Among a room full of fourth-year UBC medical students, Katherine Lam smiles as she pulls a white T-shirt from the pile and reaches for a marker on the table.
In block letters, she writes “FAM,” and underneath “Victoria.”
“I matched to UBC’s Family Medicine program in Victoria,” she says. “I’m really excited because it’s a fantastic program with a lot of residents and I am looking forward to being a part of the community, as well as making a positive and direct impact on peoples’ lives.”
On March 1, Lam joined hundreds of other UBC medical students to celebrate the results of the first round of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), which matches MD students with postgraduate training programs across the country.
This year, nearly half (47 per cent) of UBC MD students will be joining Family Medicine residency programs here in B.C. and across Canada. Overall, a large number (95 per cent) of students matched to postgraduate training programs in the first round.