International Medical Graduates
International medical graduates (IMGs) are generally described as individuals who have completed medical school outside of Canada and the USA. Canadians studying abroad, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have completed medical school outside of Canada, are also considered IMGs. Individuals who have completed their medical training in the USA are referred to as US medical graduates (USMGs). For the purposes of simplifying the Practice in BC interactive guide, USMGs are included in the IMG category.
As an IMG or an international medical student (IMS) you have a unique journey to practice as a GP in BC. Your unique path will vary based on whether you are an IMG or IMS from:
- Australia, Ireland, the UK, or USA who has completed residency in one of those four locations;
- Australia, Ireland, the UK, or USA who has completed a residency in Canada; or
- Outside of Australia, Ireland, the UK, or USA.
- An IMG or an international medical student (IMS) who is not already a permanent resident or citizen of Canada will need to apply for a permit to work in Canada through Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- Exam requirements and certification will vary depending on which category an IMG belongs to.
- All IMGs or IMSs are required to meet eligibility requirements established by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC before applying for a license to practice medicine.
- The process for full licensure will vary depending on which category an IMG belongs to.