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    BC Licensure. Great News!

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    Just spoke with the college of physicians for British Columbia and they have informed me that the USMLE 1-3 will be accepted in lieu of the LMCC. One less set of exams to write!
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    Yawyeah! The Caribbean, here I come.

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    waaat?...u serious???...thats seems too good to be true!...

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    If only the other provinces would follow accordingly...providence at last!

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    yea...hopefully all the provinces follow!...would make it so much easier for us canadianS!...but yaay to BC>...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Costa View Post
    yea...hopefully all the provinces follow!...would make it so much easier for us canadianS!...but yaay to BC>...
    Well as we were talking about in the other thread. Ontario has it... or better yet HAD it and this year the new policy that will be going in to affect is requiring MCC exams for everyone.

    The new policy by BC is a surprise. It is probably just temporary like Ontario's was. It will be around for 3-5 years and then they will replenish some of the shortage they have, or let in the people they want and then they will close it up again. Especially after all the students coming out of UVIC and UNBC start graduating and finishing with residency.

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    do u have a link that says that? couldnt find anything on the bcimg website or the bc college of physicians and surgeons,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by CANeh View Post
    Well as we were talking about in the other thread. Ontario has it... or better yet HAD it and this year the new policy that will be going in to affect is requiring MCC exams for everyone.

    The new policy by BC is a surprise. It is probably just temporary like Ontario's was. It will be around for 3-5 years and then they will replenish some of the shortage they have, or let in the people they want and then they will close it up again. Especially after all the students coming out of UVIC and UNBC start graduating and finishing with residency.
    Temporary? can you confirm this? as far as the website says, there is usmle reciprocity. i haven't heard anything about it being temporary for ontario

    there's no link. you can email the bc college as i did. on the website they only state equivalent american exams. you have to email them to get them to state specifically the usmles
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtrain View Post
    Temporary? can you confirm this? as far as the website says, there is usmle reciprocity. i haven't heard anything about it being temporary for ontario
    Practice in Ontario
    A certificate of registration for independent practice authorizes the holder to engage in independent, unsupervised medical practice.

    Requirements for obtaining an Independent Practice certificate

    1) A medical degree from an accredited Canadian or US medical school or from an acceptable medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
    2) Successful completion of Parts 1 and 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination.
    3) Certification by examination by either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
    4) Completion in Canada of one year of postgraduate training or active medical practice, or completion of a full clinical clerkship at an accredited Canadian medical school.
    5) Canadian Citizenship or permanent resident status.

    Terms, conditions and limitations
    The holder of the certificate may only practise in the areas in which he or she is educated and experienced.
    The holder of the independent practice certificate is entitled to all the rights and responsibilities of a physician in Ontario and must pay the annual membership fee to the College to maintain the independent practice certificate.
    Note: The College does not recognize any alternatives to these qualifications except those set out in our various registration policies.

    Requirements | Registration | College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

    Applicants who are not licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada but who have successfully completed one of the following examinations:

    1) USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3. Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is required if Step 2 was taken after June 12, 2004.
    2) ECFMG certification plus USMLE Step 3. Applies to international medical school graduates who passed USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) between July 1, 1998 to June 14, 2004.
    3) FLEX component 1 and component 2 successfully completed (score of 75 on each component) between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 1994.
    NBME Part 1, 2 and 3, successfully completed between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 1994.
    4) The Comprehensive Osteopathic Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) Levels 1, 2 and 3. COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation (PE) component is required if Level 2 was completed after September 2004. (Applies to graduates of osteopathic schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.)
    5) Examen Clinique Objectif Structuré (ECOS) of the Collège des Médecins du Québec passed between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 2000.

    may be eligible for a certificate of registration with the following conditions, provided the applicant meets all other criteria for registration:

    1) The physician must practice with a mentor and/or supervisor until he or she has successfully completed an assessment.
    2) The physician must undergo an assessment after completing a minimum of one year of practice in Ontario. The certificate of registration automatically expires 18 months from the date of issuance, but may be renewed by the Registration Committee, with or without additional or other terms, conditions and limitations.


    All applications submitted under this policy require review and approval by the College’s Registration Committee.

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    So why the flip flopping? All answers here. What you need to ask yourself is whether you think that BC will adopt the Canadian national standard.

    Note that while the requirements for a full license have been defined (on a national level), the requirements for a restricted (defined) license (such as you could now obtain with the USMLEs in lieu of the LMCCs) has not yet been laid out (ergo, the national standard for the restricted license may change in future).

    PS - Getting a license to practice is hard enough even if you did everything the usual way. Save yourself trouble in the long run and get your LMCCs. They're easy - it's the Royal College exams that are hard.
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