HOW TO BECOME A PRACTISING PHYSICIAN IN CANADA
Find out more about the process to become a practising physician in Canada, including how to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of CanadaLogin
Are you thinking about becoming licensed to practise medicine in Canada?
If so, you will need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for full licensure in every province and territory:
- You must hold:
- A medical degree from a school identified by a Canada Sponsor Note in the World Directory of Medical Schools; OR
- A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from a U.S. school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; OR
- A medical degree from a Canadian or U.S. medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools.
- You must be a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.
- You must have completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in allopathic medicine and been evaluated by a recognized authority.
- You must be certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Collège des médecins du Québec.
Source: Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
There are also other routes to licensure in Canada: check with the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory where you would like to practise to review your options.
I am internationally trained. What should I do before coming to Canada?
If you are an international medical graduate or international medical student, there are several steps you can take to begin the process of becoming a practising physician in Canada:
Search the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS) for your medical school. A Canada Sponsor Note for your school must be identified to be accepted in Canada.
The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I is one of the exams you need to pass before you are eligible to practise in Canada. You can test your readiness for the MCCQE Part I by taking the Practice tests.
These tests are designed to help you familiarize yourself with the types of questions you could encounter related to the new Blueprint, as well as the online delivery platform of the MCCQE Part I. Practice test content is created by physicians and experts who have experience with the MCC’s content development process.
Within your physiciansapply.ca account, you can create a portfolio of your medical credentials for easy sharing with provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities and other organizations in the Canadian medical system. Before your credentials can be shared, however, you must first send a copy of your final medical diploma to the MCC for source verification. Note that a fee is charged for each document you submit for source verification.
The MCCQE Part I is a computer-based exam that can be taken at more than 500 test centres around the world. Apply for the MCCQE Part I through your physiciansapply.ca account. If you have not done so already, the system will prompt you to submit a Source Verification Request (SVR) for your final medical degree/diploma (unless you are a student, in which case you will be asked to submit a Student Attestation form as part of your MCCQE Part I application).
What should I do after I come to Canada?
Depending on your career goals and objectives, you might consider doing the following once you have arrived in Canada:
To apply for a residency position, international medical graduates need to pass the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination. This exam is offered only in Canada.
All international and Canadian medical graduates must pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II. After passing the MCCQE Part I, you must submit acceptable proof of postgraduate clinical medical training before applying to Part II. After you pass the MCCQE Part II and meet all other MCC requirements, you will be awarded the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. The MCCQE Part II is only administered in Canada.
If you are looking to get a provisional licence so you can begin independent practice, a practice-ready assessment (PRA) program may be a good option for you. Available in several provinces, this kind of program is designed for internationally trained physicians who have pursued postgraduate clinical medical training abroad. For more information, contact your provincial international medical graduate program.
If you are practising or completing your medical training in Canada, you will need medical liability protection. See the Canadian Medical Protective Association for more information.