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Licencing Exam of Canada for IMGs

Updated: Jan 21

The potential of IMGs is huge for Canada

In order for an IMG to become a licensed doctor in Canada. One has to undergo a number of rigorous steps and has to pass a number of Exams besides fulfilling other matching criteria

The exams include



MCCQE 2 in some provinces


MCCQE Part I is delivered in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries through vendor Prometric, The exam is offered during four sessions a year| for Preparation and resources reach out to

Candidates have the option to take their exam at an available Prometric test center or through remote proctoring on a first come first serve basis.MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to physicians who have met its requirements.

Candidates must take and pass the MCCQE Part I and meet the LMCC eligibility criteria to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC).

NAC Examination

The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination assesses candidates’ readiness to enter a Canadian residency program. For information and resources reach out to must take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination if one wants to apply to a Canadian residency program. For information on the NAC Examination eligibility requirements, visit the Application and eligibility page

If you have passed your NAC OSCE and received a low score, you can retake it, with a maximum of three attempts.

Recent clinical experience in Canada

if you are a new graduate and have done an internship or you have been practicing medicine

In Ontario, you can also do observerships with physicians. It’s difficult because first, you have to

find a doctor willing to take you to observe because there are strict rules against touching patients. The doctors feel your frustration, there is so much they want you to do but their hands are tied because of the rules. Unfortunately, many residency programs have written in their descriptions that they do not count observerships as clinical experience.

2. In Ontario – Queens Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences

This program is getting quite popular and becoming competitive to get into. It is expensive but you get clinical hands-on experience, working one-on-one with patients within the clinic setting at Queen’s!

3. In British Columbia you can be a clinical trainee/observer.

check College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia: Clinical observer information for IMGs

MUST purchase malpractice insurance as a clinical trainee through CMPA.

4. In Nova Scotia, there is an IMG Clerkship program at Dalhousie

5. In Alberta, AIMG, and CPSA of Alberta are considered top programs

6. In Manitoba, the IMPLG program is quite popular

7. If you are an IMG and/or a resident of Québec, take a look here! MDCM program

2-year program for Québec residents, a 4-year program for non-Québec residents also. It is basically medical school all over again. This is very competitive to get in if you are not a resident of Quebec.

8. Physician Assistant Go to the United States and do observership/externships! It may be expensive but I have a friend who went to New York to do an externship in neurology and eventually ended up matching into the same program in the US

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