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Requirements for full registration as a specialist

 

All candidates for full licensure must meet the following requirements:

  • graduated in medicine from a university or medical school approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) Council
  • be Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
  • hold a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Certification in their specialty
  • satisfy the Registrar that they are permanently residing in British Columbia or will be imminently
  • must be a Canadian citizen or satisfy the Registrar that they are legally entitled to live and work in Canada.

 

Requirements for provisional registration as a specialist

 

Foreign physicians frequently do not meet the requirements for full registration.  However, they may be considered for provisional registration.  Once working on a provisional license, physicians are expected to aspire to complete the requirements for a full license as outlined above if they plan to stay in British Columbia in the long term.  Provisional licenses may be renewed annually.

 

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia assesses the eligibility of foreign physicians for provisional registration based on the following criteria:

  • graduated in medicine from a university or medical school approved by the CPSBC Council
  • successful completion of the first portion of the MCC examinations; referred to as either the "Evaluating Exam" or the MCCEE (US-trained physicians with USMLEs steps 1-3 exempted)
  • deemed eligible to write the RCPSC exams
  • specialists trained in the United States must be board certified in the United States.

 

For candidates deemed eligible by the CPSBC for provisional licensure in BC, a job offer from an underserved community, which has been unable to attract a suitable Canadian candidate, is required for provisional registration.  Health Match BC posts vacancies from underserved communities in the province on its website.  Health Match BC's experienced recruitment consultants can assist physicians in matching their professional needs and lifestyle preferences with the various employment opportunities.

 

The RCPSC assesses the postgraduate training credentials of physicians wishing to write their exams.  Not all physicians are deemed eligible to write the exams.  At the present time, assessment requests will be considered from candidates who have completed their specialty training in Canada or the United States.  Request for assessments will also be considered for some specialties from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.  For detailed information, please visit the Royal College's website at www.rcpsc.medical.org to determine if your qualifications meet their criteria.  Please note that the dates listed in the RCPSC website are the training commencement dates.  The assessment generally takes 18-24 months.

 

For most specialties, a minimum of five years of postgraduate training in an accredited and approved school of medicine is required.  You must also have achieved certification as a specialist through completion of certifying examinations in the jurisdiction where your training was completed.

 

United Kingdom: Specialists with postgraduate training from the UK or Ireland must hold the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT/CCST), or equivalent, from the UK Higher Specialist Training Authority (Medicine or Surgery).

 

United States: Specialists with postgraduate training from the US (of equal duration and content to the Specialty Training Requirements of the RCPSC must hold American Board Certification.  Upon completion of 18 months of supervised practise and completion of an assessment of competency satisfactory to the CPSBC Registration Committee - provided you are a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen - then you may be advanced to the full register, without the requirement to complete any Canadian examinations.

 

For detailed information about the registration criteria and the application process, please visit the CPSBC website at www.cpsbc.ca

 

Examinations

 

To be eligible for full licensure to practise medicine in British Columbia, physicians must attain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). To become a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, physicians need to successfully complete three Canadian examinations administered by the Medical Council of Canada.

 

The three exams are comprised of the following:

1. Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)

2. Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1

3. Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 2

 

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The B.C. PNP is available to assist eligible foreign physicians to obtain permanent resident status in an expedited manner.  This program is administered by the Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with Health Match BC.

Applicants to the BC PNP are required to have been working in British Columbia under a Temporary Work Permit for a period of approximately 9 months or more.  During this time, they have passed their Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) (if applicable) and been given a positive assessment of their performance by their supervising physician. 

  1. Notification of eligibility for the B.C. PNP will be sent to the physician by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.
  2. The Physician completes the application forms and mails the application to Health Match BC.  For more information about the process, please read the Health Match BC process document for the PNP. To download the Physician PNP Checklist, click here.  To download the forms listed in the Physician Checklist, visit the BC PNP website.
  3. The physician receives a nomination letter from the B.C. Ministry of Economic Development so they can proceed with their permanent residency application with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

For further details about the B.C. PNP or to request an application be mailed to you, contact Health Match BC, Suite 200 - 1333 W. Broadway Ave., Vancouver B.C.   V6H 4C6.  Tel: 604-736-5920 or by email at recruit@healthmatchbc.org.


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