Career Planning Advice

Training Programs


Absolutely essential reading for all medical students, preferable well before 4th year.

Program descriptions for programs in the R-1 Main Residency Match are provided here and can be viewed by Discipline or by University. Here, you will find program specific information for training in each discipline, including approximate number of available residency positions, curriculum structure, training sites, and links to individual program websites.

If interested, you can also read descriptions of the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Subspecialty programs, as well as the Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine programs.

FREIDA Online®


This is a searchable database of all available residency positions in the US, with details about number of available positions, training sites, and links to individual program websites.

Take 3 minutes and create a free AMA account and this information will be at your fingertips.



Doximity's Residency Navigator combines their feedback with objective data on residency programs across 27 specialties, and "alumni outcomes" analysis from analyzing the CVs and career paths of all U.S. physicians.

You can also browse a directory of U.S. residency programs by specialty or institution.

Free for medical students (full access requires making a free account)

AAFP Program Database


Family Medicine specific content.

The AAFP offers the only comprehensive residency directory that allows you to search family medicine residency programs by location, community setting, residency program type, program size, and more.

Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Programs

While there isn't one single database of all these programs, you can easily find the relevant information by searching ("PGY3" + "university name").

For a start:

  • McGill's offerings are here
  • Toronto's offerings are here
University / Program websites

While CaRMS provides a central database of all you need to know about a program, you can sometimes find some more detail on individual program websites.

  • As an example, McGill's Family Medicine program website provides a useful "resident Study Guide" not found on CaRMS.
  • Ottawa's Family Medicine program website provides more details on a number of curriculum details and objectives
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