IMG, IMS or CSA Who Has Completed/Will Complete Medical School outside of Australia, Ireland, UK or USA
International medical graduates are generally described as individuals who have completed medical school outside of Canada and the US. Canadians studying abroad - Canadian citizens who have completed medical school outside of Canada - are also considered IMGs. Individuals who have completed medical education in the US are referred to as US medical graduates.
As an IMG you have a unique journey to practice as a GP in BC. If you have completed medical school outside of Australia, Ireland, the UK, and US, a path that includes the Canadian Residency Matching Service is one option to explore.
- If you are not already a permanent resident or citizen of Canada will need to apply for the necessary status through Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- An English language proficiency exam may be required if your medical degree was obtained from a medical school where the instruction was not English, and if the primary language of patient care was not English.
- The Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Exam (MCCEE) must be taken to practice medicine in Canada.
- The National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE) must be taken after successful completion of the MCCEE.
- A mandatory two year return of service in an underserved community in BC is required after completion of residency training.
As of 2019, all candidates, including IMGs, can apply directly to the MCCQE Part I without first having to take the MCCEE. Candidates whose application has been accepted are able to schedule their exam appointment online here