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Can anyone shed any light on what exactly an enrichment year entails. From what I understand it is an unfunded year following your final year in med school that you can use to accumulate additional research or experience.


Do you have to decide upon committing to an enrichment year before CaRMS matching is complete, or could you decide after you went 'unmatched' to your specialty of choice?

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To be honest, I don't know a lot about this.


My understanding is that it an sometimes used post-UNmatch whereby, at least at UWO, you pay full tuition but don't have any classes.


BUT. . . paying tuition for a year includes you under the school's student malpractice coverage - which means you can spend the year doing elective rotations in whatever specialty you want to match to.


My understanding is, though, this is risky as reentrants to the Canadian match, if you look at the CaRMS stats, don't do exceptionally well (though I have heard examples which show some DO match to competitive spots so it's not hopeless.)


An alternate strategy would be to take time off between 3rd and 4th year. I know of one past UWO student (not class of 2005) who did this, partly because they didn't know what they wanted to match to. They ended up volunteering for the year in Africa, as a medical student, acquired some additional medical experience and ended up doing well in the match.


That's my impression of the electives year phenomenon, but I am by no means an expert.

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I don't know much about it either.. but there's some stuff about it from the Ottawa calendar:


Enrichment Year-Post 4th Year

Undergraduate Medical Education


An enrichment year during the undergraduate medical program

provides students with unique opportunities to pursue additional

experiences complementary to their education in Medicine. It

allows as students to pursue areas of interest in greater depth, and

to gain further expertise and skills in advance of graduation. The

enrichment year also allows students to pursue a greater number

of clinical experiences in advance of career selection.

The Enrichment Year when taken after the completion of Year 4,

consists of a minimum of 30 weeks of supervised and evaluated

training at a site or sites approved by the Faculty of Medicine.

Acceptable international training sites are those which are

recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).



1. To provide enhanced training in areas of special interest relevant

to the future practice of medicine. This training may take the

form of basis or clinical science electives or a research year, and

may be taken locally or abroad.

2. To provide students with a broader range of clinical experiences

which would enhance career selection.

3. To allow students to master a wider variety of competencies that

are not currently accommodated with the undergraduate



Student may enroll in an enrichment year following the successful

completion of the fourth year of medical studies. Students who do

an enrichment year following the fourth medical year would take

the LMCC exam at the end of the enrichment year.

Students interested in doing an enrichment year are to consult with

either Assistant Dean: Dr. Linda Peterson (Anglophone students) or Dr. Brigitte Bonin (Francophone students). Enrichment is

limited to 10% students per class. A faculty advisor must be

identified to guide the students in their choice in giving ideas

about what might be included in the year given their interests.



When approval has been received from the Assistant Dean, the

student will register to course ELE 3951 for the appropriate 3

sessions (i.e., fall, winter, summer) and pay the full tuition fee (for

2 sessions) – Same tuition fee is paid as students entering 4th

year. This allows students full privileges, including eligibility for

bursaries and loans. The year of study is the same as the last year

completed. The appropriate electives forms must also be completed

with the following information (supervisor’s name, hospital

address, number of weeks, dates of electives) and submitted to the

electives coordinator, currently Julie Clavelle. She can be contacted

via e-mail address (elective@uottawa.ca) or at 562-5800 X 8126.


Upon submitting original receipts, an amount up to a maximum of

70% of the paid tuition fee may be reimbursed for valid expenses

incurred, i.e., transportation, housing (not meals), registration fees

at host training center, course fees. Should you require assistance

relating to reimbursement, Karine Barthelemy will be directing you

on how to reclaim legitimate expenses.


A passing grade will be granted upon proof of having successfully

completed a 30-week program. André Purdy, the elective

Coordinator must receive all elective(s) evaluations and/or reports

confirming research activities. Standard evaluation elective forms

can be used to this effect. Failure to provide the office with the

required documentation will result in a failing grade which will

appear on the transcript and may appear in the Dean’s Letter.


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