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Issue Six | April 2011



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The information below is geared to international medical graduates (IMGs) looking to begin the process of obtaining a licence to practise medicine in Canada. Individuals are always encouraged to contact the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory in which they would like to practise. They should also contact the international medical graduate program in the province they would like to practise, if such a program exists. We have included links to these organizations on our website here: http://www.mcc.ca/en/links.shtml
There are general steps that IMGs should take before arriving in Canada, and steps they should take after their arrival.

Steps IMGs can take before arriving in Canada

You can start the licensure process from outside Canada by:

  1. Confirming that your medical degree is from a recognized medical school.
  2. Taking an online self-assessment exam.
  3. Submitting your credentials with the Medical Council of Canada's (MCC) Physician Credentials Repository.
  4. Taking the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).
  5. 1. Confirm that your medical degree is from a recognized medical school

    Visit the International Medical Education Directory (IMED): http://www.faimer.org/resources/imed.html, part of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research's (FAIMER) website.

    Your medical school, the name of the medical degree and the year of your graduation must be listed on the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory to be accepted in Canada.

2. Are you exam ready?

IMGs can test their readiness for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) through the Medical Council of Canada Self Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE - EE): http://www.mcc.ca/en/exams/self_admin.shtml

IMGs who take the SAE - EE will receive the number of questions correctly answered as well as a percentile table that compares their performance to the results achieved by other MCCEE candidates.

Fees: C$60 per examination

3. Submit your credentials

IMGs can use the MCC's Physician Credentials Repository to establish a confidential professional electronic portfolio of their credentials prior to arriving in Canada. IMGs can request that the Repository share their portfolio with provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities, certifying and qualifying bodies. The MCC requires IMGs who are applying for the first time to the MCCEE to open an application with the Physician Credentials Repository and send a certified copy of their final medical diploma. The diploma must be successfully source verified through the Repository for the candidate to be eligible to the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.

Fees: To open a Repository account, IMGs are charged a one-time account fee of C$250. C$100 is charged for each of the first four medical documents submitted for source verification. C$60 is charged for each subsequent document.

Note: Document fees are in addition to the account fee.

4. Take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)

IMGs must pass the MCCEE to apply for a residency position through the Canadian Resident Matching Service: http://www.carms.ca

The MCCEE is offered in 500 sites in more than 70 countries. For a list of countries where the MCCEE is offered, please see Prometric centres -- list of countries: http://www.mcc.ca/pdf/prometric_list_of_countries_en.pdf

If IMGs have obtained Canadian or American board specialty certification, they may apply to the Medical Council of Canada for an exemption from the MCCEE.

Fees: First-time MCCEE candidates are charged C$1,500; C$1,300 is charged for IMGs who reapply for the MCCEE.

Note: The MCC requires all first-time MCCEE candidates to open an application with the MCC's Physician Credentials Repository and send a certified copy of their medical diploma.

Exams available once in Canada

All provinces have the right to request additional assessments to qualify for residency positions in their province. These assessments may include the National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE): http://www.mcc.ca/en/NAC/NAC_examination.shtml which is only administered in Canada. Candidates must take the MCCEE before being eligible to take the NAC OSCE, and certain jurisdictions may add region-specific eligibility criteria or may require the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I for certain provincially funded training positions.

IMGs may be required to pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I: http://www.mcc.ca/en/exams/qe1/ and Part II: http://www.mcc.ca/en/exams/qe2 (additional fees apply).

Candidates may also take a self-assessment exam to help prepare for the multiple-choice component of the MCCQE Part I. This self-assessment is offered over the Internet and can be completed prior to arriving in Canada. The MCCQE Part I and the MCCQE Part II are administered in Canada and are the same requirements for graduates from Canadian faculties of medicine. All jurisdictions also require a minimum of two years of postgraduate training for licensure. When IMGs pass the MCCQE Part II, they are awarded the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.

The Licentiate is required for candidates to meet the Canadian Standard for full licensure, as defined through the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada: http://www.fmrac.ca/


We are confident that our QBanks will provide you with the very best preparation for the Medical Council of Canada licensing exams.

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MCCEE
MCCQE Part 1 Testlet
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MCCQE Part 2

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If you are preparing for the MCCEE, the MCCQE Part 1 or the MCCQE Part 2 we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found from feedback from medical students and physicians that this works best.  

The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to see which subject areas you are doing weakest in, and concentrate on improving on those during your revision period. 


 

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QBank for the MCCEE

Subject Number
of MCQs
Medicine 1076
Pediatrics 601
OB/GYN 539
Psychiatry 424
Surgery 346
PMCH 335
Total MCQs in this QBank 3321


QBank:
Testlet QBank for the
MCCQE Part 1

Subject Number
of Cases
Medicine 70
Pediatrics 65
OB/GYN 55
Psychiatry 65
Surgery 66
PMCH 52
Total MCQs in this QBank 363
(Each Case has four MCQs) x 4 =
Total MCQs in this QBank 1452

 


 

QBank:
CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1

Subject Number
of MCQs
Medicine 119
Pediatrics 61
OB/GYN 43
Psychiatry 30
Surgery 37
PMCH 17
Total MCQs in this QBank 307
(Each case has on average two to four questions) x 3 =
Total MCQs in this QBank 921

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Steps to becoming a licensed practicing physician in Canada:

Step 1: Take the exams

Medical Licensing Exams of Canada

Prepare for the exams --> Canada QBank: http://www.canadaqbank.com/

Take the exams --> Medical Council of Canada: http://www.mcc.ca/

Step 2:
Learn as much as you can
about how to be a physician
in Canada

IMG Support Groups and
Information resources

Association of International Medical Doctors of British Columbia
c/o Coordinator, BCITP Net
(British Columbia Internationally Trained Professionals Network)
Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society
1107-7330 137th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A3
Email: bcitp_net@sdiss.org
Tel: (604)-729-6598
Web: http://aimd.bcitp.net

Alberta International Medical
Graduates Association (AIMGA)

1409 Edmonton Trail NE, Suite 205
Calgary, Alberta T2G 3K8
Tel: (403)-520-7730 or
(877)-520-7730
Email: aimga@shaw.ca
Web: http://www.aimga.ca

Association of Foreign Medical Graduates
of Manitoba (AFMGM)

Email: most51@hotmail.com
Tel: (204) 284-8509
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (AIPSO)
2 Carlton Street, Suite 820
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 979-8611
Fax: (416) 979-9853
Email: info@aipso.ca
Web: http://www.aipso.ca

Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals:
http://www.healthforceontario.ca/

Hamilton International
Healthcare Professionals
c/o Settlement and Integration Services (SISO)

360 James Street North, Lower Concourse
Hamilton, ON L8L 1H5
Tel: 905-521-9917 ext 256
Fax: 905-521-9216
Email: hihp@siso-ham.org
Web: http://www.siso-ham.org

Kitchener-Waterloo
c/o Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
46 Mount Hope Street,
Kitchener, ON N2G2J3
Tel: (519) 745-2531 |
Fax: (519) 745-5857
Email: kwmc@kwmc.on.ca
Web: http://www.kwmc.on.ca

London
c/o London Cross Cultural Learner Centre 505 Dundas Street,
London, ON N6B 1W4
Tel: (519) 432-1133
Fax: (519) 660-6168
Email: cclc@lcclc.org
Web: http://www.lcclc.org

Welland/ Niagara-St. Catharines
c/o Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre
26 East Main Street,
Welland, ON L3B3W3
Tel: (905) 732-5337 (Welland)
Tel: (905) 685-1353 (St. Catharines)
Email: whc@on.aibn.com
Web: http://www.wellandheritagecouncil.com

Ottawa
c/o Catholic Immigration Centre
219 Argyle Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K2P2H4
Tel: (613) 232-9634 |
Fax: (613) 232-3660
Email: cic@cic.ca
Web: http://www.cic.ca

Windsor
c/o Windsor-Essex International
Medical Graduates
P.O. Box 27056
7720 Tecumseh Road
East Windsor, ON N8T 3N5
Tel: (519) 991-0763
Email: windsor@aipso.ca

Guelph
c/o Guelph and
District Multicultural Centre
214 Speedvale Avenue West, Unit 7
Guelph, ON N1H1C4
Tel: 519 836 2222
Fax: 519 837 2884
Email: mailbox@gdmc.org
Web: http://www.gdmc.org

Québec,
International Medical Graduates (IMGs): http://www.cmq.org/

Association of International Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia (AIPSNS)
c/o Association of International Physicians
& Surgeons of Nova Scotia
One Research Drive
Dartmouth Nova Scotia B2Y 4M9
Tel: (902) 442-4655
Email: info@ietp-ns.ca
Web: http://www.ietp-ns.ca/association_phys.html

Step 3:
Obtain a residency
(post graduate training
position) in Canada

Specific Programs for
International Medical Graduates

British Columbia:

International Medical Graduates of
British Columbia (IMG-BC) Program

661-1190 Hornby Street Vancouver,
British Columbia
CANADA, V6Z 2K5
Tel: (604) 682-2344 local 62655
Fax: (604) 806-9902
Email: ehchan@providencehealth.bc.ca
Web: http://www.imgbc.med.ubc.ca/
Home.htm


Alberta:


Alberta International Medical
Graduate Program

University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine
Room G212, Health Sciences Centre
3330 Hospital Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1
Tel: (403).210.8184
Fax: (403).210.8166
Email: aimg@ucalgary.ca
Web: http://www.aimg.ca

Calgary Clinical Assistants Program
Southport Tower
10301 Southport Lane SW, #5122
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2W 1S7
Tel: 403 943 0764
Fax: 403 943 0916
Web: http://www.calgaryhealth
region.ca/ccap/


Clinical Opportunities for
International Medical Graduates
in Alberta

IMGCP - International Medical
Graduate
Clinical Preceptorship

IMGSP - International Medical
Graduate Surgical Preceptorship

Capital Health, Medical Affairs

Physician Preceptorship Programs
Suite 500, North Tower,
Capital Health Center
10030 – 107 Street, Edmonton,
AB T5J 3E4
Tel: (780) 735-0702 |
Fax (780) 735-0756
Email: PhysicianPreceptorship@capitalhealth.ca
Web: http://www.capitalhealth.ca/
international


Saskatchewan:

Pilot Project for the
Assessment of IMGs

The College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Saskatchewan

Associate Registrar
211 4th Avenue South
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 1N1
Tel: (306) 244-7355
Email: salteb@shin.sk.ca
Web: http://www.quadrant.net/
cpss/registration/index.html



Manitoba:

Medical Licensure Program for
International Medical Graduates

c/o International Medical Graduates
Program (IMGP)
University of Manitoba Faculty
of Medicine
270 – 727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3P5
Tel: (204) 789-3616
Web: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/
mlpimg/index.html#ensure

Ontario:

CEHPEA: Centre for the
Evaluation of Health
Professionals Educated Abroad

80 Bloor Street West, 9th Floor -
Suite 902
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2V1
Tel: (416) 924-8622 |
Fax: (416) 924-8921
Email: info@cehpea.ca
Web: http://www.cehpea.ca

Quebec:

Reconnaissance d’équivalence
du Diplôme universitaire en
médecine et de la formation
postdoctorale

Collège des médecins du Québec
2170, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, Québec, H3H 2T8
Tel: (514) 933-4441
Toll Free: 1-888-633-3246|
Fax: (514) 933-3112
Email: info@cmq.org
Web: http://www.cmq.org

Recrutement Santé Québec
(Recruitment Health Quebec)

Direction de la main-d’oeuvre
médicale (Medical Workforce
Directorate)

Ministère de la Santé et des
Services Sociaux (Department
of Health and Social Services)

1075, chemin Ste-Foy, 10th floor
Québec (Québec) G1S 2M1
Fax: (418) 266-6978
Email: RSQ.md@msss.gouv.qc.ca
Web: http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/
sujets/organisation/medecine/
rsq/index.php?home


Nova Scotia:

Clinician Assessment for
Practice Program (CAPP)

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Suite 200, 1559 Brunswick St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3J 2G1
Tel: (902) 482-2917
Toll-free (Nova Scotia only):
1 (877) 282-7767 |
Fax: (902) 422-7476
Email: gmacpherson@cpsns.ns.ca
Web: http://www.capprogram.ca


Newfoundland:

Clinical Skills Assessment
and Training (CSAT) Program

Program Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine,
Memorial University of Newfoundland
c/o Western Memorial Regional Hospital
P.O. Box 2005,
Corner Brook,
Newfoundland and Labrador,
A2H 6J7
Email: csat@swgc.mun.ca
Tel: (709) 639-2728
Fax: (709) 634-9175






Step 4:
Obtain a license to practice medicine in Canada

Provincial/Territorial
Licensure Authorities

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of British Columbia

Suite 400, 858 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1C1
Tel: (604)-733-7758 or 1-800-461-3008
Fax: (604)-733-3503 (general)
(604)-694-6104 (registration)
Email: questions@cpsbc.ca or
registration@cpsbc.ca
Web: http://www.cpsbc.ca

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Alberta

900 Manulife Place
10180 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4P8
Tel: (780)-423-4764
Physicians-only line: 1-800-320-8624
Fax: (780)-420-0651
Email: registration@cpsa.ab.ca
Web: http://www.cpsa.ab.ca/
Homepage.aspx

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Saskatchewan

211 Fourth Avenue South
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1N1
Tel: (306)-244-7355 or 1-800-667-1668
Fax: (306)-244-0090 (general)
(306)-244-2600 (registrar)
Email: cpss@quadrant.net
Web: http://www.quadrant.net/cpss

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Manitoba

1000 - 1661 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3T7
Tel: (204)-774-4344
Fax: (204)-774-0750
Web: http://www.cpsm.mb.ca

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Ontario

80 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2E2
Tel: (416)-967-2603 or
1-800-268-7096 (general);
(416)-967-2606 (physicians only)
Email: feedback@cpso.on.ca
Web: http://www.cpso.on.ca

Le Collège des médecins du Québec
(College of Physicians of Quebec)

2170, boulevard René-Levesque Ouest
Montréal, QC H3H 2T8
Tel: (514)-933-4441 ou
1-888-MÉDECIN
Fax: (514)-933-3112
Email: info@cmq.org
Web: http://www.cmq.org

College of Physicians and Surgeons
of New Brunswick

1 Hampton Road, Suite 300
Rothesay, NB E2E 5K8
Tel: (506)-849-5050 or
1-800-667-4641
Fax: (506)-849-5069 |
Email: info@cpsnb.org
Web: http://www.cpsnb.org/

College of Physicians and Surgeons
of Newfoundland & Labrador

139 Water Street, Suite 603
St. John’s, NL A1C 1B2
Tel: (709)-726-8546 |
Fax: (709)-726-4725
Email: cpsnl@cpsnl.ca
Web: http://www.cpsnl.ca

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Suite 5005 - 7071 Bayers Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 2C2
Tel: (902)-422-5823 or
1-877-282-7767 (toll-free)
Fax: (902)-422-5035
Email: registration@cpsns.ns.ca
Web: http://www.cpsns.ns.ca

College of Physicians and Surgeons
of Prince Edward Island

199 Grafton Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1L2
Tel: (902)-566-3865
Fax: (902) 566-3986
Web: http://www.cpspei.ca

Yukon Medical Council
c/o Registrar of Medical Practitioners
Box 2703 C-5
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Tel: (867)-667-5111 | Fax: (867)-667-3609
Email: consumer@gov.yk.ca
Web: http://www.yukonmedicalcouncil.ca

Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
Medical Registration Committee

PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Tel: (867)-920-8058 | Fax: (867)-873-0484
Email: jeannette_hall@gov.nt.ca
Web: http://www.hlthss.gov.nt.ca

Department of Health and Social
Services Government of Nunavut
Medical Registration Committee
Professional Licensing

2nd Floor NCC Building, Box 390
Kugluktuk, NU X0B 0E0
Tel: (867)-975-5700 |
Fax: (867)-975-5705
Email: bvandenassem@gov.nu.ca
Web: http://www.nunavut-
physicians.gov.nu.ca

Step 5: Find a job as a physician

Physician Recruitment

British Columbia:
http://www.healthmatchbc.org/hmbc_physicians.asp?pageid=634

Alberta:
http://www.albertaphysicianlink.ab.ca/

Calgary, Alberta:
http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/ccap/

Saskatchewan:
http://www.healthcareersinsask.ca/

Manitoba:
http://www.wrha.mb.ca/careers

Ontario:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/uap/about/recruit.html

Quebec:
http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/sujets/organisation/medecine/rsq/index.php?home

New Brunswick:
http://www.gnb.ca/0396/index-e.asp

Nova Scotia:
http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/employment.asp

PEI:
http://www.gov.pe.ca/health/jobopp/job_opportunities.php

Newfoundland:
http://www.nlphysicianjobs.ca/

Yukon:

http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/

NorthWest Territories:
http://www.hlthss.gov.nt.ca/Careers/default.asp

Nanavut:
http://www.gov.nu.ca/health/


IMG Canada: http://www.img-canada.ca
Communication and Cultural Competence Program: http://icarus.med.utoronto.ca/ccc/
Foreign Credentials Referral Office: http://www.credentials.gc.ca/
Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC): http://www.pcrc.org/en/
Canadian Resident Matching Service: http://www.carms.ca/
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: http://www.afmc.ca/
Canadian Association of Interns and Residents: http://www.cair.ca/
Canadian Post-M.D. Educational Registry: http://www.caper.ca/
Canadian Federation of Medical Students: http://www.cfms.org/
College of Family Physicians of Canada: http://www.cfpc.ca/
Canadian Medical Association: http://www.cma.ca/
Canadian Medical Association Journal: http://www.cmaj.ca/
Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine: http://ohs.cou.on.ca/_bin/home/cofm.cfm
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada: http://www.fmrac.ca/
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: http://rcpsc.medical.org/
Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Ontario Medical Association: http://www.oma.org/
Society of Rural Physicians of Canada: http://www.srpc.ca/
Going to Canada: http://www.directioncanada.gc.ca/


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