Prospective Residents

CaRMS Applicants

The UBC PHPM Residency Program accepts both first and second round applicants through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Deadline: Please view the CaRMS website for information about deadlines.


Requirements for application to the CaRMS match are standardized across residency programs and available at the CaRMS website.


Biographical Letter

Please consider the following questions when writing your biographical letter:

1. Why are you interested in Public Health and Preventive Medicine?
2. What experiences demonstrate your interest in Public Health and Preventive Medicine?
3. How does PHPM differ from other clinical specialties?
4. What unique qualities can you bring to the program and the specialty?

IMG Applicants

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are welcome to apply to the program in the second CaRMS round, although availability will depend on the number of positions filled in the first round.

IMGs must ensure they meet the following requirements:

• Canadian Permanent Residency or Citizenship
• Medical Degree from an accredited institution
• Eligible for a license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
• Passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam
• Meet English Fluency Requirements:
o TOEFL iBT with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections taken within the past 2 years; or
o IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score no less than 7 taken within the past 2 years; or
o The language of instruction at medical school was English, the primary language of patient care was English, and the first and native language of the country for medical training is English.

For more information, please contact the PHPM program coordinator at