least one (1) PMR resident
- The make up of the committee will be re-evaluated annually at the discretion of the PD.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||Demonstration of a well rounded applicant with relevant PMR-related experiences|
|Electives||We do not consider elective choice as a screening measure for interviews|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||Engagement in activities outside of medicine (work-life balance).|
|Leadership skills||Highlighting areas in which the applicant demonstrated leadership qualities|
|MSPRs||Completion of all requirements|
|Personal letters||Applicants knowledge of PMR and insight into whether PMR is a good fit for their skills|
|Reference documents||Support for career choice from a number of physicians with knowledge of PMR|
|Research/Publications||The quality and quantity of research experience|
|Transcripts||Highlighting any areas of strength or weakness in applicants prior studies|
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure or unforeseen circumstances.
|Collaboration skills||Demonstrated skill in collaborative activities in the past|
|Collegiality||General ease of communication and interaction|
|Communication skills||Ability to articulate and describe simple and complex concepts|
|Health advocacy||Knowledge of areas of advocacy for our patient populations typically seen in PMR|
|Interest in the discipline||Demonstrates knowledge of Physiatry|
|Interest in the program||Awareness of London, Western and PMR|
|Leadership skills||Discussion of prior leadership roles|
|Professionalism||Consistent history of professional behaviour|
|Scholarly activities||Discussion of areas of exceptional academic achievement|
|Other interview component(s)||
• Virtual Mini-interviews (ex. 20-30 min each x 3) involving a number of PMR faculty and/or residents.
• Candidates will also meet with the residents virtually for a Q and A session about the program.
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.
Residency Training Program Start Date - All programs at Western commence on July 1, 2023
Transition to Discipline
Foundations of Discipline
Core of Discipline
Transition of Practice
The residents will have to complete at least one scholarly project during their training as stipulated by the Royal College Training Requirements. They will be requested to be actively involved in projects throughout their training. Residents are encouraged to present their research at the CAPMR Annual Scientific Meeting, apply to the Annual CAPMR Resident Research Contest, and attend and present at other conferences.
The residents have dedicated space with workstations and computer access. All residents are provided with an e-mail address and have internet access. There is an onsite medical library.
"Is physiatry right for me?"
This is a great question that you should ask yourself prior to your interview. If you have a strong interest in neurology, orthopedics, and musculoskeletal medicine, and very much enjoy working in collaboration with others to maximize patients' function and quality of life; this might be the right area of medicine for you.
"How many residency positions do you have this year?"
We have two (2) residency positions for the 2023 CaRMS match. As of July 2023 we will have 7 residents across all years of training, plus the possibility of one or two fellows.
"What is it like to live in London, Ontario?"
It's awesome! Although many factors go into whether someone feels at home in any city, the combination of the vibrant medical community, ease of travel, fantastic cultural festivals, beautiful scenery, and a very good cost of living, make London an excellent place to live and learn during residency. Check out https://www.londontourism.ca/ for more details.
"What can I expect during my interview?"
Our faculty, residents, and administration look forward to CaRMS time each year! It's our opportunity to meet all of you and come together to highlight some of the things that make our program truly special. Normally, you would have an opportunity to tour Parkwood Institute and meet the residents, faculty, and staff. This year we will have "Virtual Townhall Sessions" where you can meet our team prior to the interviews. Please contact Deb McLaughlin for details (email@example.com). I know interviews can be stressful. See the INTERVIEW section/tab for more details.
"Do you actually read my CaRMS application, personal statement and reference letters?"
Yes, we actually read your application. Thank you in advance for all your hard work. Please read through each section and ensure your application is complete as we will use it during our selection process.
"I have a question that isn't answered on the site. Who do I contact?"
Feel free to contact us with any questions and inquiries our Program Admin; Deb McLaughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) is here to help.