Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Details on CFMS Supports for Match Day 2020

April 15, 2020

The CFMS congratulates all Canadian medical students who completed the second iteration R-1 match. You worked hard and the CFMS is proud to have represented you during your medical school journey.

If you did not match and are a CFMS member, we have listed some steps for you to consider. Your Student Affairs and Undergraduate Medical Education offices have been made aware of these supports as well:

1) CFMS Unmatched Peer Mentorship Network: If you wish to be put in touch with a previously unmatched student mentor for one-on-one mentorship and peer support, you may contact the CFMS Director of Education at [email protected] Your confidentiality will be respected.

2) CFMS Matchbook: the 2019-2020 Matchbook is accessible to CFMS members via our website and can be accessed here. It is updated with advice for the unmatched student. More specifically, Section 3.6 “The Unmatched Scenario” is a detailed toolkit put together by the CFMS Unmatched CMG Task Force which is comprised of previously unmatched students.

3) Wellness Supports: We encourage all learners to be in close contact with their Student Affairs offices for comprehensive support during this process. Our website also has PDF documents for all 15 of our member medical schools with information regarding specific wellness related supports that are always available. They can be accessed here.

The Canadian Medical Association has a wellness resource page with information on helplines offered by provincial physician health programs in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. These helplines are available to medical students.

The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario offers a 24-hour helpline available to residents, their partners and family members, as well as medical students. The toll-free number is 1-866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362) and is accessible anywhere in Ontario, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are not matched after the second iteration, you are not alone. There are many resources to help you as you continue along your journey to being a successful physician.

Student Supports and Resources

Match Day can bring complicated emotions and that is normal, regardless of your match status. If you need support, reach out to your loved ones, your student affairs office, or provincial medical association physician support service and know that you are not alone, today or ever.

For school specific wellness resources, please visit the CFMS wellness page.

Please feel free to get in touch with us at any time by emailing the CFMS Director of Education, Rishi Sharma, at [email protected] Your confidentiality will be respected.