To work as a doctor in Canada and get your license to practice medicine can be a long process. So it’s important to stay positive and focus on how you can continue your career as a doctor in Canada.
Doctors belong to a regulated profession in Canada, so you need to know the process of how to become a doctor in Canada. To do this, you can check with the regulatory body in the province or territory where you intend to live. Also, many provinces have international medical graduate (IMG) programs that can help you to navigate the process.
Four main activities to become a medical doctor in Canada
If you are an international medical graduate, there are four main activities that you must do:
- Confirm that your medical degree is from a recognized medical school. You can confirm this by looking at the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED). Your medical school and qualification must be listed on the directory to be accepted in Canada.
2. Practice the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE) online to ensure you are ready for the exam.
3. Submit your credentials through the Medical Council Canada (MCC) Credentials Repository online and create an electronic professional portfolio of your credentials.
4. Take the MCCEE, which is offered in 80 countries.
For more information on how to become a doctor in Canada, visit the MCC website. You can also contact the regulatory body in the province or territory where you intend to live:
Provincial and Territorial Regulatory Bodies for Medical Doctors in Canada
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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
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David Singh moved to Canada from India 6 years ago. He loves sharing his experiences with other newcomers to Canada in the hope that they are able to settle here with ease.