The Pools Classification Framework

POOL Classifications for Residents

A Source M.D. Medical schools accredited by the LCME (includes all Canadian and many U.S. medical schools)
Legal Status Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant
Funding Group 1, 2 (only PGY2 or higher), 3 (usually PGY2 or higher – PGY1 acceptable for MOTP or other province/territory) or 4 (only PGY2 or higher)
Training Level PGY or Resident
B Source M.D.  not LCME accredited
 Legal Status  Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant
 Funding Group  1, 2 (only PGY2 or higher), 3 (usually PGY2 or higher – PGY1 acceptable for MOTP or other province/territory) or 4 (only PGY2 or higher)
 Training Level PGY or Resident
C Source M.D.  not LCME accredited
 Legal Status  Employment Visa
 Funding Group  4
 Training Level PGY or Resident

 

POOL Classifications for Fellows

D Source M.D.  LCME and non LCME
 Legal Status  Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant (also Employment Visa if U.S. Citizen)
 Funding Group  not 1
 Training Level Fellow
E  Source M.D.  LCME and non LCME
 Legal Status  Employment Visa
 Funding Group  not 1
 Training Level Fellow

 

Following an extensive review of funding sources assigned to individual trainees, it was possible to assign each of these to one of the five defined funding groups as follows:

Group 1  Clinical Education Budget/Ontario Ministry of Health funding
Group 2  Other (non-CEB) Ontario Government Funding
Group 3  Provincial/National Government/Agency Sponsorship, Institutions and Charitable Organizations
Group 4  Foreign Funding Source
Group 5  Fellowship Funding; including Private/Corporate Sponsorship and Clinical Earnings