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Employment Requirements: Registration/Licensing

Requirements for Full Registration as a Family Practitioner
All candidates for full licensure must meet the following requirements:
  1. Graduated in medicine from a university or medical school approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) Council;
  2. Be Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC);
  3. Satisfy the Registrar that they are permanently residing in British Columbia or will be imminently.
  4. Must be a Canadian Citizen or satisfy the Registrar that they are legally entitled to live and work in Canada.
  5. Have one of the following:
  (a) Hold the Canadian Family Practice Certificate (CFPC);
OR
(b) Satisfactory completion of 2 years of accredited and approved postgraduate training with a basic core of 44 weeks consisting of 8 weeks in each of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics, and 4 weeks in each of Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Family/General Practice.  One of the two years must be in Canada, if not a Canadian graduate,
OR
(c) Satisfactory completion of 2 years of accredited and approved postgraduate training with a basic core of 44 weeks consisting of 8 weeks in each of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics, and 4 weeks in each of Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Family/General Practice, and five years practice in British Columbia on the Temporary Register and a satisfactory assessment by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

Requirements for Temporary Registration as a Family Practitioner
Foreign physicians frequently do not meet the requirements for full registration, however they may be considered for temporary registration.  Once working on a temporary license, physicians are expected to aspire to complete the requirements for a full license listed under option 4c above if they plan to stay in British Columbia long term.  Temporary licenses may be renewed annually.

To qualify for registration in the Temporary Register, physicians must have:

  1. Graduated in medicine from a university or medical school approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) Council.
  2. Completed at least two years of accredited and approved postgraduate training, which includes the minimum rotations set out in the regulations.  The CPSBC exercises full discretion in deciding whether a candidate's training is "accredited and approved".
  3. Deemed eligibility to write the LMCC examinations.

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

Requirements for a Full Registration as a Specialist
All candidates for full licensure must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduated in medicine from a university or medical school approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) Council.
  2. Be Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC).
  3. Hold a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Certification in your specialty.
  4. Satisfy the Registrar that they are a permanently residing in British Columbia or will be imminently.
  5. Must be a Canadian Citizen or satisfy the Registrar that they are legally entitled to live and work in Canada.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 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. Requests 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 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's website are the training commencement dates.  The assessment generally takes 18-24 months.

*In order to meet eligibility requirements, Psychiatrists who have completed postgraduate training in Australia and New Zealand must have qualified with the RANZCP in the year 2000 or later.

Requirements for a Temporary Registration as a Specialist
Foreign physicians frequently do not meet the requirements for full registration, however, they may be considered for temporary registration.  Once working on a temporary 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 long term.  Temporary licenses may be renewed annually.

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

  1. Graduated in medicine from a university or medical school approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) Council.
  2.  Successful completion of at least the first portion of the Medical Council of Canada examinations; referred to as either the "Evaluating Exam" or the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).
  3. Deemed eligibility to write the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams.
  4. Specialists trained in the United States must be board certified in the United States.

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

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 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. Requests 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 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's website are the training commencement dates.  The assessment generally takes 18-24 months.
 
For detailed information about the registration criteria and the application process, please visit the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia website at www.cpsbc.ca 

*In order to meet eligibility requirements, Psychiatrists who have completed postgraduate training in Australia and New Zealand must have qualified with the RANZCP in the year 2000 or later.

Examinations
To be eligible for full registration to practice 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


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