PRAMS FAQ

Am I eligible to participate in PRAMS?
  • All applicants must have graduated or be graduating from a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs-accredited faculty of pharmacy or otherwise be eligible for licensure in a Canadian province
  • All applicants must abide by the policies and rules of the matching service
  • Please note that some programs may have different eligibility requirements and entrance criteria. It is a good idea to research or reach out to the programs to which you wish to apply to determine whether you meet their criteria For more information about eligibility, please visit this page: https://cshp-scph.ca/eligibility
How much does it cost to use PRAMS?
  • Applicants must pay a $100 registration fee to use PRAMS, plus a $25 fee for each program applied to
  • Anyone applying to one or more programs in British Columbia must pay an additional $50 fee
  • Please note that PRAMS fees are non-refundable
How does the Match algorithm work? Can you tell me how I should rank applicants/programs?
  • An explanation of how the Match algorithm works is available on the CPRB website here: https://cshp-scph.ca/match. The Match works 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 receive their most preferred position possible
  • Both applicants and programs should rank their choices based solely on their true preferences, in order of most to least preferred. You can find more information about the ranking process here https://cshp-scph.ca/ranking
  • For some visual examples, visit the ‘Match – Explained’ webpage here: https://cshp-scph.ca/match-explained
What kind of educational records do I need for my application?
  • For your application to be considered complete, you must include a record of your pharmacy degree, including a graded transcript
  • You may also include a record of your high school and/or undergraduate education, but these are not required
My name includes special characters. Can I use these characters in file names of documents uploaded to PRAMS?
  • We are making efforts this year to ensure that special characters will be accepted by the PRAMS system and will not corrupt any documents. That said, we do recommend that all applicants review their documents after uploading them to ensure that they have been uploaded correctly and without issue
Is there anything I can do to boost my application?
  • One of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for PRAMS is to take the Pharmacy Residency Application Roadmap course, hosted by CSHP. You can find out more about this course here: https://cshp-scph.ca/cshp-pharmacy-residency-application-roadmap
  • Past participants in this course noted that they felt better prepared and that they had a better understanding of the application process than their peers who had not completed the course
How fierce is the competition for residency positions?
  • The PRAMS process is quite competitive. On average, roughly 1/3 of applicants successfully secure residency positions
How many references do I need?
  • All applicants need to submit three references
  • When you add your referees to PRAMS, the system will send them an email requesting that they submit a reference. It is important that you ensure that your referees submit their references on time, as your application will be deemed incomplete if it does not include all three references
  • Find more information about references here: https://cshp-scph.ca/references
I’m finished my application. How do I submit it?
  • You do not need to take any action to submit your application once it is finished. The system will automatically gather your details on PRAMS closing day. That said, we will be adding a feature whereby applicants can ‘lock’ their applications once they’re finished editing them, to help ensure that accidental edits are not made
Can I make changes to my application after closing day?
  • The PRAMS system will allow you to access your information and make changes after closing day, however, these changes will not make it to the programs that you applied to; programs receive copies of applicants’ information on closing day, and cannot view changes made to applications after closing day
Where will the Match results be posted?
  • The Match results will be posted on the PRAMS website on Match Day. You will not receive an email notification

 

For further questions or comments please contact Vanessa Glasby, CPRB Coordinator at vglasby@cshp.ca