The Match

After the national match by PRAMS is complete, programs are free to recruit for remaining positions from any resource. All programs are asked to notify the CPRB of all accepted positions (i.e., both through the national match, and by other means) by March 1, 2022.

PRAMS performs a computerized match according to an “applicant-proposing algorithm”; i.e., it matches first according to the applicants’ choices and secondly according to the programs’ choices. The result of the match is that each applicant and each program receives their most preferred position possible. For more information, see The Match Explained.

Vacant positions. Sometimes, vacant positions will remain after the match, and some applicants will be left unmatched. Information regarding unmatched applicants is provided to programs with unfilled positions. Programs will contact unmatched applicants to fill available positions.

Obligation to accept the match. If, for some reason, the match becomes undesirable for either the candidate or the program, then both parties should meet at the earliest possible moment to discuss the issue(s). There is no obligation to accept the residency program or the applicant. However the decision to decline a residency applicant or position should be made only for exceptional circumstances and must be carefully considered. After the match the program has “lost out” on all subsequent potential applicants that it has ranked. Thus, the program is significantly disadvantaged in acquiring “the next best match”.

The Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board is responsible for establishing the policies of the matching service and for monitoring the implementation of the matching service. Administration and conduct of the CPRB residency matching service is carried out by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (National) on behalf of the CPRB.