Program Information

Welcome to the 2-year Pain Medicine Subspecialty Residency Program in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine!

Pain Medicine is a medical subspecialty concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis treatment and rehabilitation of patients with acute and chronic cancer and non-cancer pain.  Candidates certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, or Rheumatology are eligible for certification in Pain Medicine. In addition, entry from the following Royal College accredited disciplines is possible in exceptional cases, with the approval of the Specialty Committee in Pain Medicine: Medical Oncology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, or Palliative Medicine.

Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centered care and service to a diverse population. In all aspects of subspecialist practice the graduate must be able to address issues of gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ethnicity and ethics in a professional manner.

If you are interested in finding out more about our program or resident experience, we would be happy to put you in touch with our resdient representative. If you are interested, please contact


CaRMS Application Process

The application process is administered through the CaRMS [Canadian Residency Match Service] Medicine Subspecialty Match (MSM). The application can be accessed on the CaRMS website available at:

The following timelines are applicable for the upcoming match for the Pain Medicine residency positions starting on July 1, 2021. All interviews will be conducted virtually.

  • July 15, 2020   - Applications OPEN on CaRMS website
  • Aug 11, 2020   - CaRMS application DEADLINE
  • Sept 8 - 5 October 2020 - National interview period
    • University of Ottawa: 
    • University of Toronto: Oct 1, 2020
    • Western University: 
    • McMaster University: 
    • University of British Columbia: 
    • University of Calgary: 
  • October 14, 2020  - Ranklist submission deadline
  • November 4, 2020   - March day results available

NOTE: If you have also applied to the U.S match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible at


Internationally Sponsored Trainees

Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine and sponsoring agencies from the following countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar,
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Prospective sponsoring agencies should contact Shannon Spencer via email at

Applications for residency training from international applicants must reach the PGME Office directly from the sponsoring agency after the signing of a postgraduate training agreement.  The PGME Office forwards the residency application to the appropriate University of Toronto Program Director with verification of sponsorship authority.

For more information,plase visit the PGME- International Residency Applicants website:


Post-Graduate Medical Education

The PGME office offers a wealth of informaiton and guidance on the differnet application streams, visit their webiste for more information:

Univerity of Toronto PGME Video