Resident doctors frequently transfer from one residency program to another. Residents may transfer for many reasons, including changes in professional interests, evolving personal circumstances, or employment prospects in a particular discipline. Each postgraduate medical education office across Canada has policies in place to guide residents interested in transferring within and between institutions.
After conducting an extensive evaluation of the official PGME resident transfer policies at Canadian faculties of medicine, RDoC has developed a series of national principles that:
- promote flexibility, consistency, and efficiency in the transfer process across individual programs;
- raise resident awareness of the inter- and intra-provincial transfer process; and
- promote transparency among educators, residents, and programs.