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National Doctor's Day - Steps to Licensure and Qualification in Canada

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National Doctor's Day - Steps to Licensure and Qualification in Canada

Jade Calver

Today is National Doctor's Day. To celebrate, this post will cover the steps to acquiring medical licentiate in Canada. According to the Ontario Medical Association (2018), more than 320,000 patients across Ontario are treated and cared for by doctors every day. In recent months, we have helped numerous doctors immigrate to Canada for work in their field. Today, we will outline the steps required to become licensed and qualified to practice medicine in Canada.

The Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada and the Canadian Medical Register:

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) grants a qualification in medicine, called the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to medical graduates who meet certain criteria. Some of the requirements include:

  • They have passed the MCC Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II (or an acceptable clinical assessment deemed comparable to the MCCQE Part II such as the new Certification Examination in Family Medicine).
  • They have satisfactorily completed at least 12 months of acceptable postgraduate training or an acceptable equivalent.

How can a physician become qualified to become licensed to practice medicine in a Canadian jurisdiction?

  1. Have a medical degree from a medical school that, at the time the candidate completed the program, was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from a school in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; and
  2. Are a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada; and
  3. Have satisfactorily completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in allopathic medicine and an evaluation by a recognized authority; and
  4. Have achieved certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Collège des médecins du Québec.

What steps must an international medical graduate (IMG) take to become licensed to practice medicine in Canada?

  1. Confirm that your medical degree is from a recognized medical school.
  2. Take an online self-assessment exam.Test your readiness for the MCC Evaluating
    Examination (MCCEE) through the MCC Self-Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE-EE).
  3. Submit your credentials with the MCC Physician Credentials Repository. 
    IMGs can use the MCC Physician Credentials Repository to establish a confidential professional electronic portfolio of their credentials prior to arriving in Canada.
    - IMGs who are applying for the first time to the MCCEE must send a copy of their final medical diploma to the MCC Physician Credentials Repository. The diploma must be successfully source verified through the Repository for the candidate to be eligible for the - - Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.
  4. Take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).
    - IMGs must pass the MCCEE to apply for a residency position through the Canadian Resident Matching Service. If IMGs have obtained Canadian or American board specialty certification, they may apply to the MCC for an exemption from the MCCEE.

Is there any criteria specific to qualifying to practice medicine in Ontario?

To practise medicine independently in Ontario, IMGs must hold an Independent Practice certificate of registration issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). To qualify for an Independent Practice certificate, IMGs must have all the required Canadian postgraduate qualifications. These are the core requirements for an Independent Practice certificate:

  1. Degree in medicine from an acceptable medical school.
  2. Part 1 and Part 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) or one of the acceptable alternative examinations.
  3. Certification, by examination, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
  4. Completion in Canada of one year of postgraduate training or active medical practice with pertinent clinical experience.
  5. Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
    - You may also be eligible with a Canadian Work Permit.

The first qualification for any class of certificate issued by the College is for an IMG to have a degree in medicine from an acceptable medical school. An acceptable medical school is one that offers an M.D. or equivalent basic degree in medicine, based upon successful completion of a conventional undergraduate program of education in allopathic medicine, which:

  • teaches medical principles, knowledge and skills similar to those taught in the undergraduate programs of medical education at accredited medical schools in Canada or the USA.
  • includes at least 130 weeks of instructions over a minimum of thirty-six months, and
  • was, at the time of graduation, listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Happy Doctor’s day!

Do you have questions about anything you read here? Are you seeking to become licensed to practice medicine in Canada?

At Calver and Associates, we strive to help you overcome any obstacles to the immigration process. To find out how we can help you, contact us (link to contact form).

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