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How can African trained Doctors get medical licence to practice in Canada
In Career in Canada
Oluwasorefunmi Odeniyi
Aug 13, 2020
How to get medical license To become a licensed physician in Canada as an IMG is a long and expensive process, and the specific steps vary according to province. There are however two main routes; -Entry-to-residency: Here, candidates will confirm that their medical degree is from a recognized World Health Organization (WHO)/Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) medical school, using the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) database. Applicants will then take the Self-Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE EE) to estimate their peer-related performance on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exams (MCC EE) before submitting their final medical diploma and other related portfolio through the MCC Physicians Credentials Repository. After this, one must then take the MCC EE and National Assessment Collaboration OSCE (NAC OSCE). Exceptions for the MCC EE may apply for those with Canadian or American Board specialty certification. Depending on the province or territory, the IMG may be asked to take further assessments and meet additional eligibility requirements to qualify for residency. These include taking the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam and the MCC Qualifying (MCC QE) Part I and Part II exams. All jurisdictions require at least two years of postgraduate training to obtain licensure. IMG applicants are awarded Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada only after passing the MCC QE Part II. -Entry-to-practice: The eligibility-to-practice route allows physicians to practice medicine within certain limits and requirements; for example, under a sponsor organization and a supervisor approved by the provincial medical licensing college. This route is for IMGs who have at least one year of postgraduate training in their specialties and still require between one to four years of training.15 There are slight differences in acquiring full licensure depending on medical licensing authority and IMG program requirements of the province or territory that they choose to practice in. Applicants are evaluated through Practice Ready Assessment (PRA) committees of their provincial licensing authorities, except in Ontario, where IMGs apply through the Centre for the Evaluation of Health Care Professionals Education Abroad (CEHPEA.) So you can see, the process is long and daunting, but doable. You can find more information via the link below