FAQ

International medical graduates may apply to residency programs in Canada, but there are additional steps they must take and examinations they must pass to demonstrate their medical knowledge and expertise. For more information explore the AFMC’s Future MD Canada web tool.

If you decide to study abroad, your medical residency might take a different path than if you study in Canada. Follow the path to residency of someone who studies abroad and returns to Canada for their medical residency to find out more.

Yes, if you are a graduate of an osteopathic school of medicine in the U.S., you are considered an IMG. Visit the CaRMS website for more information.

No. You do not need to be a resident of B.C. to apply to post-graduate medical residency programs through CaRMS. Visit the CaRMS website for more information.

You can take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) up to 20 months before your graduation date. Schedule yours today.

No. The NAC examination can be written in any province in Canada.
If you choose to write it in B.C., you do not need to be a resident of B.C.

You can take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination anywhere in Canada. In B.C., the MCC offers two NAC examination sessions each year. They are generally in March and September. The dates are published on the MCC website.
Did you know - you can only take the NAC examination once each year, three times in total. Keep this in mind when you schedule your session.
Did you know - as of 2015, once you get a passing mark on the NAC examination, you can’t take it again.

IMGs are a diverse group from medical schools around the world. Every person’s unique story reflects a broad range of experience, from years of practice to no patient experience at all. As medical education varies widely among IMGs, prior to gaining access to residency in Canada, all IMGs must complete a series of standardized assessments to ensure they meet the minimum Canadian medical education standards and have the required skills to start residency training.

IMGs seeking to be matched to a residency position in British Columbia for CaRMS 2018 and beyond are required to participate in UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program (CAP). The CAP provides a transparent and equitable process designed to support UBC residency programs not only assess your past clinical experience, but evaluate your potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C. Explore the CAP FAQs for more information.

We don’t arrange for direct clinical experience with doctors and hospitals, but as a medical student at an approved international medical school, you can apply to take a clinical elective.

To practice in Canada with a degree from a university outside Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and you will need to gain a Canadian Medical License. To get a sense of what you'll need to get your license, and for links to the different requirements in various provinces, visit the Medical Council of Canada.


Clinical Assessment Program

IMGs are a diverse group from medical schools around the world. Every person’s unique story reflects a broad range of experience, from years of practice to no patient experience at all. As medical education varies widely among IMGs, prior to gaining access to residency in Canada, all IMGs must complete a series of standardized assessments to ensure they meet the minimum Canadian medical education standards and have the required skills to start residency training.

IMGs seeking to be matched to a residency position in British Columbia for CaRMS 2018 and beyond are required to participate in UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program (CAP). The CAP provides a transparent and equitable process designed to support UBC residency programs not only assess your past clinical experience, but evaluate your potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C.

Yes. If you are seeking to be matched to a residency position in B.C. for CaRMS 2018 or beyond, you will need to participate in the new one-day CAP, which will offer you an opportunity to improve your previous assessment score and enhance your application for residency.

Starting in 2017, CAP positions will be open to final-year international medical students and international medical graduates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

No. You do not need to be a BC resident to apply for the Clinical Assessment Program. Starting in 2017, if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident you may apply to the CAP.

You are considered a B.C. resident if you hold current BC medical coverage (MSP), or hold equivalent coverage from the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut. You’ll be asked to submit your Personal Health Number found on your BC Services or BC Care Card. The coverage must be valid through the entire application cycle and will be checked. The IMG Office may ask for additional documentation if required to clarify residency status.

Note that you do not need to be a resident of B.C. to apply to UBC’s CAP. Starting in 2017, you may apply to the program if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Visit the Application page for more information on application details.

No. Starting in 2017, final-year international medical students are also eligible to apply to the Clinical Assessment Program. Please note: You must have graduated or be enrolled in a medical school listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools.

In order to apply to the Clinical Assessment Program, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • You have passed your Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE)
  • You have passed your National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam or have registered for a NAC exam.

Please note that your medical degree, identification, and MCCEE results must be source verified by PhysiciansApply.ca

A combination of Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) and National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam scores will be used to select candidates for a CAP position. Over the course of the one-day assessment (known as the Structured Clinical Examination), we will be exploring candidate’s clinical skills, communication skills and clinical reasoning through a series of six case-based oral stations. Having strong communication skills and clinical experience will position you to perform well in this exam. We wish to identify candidates who demonstrate good potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C.

No, you will need to submit a passing NAC exam result from an administration no more than three years old.

Starting in 2017, UBC will be doubling the number of Clinical Assessment Program positions from 100 to 200 per year, with 50 per cent of all CAP positions designated for B.C. residents.

UBC is pleased to announce that starting in 2017, CAP will be streamlined from four weeks to a one-day, mandatory evaluation. The one-day assessment will include a series of structured oral interviews and examinations, during which your clinical skills and past experiences will be assessed. At the end of the assessment, a written evaluation will be submitted on your behalf to CaRMS.

Candidates can participate in the new one-day CAP twice. However, please note that you may only take the CAP once per CaRMS year. If you are not successful in being matched to a residency program in B.C. for CaRMS 2018, for example, you may wish to participate in CAP the following year to improve your assessment score and ultimately enhance your application for residency. You may also continue to apply to a residency position at UBC using a previous one-day CAP evaluation.

The CAP will continue to be offered in the Spring (early June) and Fall (October/November) of each year. Visit the Timeline page for important upcoming dates and deadlines.

Yes, your application will be accepted if the only pending documentation as of the deadline is a passing result of a September 2017 NAC exam.

Clinical Assessment position offers will be made shortly after the release of the March and September NAC exam results.

If you are not successful in being matched to a residency position at UBC for CaRMS 2018, you may wish to participate in CAP again to improve your assessment score and ultimately enhance your application for residency.

If you are successful in obtaining a residency position in B.C., starting in 2017, you will be required to take part in an orientation, where you will gain a deeper understanding of the Canadian medical system and be exposed to a number of tools and resources to help you succeed over the course of your time as a resident.