Canadians Studying Abroad
The role of the Repatriation Coordinator is to provide support and guidance to Canadians studying/practicing medicine outside of Manitoba who wish to return to Manitoba for training and practice opportunities.
The Repatriation Coordinator will navigate medical students/physicians through the steps involved in returning to Manitoba for such things as applying for postgraduate training, applying for electives, applying for registration with governing bodies, etc.
Please contact the Repatriation Coordinator for more information.
Room 260, Brodie Centre
727 McDermot Aveue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5
Tel: (204) 789-3416
Steps Involved in Returning to Canada for PostGraduate Training
Research and prepare your return to Canada prior to your departure and develop a plan. Review your plan frequently because your interests and the physician needs within Canada may change from the time you start medical school and the time you graduate.
The following steps will assist you when applying for postgraduate training:
Step 1: Apply to the Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC)
Every individual coming into the Canadian medical system must have valid credentials. These credentials can include documents such as a medical diploma, medical license and speciality certificate. The only way to ensure that credentials are valid is to perform a source verification request (SVR). An SVR examines the validity of the credentials on a document and the record or history of the credentials being awarded to the individual by the issuing organization (such as a medical school having a record of issuing a medical diploma to an individual). Upon successful completion of the SVR process, where all credentials and records have been verified, these documents are stored in the PCRC repository.
A step by step Quick Reference Guide is located on the PCRC website at www.pcrc.org/en/guides/quick.shtml.
There is a fee involved in this process. Details can be obtained from the PCRC website at www.pcrc.org.
Step 2: Write the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE)
International medical students must take the MCCEE as a prerequisite for eligibility to the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination. To be eligible for the MCCEE you must be a student from a medical school not accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or the U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education, but listed with the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and must be in the final clinical year of their medical school program.
The MCCEE is offered up to six times per year at more than 500 centres in 73 countries worldwide. Prometric is the Medical Council of Canada’s provider for scheduling and administering the MCCEE.
In preparing for the MCCEE it is highly recommended that you take the Self Administered Evaluating Examination. This is an online practice examination which demonstrates how the computer-based exam operates. There is a cost involved in this self examination, but it may very well be the best money you will spend while in medical school.
Information about the application, scheduling and payment processes can be obtained on the Medical Council of Canada’s website (www.mcc.ca).
Step 3: Apply to Canadian Residency Match Service (CaRMS)
Carms is a national not-for-profit organization that facilitates the process for medical graduates to arrange their residency placement in Canadian postgraduate programs. It is the main gateway towards residency or postgraduate training within Canada. CaRMS provides an orderly and transparent process for applicants to decide where to train in Canada and for programs to indicate which applicants they wish to enrol in medical residency training.
The CaRMS match is run in two iterations. To be eligible for participation in the first iteration, you must obtain a medical degree by July 1 of the match year. The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine and Province of Manitoba Health Authorities have agreed that the first iteration of the CaRMS match will be open to both Canadian Graduates and International Medical Graduates in one competitive stream.
International Medical Graduates must meet the following requirements to apply to CaRMS:
- Be a graduate of a medical school listed by FAIMER
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (notarized proof required)
- A pass mark on the MCCEE exam
Manitoba provincial requirements also include:
- English language proficiency based on TOEFL score of at least 100 computer-based (TOEFL-iBT) with a minimum score of 25 for speaking and listening, or 600 written. Information regarding TOEFL-iBT can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website at http://www.ets.org/toefl.
An application and detailed information can be found on the CaRMS website at www.carms.ca.