1. CONSIDER MEDICAL SCHOOL. I think that the best way for a foreign national to practice medicine here is to go to medical school here. However, this is not very easy as getting admission into a medical school is extremely competitive. Moreover, I imagine that the costs of medical education for foreigners might be very costly. There are currently seventeen medical schools in Canada and they usually require that you have an undergraduate degree and sit for the MCAT. For a full list of medical schools in Canada, please click HERE. If you don’t mind going back to school for ONLY two years, you can also apply for a 2-year medical school/clinical clerkship and you automatically become a Canadian medical graduate when you complete it. These programs are listed below:
2. COME HERE AFTER COMPLETING A POST-GRADUATE TRAINING OR AFTER SOME EXPERIENCE AS A GP. As a specialist, you have a higher chance of practicing medicine here and you might be eligible to sit for three exams: The ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS OF CANADA exams, PRACTICE READINESS ASSESSMENT (PRA) and the Medical Council of Canada’s Therapeutics Decision Making (TDM) exam. The TDM is only required for IMGs interested in family medicine. Please also take note that this route has more opportunities for doctors with family medicine training. In some countries, family medicine is not really a specialty, so if you have recency of practice and at least 24 – 36 months of post-graduate experience in general practice, you might be eligible for this assessment. You will need to contact the PRA program in your province to determine your eligibility. Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia currently accept experienced GPs. Alberta only accepts family physicians who have official Family Medicine training.
followed preceded by the provincial PRA. Read more about it Here. When you have passed the PRA and received a license from your province, then the next step is to go challenge the Royal Exams.
The following sites provide more information on Provincial PRA programs:
- NAC-PRA: A list of provincial PRA programs
- Manitoba – IMG pathways
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia – IMGs
- SIPPA – Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment
Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination ( MCCEE) Also, take note that the last session of the MCCEE will be written in November 2018.
- After passing the NAC-OSCE
and MCCEE, you are almost eligible to apply for a residency program but you must first scale the IELTS. You MUST have a minimum of 7 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- After passing the NAC-OSCE
- After the interview, you are expected to rank all your interviewed programs in order of preference.
- Alberta Clinical and Surgical Assistant Program
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
- Clinical Assistants Manitoba
If my description above seems looks too complicated, check out this diagram:
*Edited on 1st December 2018*