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    a "Statement of Need" letter

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    what does the "Statement of Need" letter from the Health Ministry look like? what is the different from other country? coz I know it is very easy to get one from indian goverment upon you request?

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    Statement of Need from Health Canada, format

    The wording is prescribed by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. See their website www.ecfmg.org, and read the instuctions for J1 sponsorship - Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program.

    Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents in Canada are eligible to receive a Statement of Need from Canada once they submit proof of Citizenship or Permanent Residence and other documents that clearly demonstrate suitability of the U.S. training for medical practice in Canada. The applicant must agree to meet Canadian certification and licensing requirements within a period of time and must demonstrate they will return to Canada. Provinces and Territories inform Health Canada annually which specialties are currently in need and which may be supported. Training programs that do not lead to licensure and certification in Canada are not supported. Health Canada issues the Statement of Need directly to ECFMG.
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    question

    user PM to me.. anyone have any answers?

    do u have to take the evaluating exam on the JAN date to be able to meet deadlines for july residency start date or is it possible to take the exam on the May date and still get paperwork for a J1 (statement of need) complete for a july residency start date...

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    Question

    How does one demonstrate "suitability of the U.S. training for medical practice in Canada"?

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    Re: question

    do u have to take the evaluating exam on the JAN date to be able to meet deadlines for july residency start date or is it possible to take the exam on the May date and still get paperwork for a J1 (statement of need) complete for a july residency start date...
    This was my exact dilemma in Oct/Nov 2004 because I was unsure of whether I would go for the H1 or J1. I was going to start residency in July 2005 but had missed the "late" deadline for the Evaluating Exam Jan 2005.

    I spoke to the lady who writes the Statement of Need letter and asked her the same question you just asked. She said that if I did take the exam in May 2005 I would receive the Statement of Need letter most probably in mid-July, so that I would start residency a month late.
    She said if the residency program really wanted me "badly" they will wait Obviously this is done on an individual basis.

    I did manage to secure a spot for January, wrote the exam, and passed.

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    Re: question

    Quote Originally Posted by almd2b
    This was my exact dilemma in Oct/Nov 2004 because I was unsure of whether I would go for the H1 or J1. I was going to start residency in July 2005 but had missed the "late" deadline for the Evaluating Exam Jan 2005.

    I spoke to the lady who writes the Statement of Need letter and asked her the same question you just asked. She said that if I did take the exam in May 2005 I would receive the Statement of Need letter most probably in mid-July, so that I would start residency a month late.
    She said if the residency program really wanted me "badly" they will wait Obviously this is done on an individual basis.

    I did manage to secure a spot for January, wrote the exam, and passed.

    A.
    Did you get the Statement of Need yet? I am assuming that you wrote EE in Jan because you suceeded in finding a residency position in the US.
    Additionally, did you write USMLE3, so that you could apply for H1 instead? and if you did write it, when did you do it?

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    Re: Statement of Need from Health Canada, format

    Quote Originally Posted by HealthCanadaProgAdmin
    The wording is prescribed by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. See their website www.ecfmg.org, and read the instuctions for J1 sponsorship - Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program.

    Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents in Canada are eligible to receive a Statement of Need from Canada once they submit proof of Citizenship or Permanent Residence and other documents that clearly demonstrate suitability of the U.S. training for medical practice in Canada. The applicant must agree to meet Canadian certification and licensing requirements within a period of time and must demonstrate they will return to Canada. Provinces and Territories inform Health Canada annually which specialties are currently in need and which may be supported. Training programs that do not lead to licensure and certification in Canada are not supported. Health Canada issues the Statement of Need directly to ECFMG.
    Great information, from what I know provincial Health Ministries write to Ottawa to state they have a need for this specialty (in actual fact we have a need for all specialties) and Ottawa in turn supplies this letter to ECFMG.

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    Re: question

    [quote="kashifc
    Did you get the Statement of Need yet? I am assuming that you wrote EE in Jan because you suceeded in finding a residency position in the US.
    Additionally, did you write USMLE3, so that you could apply for H1 instead? and if you did write it, when did you do it?[/quote]

    Actually, I received the application forms for the Statement of Need(SON) letter today by email.

    I wrote the EE in Jan because I was unsure of which program I would get accepted into in terms of sponsoring of visas. The match was in March, so I had to do the EE early so that I could get the SON letter in time before residency begins.

    I am actually studying for Step 3 right now. Hoping to write it within a month. IT really isnt' up to me if I want to apply for the H1B, it's up to the hospital where I will do residency at.

    A.

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    Re: question

    Quote Originally Posted by almd2b
    Actually, I received the application forms for the Statement of Need(SON) letter today by email.

    I wrote the EE in Jan because I was unsure of which program I would get accepted into in terms of sponsoring of visas. The match was in March, so I had to do the EE early so that I could get the SON letter in time before residency begins.

    I am actually studying for Step 3 right now. Hoping to write it within a month. IT really isnt' up to me if I want to apply for the H1B, it's up to the hospital where I will do residency at.

    A.
    I am in the same boat. I wrote EE in Jan, and am writing step 3 next month, in the hope the program will sponsor H1. For now, they are saying that it will be VERY difficult, as I won't get the step 3 result before end of May, at best. So, I guess my best bet is J1. I am also writing QE1 in May.

    Did you find a residency in March match? Any information about my question above, about suitability of a US program for licensure in Ontario?

    Thanks
    Kash

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    oh

    can you write EE anytime of the year so as long as it's after your graduation? someone told me that it's only offered twice a year in march and september....

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