Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) physicians are responsible for the health of populations or groups rather than with individuals. In conjunction with other health professionals and members of the community, the public health and preventive medicine physician measures the health needs of the community and develops methods of improving levels of health.


For more information on training in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialty, please refer to the PHPM Objectives of Training listed by the Royal College.


Program Application Requirements:

The Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program is an accredited post-graduate training program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. If you are a Canadian medical school graduate (CMG), applications can only be made through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). An official description and application requirements of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program can be found on the CaRMS website.


CaRMS Evaluation Process:

All required documentation listed in the PHPM program description (available through the CaRMS website) must be submitted to CaRMS by the file review deadline. Any missing documentation will disqualify applications from further assessment. All CaRMS applications are initially vetted by file review by a committee of faculty and residents using a standardized rubric. Top scoring candidates from file review are then invited for an interview in January. Interviews are conducted by a different set of faculty and residents with a standardized set of interview questions. File review and interview scores are equally weighted (e.g., 50-50) and combined for a total score out of 100. The file review rubric and interview questions are revisited by the Selection Subcommittee each CaRMS cycle to adhere to the latest best practice recommendations by Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto.


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