As you have your confirmation of permanent residence paperwork in hand or you have already landed in Canada you will now want to focus on how you can continue your career as a doctor in Canada. The process for getting to the point where you can practice medicine in Canada can be a long and frustrating process so you need to stay positive. You will need to check with you province as to the exact process, so you should get in touch with the medical regulatory authority in the province that you live in.Many provinces have specific international medical graduate (IMG) programs.
The four main things an International medical graduate need to do before they can work as a doctor in Canada are below:
- Confirm your medical degree is from a recognized medical school. You can confirm this by taking a look at the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED). Your medical school and qualification must be listed on the directory to be accepted in Canada.
- Practice the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Exam (MCCEE) online to ensure your readiness for the exam.
- Submit your credentials through the Medical Council Canada (MCC) Credentials Repository online, creating an electronic professional portfolio of your credentials.
- Take the MCCEE, which is offered in 80 countries.
For more information on becoming a doctor in Canada, see the MCC website. It is also recommended to contact the regulatory body of the province or territory you wish to move to. The list of the regulatory bodies in each state or territory is as follows:
Alberta – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
British Columbia – College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Manitoba – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
New Brunswick – College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories – Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
Nunavut – Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services, Medical Registration Committee
Ontario – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Prince Edward Island – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
Québec – College des médecins du Québec
Saskatchewan – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Yukon – Yukon Medical Council
Good luck with the process, hopefully you will be able to be a doctor in Canada as quickly as possible.