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    mightymundane is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Avalon University School of Medicine and American Board of Family Medicine

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    Hey everyone!

    So I was recently accepted into Avalon Universities 4 year MD program as my future goal was too hopefully become a licensed family physician in Canada.

    I was looking at perhaps doing my 3 years of family medicine residency in the US and then getting board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. After that, I would return back to Canada under the Pathway 4 route (shadowing a physician for 18 months and then doing practice assessments to receive my Ontario Licensure).

    However, the problem I found was that one of the eligibilities in order to get board licensed for family medicine is that one would have to have a full, unrestricted, valid medical license in ALL US Jurisdictions. The exact quote found on the American Board of Family Medicine webpage is "To obtain and maintain certification, a physician must hold a currently valid, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in all jurisdictions in the United States." To me, this seems like a problem as Avalon is not currently accredited with NY, California, Texas, and Florida.

    However, if anyone would love to give their feedback that would be great as maybe I made a mistake in my research.
    Last edited by mightymundane; 12-21-2014 at 11:15 PM.

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    "The ABFM requires residents who entered family medicine residency training on or after June 1, 2012 (including those who received advanced placement credit for prior training in another specialty, including osteopathic training) to complete the Resident MC-FP Entry Process. In order to become certified by the ABFM, the following requirements must be met:

    Completion of 50 MC-FP points which includes:
    Minimum of one (1) Self-Assessment Module (SAM)-15 points each
    Minimum of one (1) Part IV Performance in Practice activity with data from a patient population-20 points each
    Additional approved Part II or Part IV activities to reach a minimum of 50 points.
    Application and full examination fee for the MC-FP examination
    Attainment of a full, valid, unrestricted and permanent medical license and compliance with the Guidelines on Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct
    Successful completion of family medicine residency training and verification by the program
    Successful completion of the MC-FP examination"

    "Licensure Requirements
    To obtain and maintain certification, all candidates and Diplomates must hold a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada and be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct."

    https://www.theabfm.org/cert/index.aspx

    Where did you see, "in all jurisdictions"?? There is no such thing as a single license that covers all jurisdictions in the USA! Each State, District or Territory issues a Physician and Surgeon license which is valid in its own Jurisdiction with a few exceptions. For example, once one holds a license in one State or territory, they can practice in Federal facilities like prisons, military bases, veteran hospitals, Native American Reservation clinics, etc. without obtaining an additional license.

    If I were you, I would be concerned about how realistic it is to become a Physician in Canada after attending a foreign school! Residencies are not easy to find in the USA or Canada for that matter! Getting a work visa is also required to get a residency in the USA and it is not a guarantee even for a medical resident! Good luck!
    Last edited by leadsled; 12-22-2014 at 08:48 AM.

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    mightymundane is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Leadsled, thanks for the reply!

    if you don't mind me asking, are you currently a student at AvalonU?

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    Nope, never heard of it!

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