Anesthesiology resident selection: identifying mandate and selection criteria in Saskatchewan

  • Mateen Raazi
  • Jennifer O’BrienEmail author
  • Derrick Williams

To the Editor,

Residency positions in Canada are filled using the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) in an algorithm that matches applicants to residency programs according to rank order lists dually generated by applicants and residency programs. Applicants provide detailed curricula vitae, lists of electives, personal letters, reference letters, transcripts, and medical student performance records (i.e., “Dean’s letters”). Residency programs review applicant files, shortlist applicants, and carry out interviews.

While there are credible indicators for success in medical school, evidence for predictors of success in postgraduate specialty training is limited and conflicting.1-3 The strongest evidence supports the use of academic records, multiple mini-interviews, situational judgement tests, and tests of clinical problem solving as selection tools.3Conflicting or varied evidence exists for aptitude tests, personal statements, some personality traits, and traditional...


Conflicts of interest

None declared.

Editorial responsibility

This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain ManagementUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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