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7 Steps for Internationally Trained Medical Doctors to Work in Canada

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: April 1, 2021 Category: Blog

Are you an internationally trained Medical Doctor looking to continue your career in Canada? Medical Doctors have plenty to consider before they can return to practicing. Continue reading to learn about the common steps.

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Step 1:

Determine if Canada will recognize your medical degree. You can do this by checking the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Step 2:

Create your Physicians Apply account. You will need this account to submit documents and apply for official testing. The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) is a required test for anyone who wants to practice in Canada. In addition, we recommend that you take practice tests to better prepare yourself. Practice tests will help you get familiar with the types of questions you may encounter on the actual test. Moreover, keep in mind the fees for taking the practice and actual test.

Step 3:

Using your Physicians Apply account, submit your medical credentials for verification. Once verified, your credentials will be permanently stored with the Medical Council of Canada’s Physician Credentials Repository. In other words, this online database will display your international medical credentials. As a result, your credentials are shared with provincial regulatory bodies and other organizations in the Canadian medical system.

Step 4:

After submitting your credentials, the next step is to take the MCCQE Part 1 test. This test 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 Physicians Apply account.

Step 5:

Any international medical graduate who wishes to apply for a Canadian residency program will need to take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam. This is a one-day examination that will assess your readiness for a residency program. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there are currently no tests. Visit the Medical Council of Canada’s website for more updates.

Part 6:

All international and Canadian medical graduates are required to take the MCCQE Part 2 in order to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Depending on provincial regulatory bodies, you will need an LMCC to practice. Applicants must have passed the MCCQE Part 1 before they can take this test.

Step 7:

Those who are seeking a provincial license in order to practice independently should consider joining a Practice-Ready Assessment (PRA) program. In this practical assessment, candidates work under supervision and evaluation over 12 weeks. Above all, the focus of a PRA program is to provide rural and remote locations with qualified professionals. The program is available in seven provinces including Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Looking for more advice?

Internationally trained Medical Doctors have other ways to licensure in Canada. Check with your local medical regulatory body to review your options.

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