If you are thinking about adding a third year of residency to enhance your skills, there are a wide variety of programs to choose from across Canada.
Why do residents choose to pursue extra training through a PGY-3 program?
They have an area of special interest
They plan to devote a portion of their practice to a specific area
They would like more experience in a specific area
They plan to work in a community with a specific health-care need
They want to pursue a Master’s Degree or do extra research in a specific area (e.g., academic family medicine)
PGY-3 Quick Facts
Most PGY-3 years begin July 1 (some programs will make accommodations).
Applications usually open near the end of the summer of PGY-2.
Requirements typically include a cover letter, references, an up-to-date CV, an application form and a letter of support from your program director.
Deadlines for application are usually the end of September of PGY-2.
Emergency Medicine is currently the only program that requires a Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) application.
Programs generally range from three months to one year.
Many programs allow you to design your own PGY-3 program tailored to your learning needs.
Some programs require a Return of Service Agreement (ROSA), which requires, in most cases, a year of service to an underserviced area for a year of funded training.
Tips for a Successful PGY-3 Application
Each university and program has different timelines and requirements, so start researching them early.
Try to arrange an elective in the specialty and/or location of your choice.
Talk to current residents in your program of choice. As them if they are happy with the structure of the program.
Contact the program director by email or in person to ask questions and let them know you are interested in their program. Putting a face to the application can really distinguish you from other applicants.
Certifications at the end of PGY-3 year (12 months) are offered for the following specialties:
Care of the Elderly
Ontario University PGY-3 Program Descriptions
Please see program websites for complete descriptions, number of positions and application timelines.
For program-specific information and exact time-lines please visit www.carms.ca.
Online CaRMS registration usually begins in the August prior to commencement of the program, with final submission of applications at the end of September.
The interview period usually spans a month, in late Fall, with the final match day sometime in mid-December.
Each program requires a personal letter plus three reference letters and a letter of good standing from your program director; some programs also require a CV.
The number of positions at each university can vary each year