Updated September 29, 2022

Memorial University of Newfoundland

2023 Cycle Information

Criteria applicable for all medical graduates; for specific information, please see tabs.

The 2023 provincial criteria is currently under review.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2022 match. Updated criteria will be posted on this page in the upcoming months, once it has been reviewed by the province.

CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL 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. 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 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. 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.

Consent

You are required to provide consent to PGME, allowing us to communicate with CaRMS regarding your application, and allowing us access and the ability to communicate regarding your application submission for educational registration by the CPSNL.

CPSNL Requirements

IMPORTANT: Individuals are urged to respond to the CPSNL’s application package IMMEDIATELY after receiving instructions from the CPSNL.

Any delays in providing all required documentation, by the appropriate deadline, may result in delays in obtaining educational registration and commencing postgraduate training.

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 present 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 Attendance

Orientation (discipline-specific and PGME-wide) will take place prior to July 1. In-person 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.

LICENSING BODY The College of Physicians of Newfoundland and Labrador
MATCH STREAMS 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).

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 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

PGME does have minimum requirements for 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. The rotations must be completed in accredited teaching hospitals. 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.

 

First Iteration

The first iteration of the CaRMS match will include two parallel streams.

One stream will be for CMGs/USMGs without prior postgraduate training (please note, applicants on student visas are not eligible for admission to postgraduate training programs at Memorial University).

The second stream will be open to IMGs (including US Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) graduates) without prior postgraduate training. These positions are identified as IMG positions on the CaRMS site and are only available in Memorial’s Family Medicine program.

Individuals who match in the IMG-Family Medicine (FM) stream are required to sign a five-year return of service (ROS) contract prior to starting their residency.

Unfilled first iteration positions from the IMG-FM stream will be competitive in the second iteration, i.e. open to all applicants (CMGs, USMGs, and IMGs who fulfill the eligibility criteria), and will require a five-year ROS.

RESTRICTIONS Applicants on student visas are not eligible for admission to postgraduate training programs at Memorial University).

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, clinical fellowships, job shadowing, academic studies (nursing studies, doctorates, masters, degrees, diplomas, certificates – including graduate diplomas and other professional degrees in medical science program) as well as training/educational experiences completed by individuals under an IMG assessment program, are NOT recognized as clinical or active practice or training.

NOTE: Fellowship training completed in Canada that does not lead to an Area of Focused Competence diploma (of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) will not be considered active 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.

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) or U.S. Allopathic Medical Graduate (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).

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum score of 7.0 in each of the components in the same sitting of the exam

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B in each of the four subsets in the same sitting

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) byMust be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

The IELTS Indicator is not accepted.

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) or provides training in multiple language streams (e.g English-Stream, French-Stream, Spanish Stream) PGME requires:

  • Proof of proficiency in the English language proven by one of the above-mentioned language assessments. 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.

Where applicable, you must self-identify which MD stream you graduated from (e.g., English-Stream, French-Stream, Spanish Stream, etc.) by indicating your stream in the Degree Obtained box in your CaRMS Online application under Medical Education (E.g. MD, University of Ottawa – French Stream).

Exams must be completed within 24 months of the residency start date (July 1) and results must be available by file review opening.

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS N/A
PROVINCIAL ASSESSMENT N/A
OTHER ASSESSMENTS N/A
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS N/A
MEDICAL EDUCATION All documents mentioned should be reflected in corresponding program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

A U.S. Osteopathic Medical Graduate (USMG- Osteo) is an individual who received their medical degree from an accredited Osteopathic medical school.

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum score of 7.0 in each of the components in the same sitting of the exam

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B in each of the four subsets in the same sitting

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

The IELTS Indicator is not accepted.

IMGs that are currently practicing in Canada with FRCPC, FRCSC or CCFP designation, and are providing the majority of their patient care in English, may be exempt from providing up-to-date language proficiency testing. Any applicant in this situation should write to pgme@mun.ca in advance of the application deadline, to determine if you meet this criteria for exemption. Applicants currently in a clinical fellowship program are not exempted.

IMGs who completed both their basic medical education and patient care experience in one of the countries listed below (officially recognized as having English as a first language) are exempt from providing proof of proficiency.

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

Applicants who complete undergraduate medical education outside of Canada and the United States, including Canadians, 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, nor will completion of any other non-medical schooling in English. Applicants must provide proof of passing one of the above mentioned language assessments.

Exams must be completed within 24 months of the residency start date (July 1) and results must be available by file review opening.

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

Examination: NAC Examination

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory*

*The province will accept the:

  • MCCQE Part II; OR THE
  • Certificate of Registration of the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)

in place of the NAC Examination.

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.

OTHER ASSESSMENTS N/A
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS Individuals who match in the IMG-Family Medicine (FM) stream are required to sign a five-year return of service (ROS) contract prior to starting their residency.
MEDICAL EDUCATION All documents mentioned should be reflected in corresponding program descriptions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

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