After ECFMG certification, physicians wishing to practice medicine in the United States must complete an accredited residency training program in the United States or Canada. This process will take at least 3 years. The doctor will have to follow a residency program regardless of the training received abroad.
A physician who received a basic medical degree from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada that is not accredited by a U.S. accrediting body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or the American Osteopathic Association is considered an International Medical Graduate (IMG).
Preliminary training in the United States is considered an accredited postgraduate training for eligibility to iterate the first R-1 match. Candidates who have completed preliminary training in the United States are therefore not eligible to participate in the first iteration. Must be pre-approved by the Conference of Vice-Deans for Postdoctoral Studies of Quebec Faculties of Medicine;
Qualified International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are a valuable part of the healthcare system. Ontario leads the country in the number of postgraduate medical training positions it provides for IMGs. The province continues to offer 200 new training and assessment positions annually for IMGs. This is more than all other provinces combined.
To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.
Our core Pre-Residency Program (PRP) is mandatory for candidates who have been accepted into a specialty residency training program in Ontario. Completed at Touchstone Institute, PRP takes approximately two to three weeks and consists of the following:
International medical graduates (IMGs) face a difficult battle when seeking medical residency in Canada. IMGs are generally considered to be lower-level candidates solely because of the medical school they attend. However, you can take steps to make yourself more competitive!
When thinking about transitioning your healthcare practice to Canada, many international or foreign-trained physicians pursue alternate career paths as they begin the journey of applying for Canadian medical residency. This may include becoming a clinical or surgical assistant. Unlike medical residency, this is an alternate option in Alberta, for applicants with prior medical backgrounds looking to get started in clinical work.
IMG CPSO: The practice of medicine in Canada is regulated by a medical licensing authority for each province or territory. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) seeking licensure in Canada should contact each licensing authority directly, as registration and credentialing requirements, including the cost of registration, vary from province to province.
The SIPPA program assesses the readiness of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to practice family medicine in Saskatchewan. This program is only open to family physicians. SIPPA is offered three times per year, with up to 24 spots each session – typically in January, May, and September.