To participate in the Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Match (FM/EM match) you must

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident enrolled in postgraduate year 2 (PGY-2) in a Canadian family medicine residency program accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or
  • hold the CCFP (Certification in The College of Family Physicians) designation

Participating FM/EM programs have additional requirements, so we encourage you to review individual program descriptions for detailed program-specific requirements.

Eligibility for graduates of United States residency programs (USMGs)

If you are a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program, you must join the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) as a resident member and provide evidence that you are registered in an accredited program.

To be granted certification you must:

  • Pass the CFPC exam;
  • Provide evidence of having completed your training; and
  • Sit and pass the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) exam.

Certification is granted as soon as confirmation of passed status with the ABFM is received.

Provincial criteria

Each province has criteria that must be met by applicants applying for positions within that province. Eligibility requirements differ from province to province, so you should carefully review the criteria below when preparing to apply to programs.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Updated September 3, 2019

Memorial University of Newfoundland

2020 cycle Information

Newfoundland Provincial Criteria & General Admission Requirements To Postgraduate Medical Education

All applicants for a position in a postgraduate medical education training program at Memorial University must meet PGME’s requirements prior to commencing training. Individual residency training programs may have additional specific criteria that will be used to judge applicants’ candidacy and suitability for their program. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are invited to apply through the CaRMS match, in the iteration that is applicable to their status. All candidates offered a residency position must provide proof of a medical diploma (those in the last year of medical school must submit their most recent marks/transcripts in the interim).

The most fundamental of all requirements to commence residency training in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the ability of the candidate to obtain licensure under the terms of an educational registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL). It is important to understand that while the CPSNL’s requirements and regulations may change, without notice, during the CaRMS administration cycle, PGME will not amend any requirements during the match cycle.

PGME and the CPSNL take no responsibility for updating applicants on any amendments. Applicants who do not appear to meet the preliminary educational registration requirements at the time of review will have their application disqualified, by PGME. You are therefore required to consent to PGME to communicate regarding your application to CaRMS as well as access to your full application documentation for licensure by the CPSNL. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized/certified translation.

To maintain the spirit of fairness and equity, PGME has zero tolerance for submission of altered, falsified or fraudulent information or documentation, intentionally or otherwise, and such applications will be considered void and, if discovered after the CaRMS match, may result in immediate dismissal or withdrawal of the residency offer. PGME will not make any exceptions to the admission requirements. To provide transparent access to this opportunity, the requirements set herein will not be changed mid-cycle.

Scenarios and Definitions

Canadian/United States medical graduate (CMG/USMG)

This is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Please note the change effective 2020-2021 regarding language proficiency requirements affecting this group of graduates (refer to English Language Proficiency)

International medical graduate (IMG) [including US Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) graduates]

This is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is not accredited by the CACMS or LCME.

Graduates from US osteopathic medical schools are invited to apply under the same criteria applicable to IMGs.

IMGs must have graduated from a school or Faculty of Medicine, recognized by the World Directory of Medical Schools. Medical degree programs must be a minimum of 48 months duration.

Of note, the CPSNL does have minimum requirements of IMGs for core clerkship (clinical) rotations during medical school training. IMGs must have satisfactorily completed a minimum 8-week rotation in each of the core rotations of medicine and surgery, a minimum 6-week rotation in pediatrics and a minimum 4-week rotation in obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatry (or equivalency as attested to by letter from the Dean of Medicine) during their clerkship. The rotations must be completed in accredited teaching hospitals within the final two years of medical school. All IMGs are required to complete the Core Clinical Clerkship form, have it stamped/verified by their medical school, and submit the form with their CaRMS application. Applications received without the stamped/verified form attached will NOT be reviewed.

IMGs are required to present satisfactory completion of the following:

  • National Assessment Collaboration Exam (NAC) – This exam must be completed, and results submitted, by the application deadline. Note: Successful completion of the MCCQE Part II* will override the NAC exam and exempt you from this requirement.
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCCQE Part I)
  • * Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part II (MCCQE Part II) – If completed, the Statement of Results and Supplemental Feedback report is required by the application deadline for the upcoming 2020 CaRMS match.

English Language Proficiency

If you graduated from a medical school in Canada or the United States, where English is the language of instruction, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

If you graduated from a medical school in Canada or the United States, where the language of instruction is not in English (e.g. French), PGME requires proof of proficiency in the English language. It is important to note that this requirement extends to all such applicants, regardless of whether other secondary/post-secondary education took place in English and regardless of citizenship.

Canadians who complete undergraduate medical education outside of Canada and the United States are considered IMGs; therefore, if you complete undergraduate medical education (in part or in full) in a country not recognized as having English as the first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in the English language. Note that elective rotations/experiences – regardless of length or location (including Canada) – will not satisfy the language proficiency requirements.

Requirements for educational registration with the CPSNL differ slightly in that PGME will only exempt IMGs from language proficiency testing if BOTH their basic medical education and patient care experience was in one of the countries that is recognized as having English as a first language:

Anguilla Grenada Singapore
Antigua and Barbuda Ireland South Africa
Australia Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago
Bahamas New Zealand United Kingdom
Barbados St. Kitts and Nevis United States of America
Bermuda St. Lucia Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
Canada St. Vincent and the Grenadines Virgin Islands (United States)

All other applicants, including those who have completed any other non-medical schooling in English, must have taken the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), within 24 months prior to submission of the CaRMS application, and have achieved a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the components in the same sitting of the exam. All results must be available by the CaRMS document review deadline.

An important change to note for 2020-21: Graduates of Saba University School of Medicine are no longer exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency.

First Iteration

Applicants who do not have prior postgraduate residency training in Canada or the United States are eligible for the first iteration of the CaRMS match process. Please note, applicants on student visas are not eligible for admission to residency training programs at Memorial University.

Second Iteration

All positions that remain unfilled after the first iteration of the CaRMS match will be competitive and open to all eligible candidates (i.e. CMG, USMG, IMG, DO) in the second iteration.

Active Practice

Applicants who have had significant breaks or been away from medical school, postgraduate training, or active, clinical practice for two years or greater, at any point in time after commencing medical school, will not be considered for postgraduate training at Memorial University. Observing, volunteering, clinical assisting, job shadowing, academic studies (nursing studies, doctorates, masters, degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc.) as well as training/educational experiences completed by individuals under an IMG assessment program or a clinical trainee program are NOT recognized as active clinical practice or training.

If you had a significant gap (see below) in training or clinical practice, performing a locum(s), and/or returning to training without completing the entirety of the program will not remedy this gap. All gaps or breaks in practice or training of two continuous months or more must be explained on the Declaration of Interruptions form.

Significant Gaps

A significant gap in training or clinical practice may exist and must be declared if equal to or greater than two continuous months. PGME will appraise the nature and significance of the gaps by:

  • assessing any period or cumulative periods out of practice
  • evaluating any period between completion of medical training and commencement or resumption of practice
  • reviewing any period or cumulative periods with a limited or restricted scope of practice, as determined by the actual practice experience of the individual
  • review of any period or cumulative periods in a non-clinical scope of practice

PGME reserves the right to make a final judgement on the substance of the gaps in training/practice and whether the gaps fall short of satisfying the two-year requirement for active practice listed therein.

Examinations

All licensing exams are administered by the Medical Council of Canada; any clarification or questions should be directed to the MCC. Please visit http://mcc.ca/ for more information. The following is a list of exams that, if completed, must be submitted by applicants. Results, for any exams completed, must be included by the application deadline.

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCCQE Part I)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part II (MCCQE Part II)
  • National Assessment Collaboration Exam (NAC)

CPSNL Requirements

The CPSNL application for educational registration entails several requirements and can be found at cpsnl.ca. Any delays in providing all required documentation, by the appropriate deadline, may result in delays in obtaining educational registration and commencing postgraduate training.

IMPORTANT: Individuals are urged to take care of this matter IMMEDIATELY following notification of a successful match.

Determining Eligibility

Once applications are received by the program, the individual training program determines candidacy of the application for short-listing the individual applications for residency training, based on preset criteria. These criteria include a combination of individual training program requirements, Memorial University PGME admission requirements set herein as well as the CPSNL educational registration requirements.

All rank order lists are forwarded from the disciplines to PGME to further assess eligibility. Applicants who do not appear to meet the admission requirements set herein at the time of review, will have their application disqualified by PGME. PGME may forward any application, including those of IMGs, to the CPSNL for an opinion on their preliminary eligibility for licensure. All screening and assessment of applicant files will take place during designated periods in the selection cycle, through consultation between the respective discipline, PGME and the CPSNL. Rank order lists are approved by PGME, not the CPSNL. Individual entities (e.g. applicants, disciplines, friends/relatives, etc.) are advised not to contact the CPSNL directly for an opinion or assessment regarding an applicant’s eligibility for the educational register.

Individuals who are considering the liquidation of major personal assets as part of a move to Newfoundland, affiliated with a residency position, are advised that final acceptance to our program is contingent on clearance from both PGME and the CPSNL. Candidates with an offer for residency training (i.e. matched to a residency training position at Memorial University) are reminded not to commence residency training until they receive confirmation of their educational registration from the CPSNL.

To emphasize, discrepancies between the CaRMS application and the application for inclusion on the educational register by the CPSNL will be addressed with a zero-tolerance attitude for submission of altered, falsified, or fraudulent information or documentation intentionally or otherwise, and your application will be considered void and if discovered after the CaRMS match, may result in immediate dismissal or withdrawal of the residency offer.

Final decisions regarding admission to postgraduate residency training at Memorial University are the purview of the Associate Dean, PGME.

Orientation (discipline-specific and PGME-wide) will take place prior to July 1. Attendance is required and absences are permitted in exceptional circumstances, with prior approval of PGME.

Putting It All Together

Applying to residency training can be an intense and exhausting process, with multiple layers of inquiry: program-specific, the CPSNL registration eligibility, and PGME admission requirements. The information above is intended to provide an outline of the salient requirements for admission to residency training at Memorial University. A critical component of these requirements – but not an alternative substitute – is the eligibility for educational registration of the candidate by the CPSNL. Although PGME works closely with the CPSNL, several requirements do differ and in some instances, in subtle ways. It is the candidate’s responsibility to pay special attention to the differences therein.

Candidates are urged to contact their respective program as early as possible, to seek clarification regarding entry requirements, as the CaRMS Match period is time and resource intensive and responsiveness of PGME will be impacted. PGME assumes no responsibility for such delays. PGME will not discuss applicant files with anyone other than the applicant, the program director, CaRMS and/or the CPSNL.

Once matched to Memorial University for postgraduate education, we encourage you to commence application for educational registration with the CPSNL. Please ensure that you follow the CPSNL’s most current guidelines and requirements for this part of the process, as these are subject to change without prior notice, at any time throughout the match cycle.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI

Updated August 2, 2018

Dalhousie University

Successful applicants must hold a CCFP designation at the time Emergency Medicine training commences.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada at the time of application, (proof is required from all candidates in order to ensure eligibility).

You must currently be in a Family Medicine Residency program* OR have the CCFP designation

License

All applicants must be eligible to register for an educational license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Language

Dalhousie University requires all applicants to be eligible to register for a license in all provinces in which the program requires training. Both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island have specific regulations regarding English language proficiency for physicians from outside of Canada. Below are links to the policies for each of the colleges. Candidates applying for postgraduate training must meet these requirements: 

CPSNS Language Requirements [PDF – 162kB]

CPSPEI Language Requirements [PDF – 282kB]

Return of Service

Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligation may not be eligible to begin Ministry-funded training positions at Dalhousie. Candidates holding a pre-existing ROS obligation must disclose such obligations and provide a letter from their sponsor stating that they may participate in match at the time of application.

Quebec

Updated August 29, 2019

Université Laval
Université de Sherbrooke
Université de Montréal
McGill University

Please note that, along with Emergency Medicine, the Quebec faculties of medicine also offer positions in the following programs in this match:

  • Family Medicine – Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Family Medicine – Addiction Medicine
  • Family Medicine – Palliative Care
  • Family Medicine – Care of the Elderly

To be eligible in Quebec, candidates must hold a medical degree from a Canadian or US medical school, a DO degree from a school accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association or a degree from outside Canada or the United States (IMG) and must have obtained equivalence for their MD degree from the Collège des médecins du Québec. They must be in the second year of a family medicine residency or have passed the family medicine certification examination of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Regular Stream

Positions in the regular stream are available to residents:

  • currently enrolled in the second year of a Family Medicine Program in a Faculty of Medicine in Quebec and already part of this quota.

Positions in the regular stream are also available to :

  • Family Medicine practitioners who have been previously registered in the regular stream in Quebec, and who have been practicing Family Medicine for twelve months or more (on the first day in the program).

Particular Stream

Positions are also available:

  • for Residents who are already part of this quota who are registered in a Family Medicine Program in a Faculty of Medicine in Quebec or who have previously been registerd in the particular stream in Quebec;
  • for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada who are currently completing a Family Medicine residency outside Quebec, either elsewhere in Canada or the United States, or who have completed such a program in the past, and who hold:
    • a Medical Degree (MD) from a Canadian or US medical school, or
    • a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from a School accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or
    • a Medical Degree from a Medical School outside Canada or the United States (IMG) AND who have obtained equivalence for their medical degree (MD) from the Collège des médecins du Québec.
Ontario

Updated October 18, 2019

University of Ottawa
Queen’s University
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
University of Toronto
McMaster University
Western University

For the purposes of clarity, Ontario has accepted the following definitions:

Canadian Medical Graduate or U.S. Medical Graduate (CMG/USMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). From here on in this will be referred to as a CMG.

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is not accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). From here on in this will be referred to as an IMG.

FM/EM Match

The Ontario Faculties of Medicine and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have agreed to the following policies for the PGY3 FM/EM 2020 match. It is important to note that individual programs may have specific criteria that are used to review applications. Please carefully review the program specific criteria as well as the provincial criteria below. All match applicants must meet the licensing criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for postgraduate education. CPSO

ANY DELAYS IN PROVIDING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO CPSO MAY RESULT IN A DELAY IN ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AND A DELAY IN STAT OF POSTGRADUATE TRAINING BEYOND JULY 1ST.

Training Level and Program

Who Can Apply

  • Trainees currently enrolled in a CFPC accredited program, who hold a postgraduate education certificate of registration or equivalent in their province, are eligible for the Match.
  • Practicing Family Physicians are not eligible for the PGY3 FM/EM match but may access PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine training via the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Re-entry Program. Re-entry Program information is available at the following website: MOHLTC
  • Off-cycle applicants: PGY2 residents with completion dates between July 1 and December 31, 2020 are also eligible but must declare their completion date on the application form and request a late start. You may only apply to the match one time. While some programs are able to admit residents ‘off-cycle’, others are not. Please refer to individual program descriptions to review program acceptance criteria regarding off-cycle start dates. Off-cycle applicants will remain eligible to apply to the following year’s match recognizing that they may have obtained an independent practice license in the interim period.
  • Residents currently enrolled in ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency programs in the U.S. who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may apply to the PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine Match if they meet the CFPC requirements outlined on the College of Family Physicians of Canada website at: Home | The College of Family Physicians of Canada

Legal Status

Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:

  1. Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada accompanied by photo ID (must be a Canadian government issued photo ID), or
  2. Notarized/certified photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
  3. Notarized/certified photocopy of confirmation of permanent residence accompanied by photo ID (must be a Canadian government issued photo ID), or
  4. Notarized/certified photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card — copies of both sides of card must be provided and legible.

Previous Subspecialty Tranining/Transfers

Trainees currently enrolled in subspecialty training are not eligible. The FM/EM match cannot be used for transfers.

Requirements for IMGs

Proof of MD Degree

IMGs must be graduates of an acceptable medical school on the World Directory of Medical Schools list. A notarized copy of medical school marks/transcripts and medical degree/diploma must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

MCCQE1

For the 2020 CaRMS match, IMGs must have written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination part 1 (MCCQE1) or the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE) Medical Council of Canada. The MCCQE1 is preferred in 2020 and will be mandatory for the 2021 CaRMS match. Exam results must be provided by the File Review Opening Date. Please review specific residency program descriptions for more information.

Language Proficiency

Applicants must be able to communicate in the language of instruction and patient care of the matching school.

Must provide proof of English or French language proficiency through ONE of the following:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component, or
  2. TOEFL-lbt — passing score of 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section, or
  3. A pass result in the French proficiency test administered by the Collège des Médecins du Québec, or
  4. Candidates for whom their primary and secondary, or medical school education was conducted in English or French, the Ontario medical schools will accept Language Proficiency Attestations as follows:
    1. Primary and Secondary Education: Mailed directly from the Senior Academic Administrators of both schools to the program confirming that all of the candidate’s primary and secondary education was conducted completely in English or French.
    2. Medical School: Mailed directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the language of instruction and patient care was conducted completely in English or French, or
    3. World Directory of Medical Schools Language Option: If the instruction and the language of patient care at the undergraduate medical school was conducted completely in English or French, then a candidate must submit to the program a copy or printout of the World Directory of Medical Schools website listing the medical school which clearly states that the language of instruction is English or French.

Please review specific program descriptions for more information.

Licensing/Registration

IMGs must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for postgraduate education. See the CPSO’s website for information: CPSO

All IMGs need to have their documents verified through physiciansapply.ca. Any IMG who has not yet had their documents verified by physiciansapply.ca will be required to do so. This process can take several months to complete. Individuals are advised to visit physiciansapply.ca at the point of application.

Return of Service

The Ministry requests all ROS agreements before June 1 of the year they were matched. All agreements should be returned to the Ministry prior to the start of residency training.

More information for IMG ROS can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/physicians/international_medical_graduates.aspx

Information about the Ministry’s ROS programs is available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/physicians/ros.aspx

Additional Ontario Information

  • Matched Applicants: CaRMS will provide their electronic data file to the matched university’s postgraduate education office. The postgraduate office will share the information with the Ontario Physician Human Resource Data Centre, Canadian Post-MD Education Registry, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario, teaching hospitals and other training sites, Touchstone Institute and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Permanent Residents: Successful applicants who hold Permanent Resident status in Canada will be required to disclose their Country of Citizenship to the postgraduate medical education office in order to comply with current reporting requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • Changes: The Ontario Faculties of Medicine and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reserve the right to make changes to the information published on the CaRMS website pertaining to Ontario postgraduate training without prior notice.
  • Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements may result in applicant file not being reviewed or removed.
Manitoba

Updated August 6, 2019

University of Manitoba

  • Successful applicant will currently be in a Family Medicine Residency program* OR have the CCFP designation at the time the Emergency Medicine training commences (i.e. Current Family Medicine residents must pass the CCFP exam).
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or hold Landed Immigrant (Permanent Resident) Status in Canada (proof required in order to ensure eligibility) at the time of application.
  • Must be eligible for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba – https://cpsm.mb.ca/registration.
  • In the case of currently practicing physicians returning to residency, the successful applicant must have practiced in Manitoba for at least 12 consecutive months.
Saskatchewan

Updated July 12, 2019

University of Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine have agreed to the following policies for the 2020 R-3 match. Applicants are responsible for reviewing program descriptions, as well as the criteria listed below, to ensure they meet all required eligibility criteria and requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the University of Saskatchewan Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine programs must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the following:
    • Canadian Birth Certificate
    • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
    • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of the card)
    • Permanent Resident Card (both sides of the card)
  • Must currently be in a Family Medicine Residency program OR have obtained the CCFP designation. (Note: Successful applicants must hold a CCFP designation at the time the Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine training commences.)
  • Licensing: Must be eligible for and maintain registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for an educational register license. Applicants who are International Medical Graduates, or who are studying at Quebec medical schools or the University of Ottawa (French Stream), may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • Credentialing: Must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority as determined by its credentialing process. Saskatchewan Regional Health Authorities require successful applicants to submit immunization records and proof of immunity (titres), and a current criminal record check, as part of its pre-resident application for appointment. Applicants with criminal records will be considered on a case by case basis by the College of Medicine in consultation with the Health Region.
  • ACLS: Prior to commencement of training, successful applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2020.
Alberta

Updated August 30, 2019

University of Alberta

  • Current enrollment as a PGY-2 resident in a Canadian Family Medicine residency OR
  • Practicing physician with a CCFP designation AND
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  • If practicing physician, candidate must be within a one year period since graduation from their FM residency at the time of application

University of Calgary

  • Current enrollment as a PGY-2 resident in a Canadian Family Medicine residency OR
  • Practicing physician with a CCFP designation AND
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
British Columbia

Updated September 3, 2019

British Columbia

General Information

For Entry in the 2020-21 Academic Year

The following policies apply to the 2020 Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine.

All matched applicants must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) for postgraduate medical education. https://www.cpsbc.ca/


First and Second Iteration

Who can apply:

Training Level and Program

Trainees currently enrolled in the 2nd year of an accredited CFPC Family Medicine Residency program OR have already obtained CCFP certification.

International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude R-3 training.

Legal Status

Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and must provide proof by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline. No allowances for late submission. No other forms of verification are acceptable:

  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo ID, or
  • Photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
  • Photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate, or
  • Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card – copies of both sides of card must be provided.

Proof of citizenship documentation must be notarized/certified.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

IMGs

  • Graduates of International Medical schools must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC through the following, and results must be submitted to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline:
    1. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.
  • Applicants are considered to have met the English Language proficiency requirements if:
    1. the language of instruction at medical school was English, and
    2. the primary language of patient care was English, and
    3. the first and native language of the country where the physician was trained is English.
  • Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website: https://cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REGELP.pdf 

English Language Proficiency Requirements for graduates of Quebec Medical Schools:

Please note that candidates who attended medical school in Quebec where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians of Surgeons of BC the following, and results must be submitted to CaRMS by Rank Order List deadline:

  1. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website: https://cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf

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