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    Specialist Registration in Canada

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    Hi. I am a specialist practising in the United Kingdom in Orthopaedic Surgery. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about how easy or difficult it would be to obtain a specialist licence to practise in Canada? All of the information available seems to relate to how difficult it is to gain residency places. Is it possible to bypass residency, or must a experienced IMG go through the residency system?

    I am interested in practising in a rural area predominantly.

    Many thanks for your time.

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    Specialist Registration in Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by stavex
    Hi. I am a specialist practising in the United Kingdom in Orthopaedic Surgery. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about how easy or difficult it would be to obtain a specialist licence to practise in Canada? All of the information available seems to relate to how difficult it is to gain residency places. Is it possible to bypass residency, or must a experienced IMG go through the residency system?

    I am interested in practising in a rural area predominantly.

    Many thanks for your time.

    hello, I've done a lot of research on this topic so I'll tell you what I know.

    first of all since you're from the UK your training is equivalent to Canadian training so at least that will be recognized. Secondly you will have to write the MCCEE, MCCQQ1, MCCQQ2 and any specialist examinations for the speciality you are seeking. Your best bet would be to immigrate to a province like Newfoundland or Manitoba where they have programs set up for grads from overseas...and your UK qualifications will probably give you a better chance there.

    Ontario also has a new program where they can assess your skills for a number of years and you get registration that way without having to take a lot of tests. As you said whether or not you are interested in working in a rural area that is where you'll end up.

    Canadian licensing is among the toughest in the world, and they will not give you a license very easily...but as I said being a UK qualified doc will definitely help esp. in IMG friendly provinces.

    check out [blocked by request].com i have posted all the links to the new ontario program under the Canadian IMG section as redshifteffect
    best of luck!

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    clarification

    Just one small clarification: graduates of the UK, Ireland, etc are not required to write the MCCEE. They rest they must write.
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    Thanks very much for the infomation. I was under the impression that one had to take the MCCEE irrespective of where the primary medical degree was obtained. Can anyone clarify this, the MCC website appears very indistinct on this point.

    Secondly, as one who has been specialised in surgery for 7 years, and orthopaedics for 4 years, the idea of resitting exams based on undergraduate medicine does not inspire me with a lot of confidence. What are the respective chances of passing these exams... how hard are they?

    Many thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by stavex
    Thanks very much for the infomation. I was under the impression that one had to take the MCCEE irrespective of where the primary medical degree was obtained. Can anyone clarify this, the MCC website appears very indistinct on this point.

    Secondly, as one who has been specialised in surgery for 7 years, and orthopaedics for 4 years, the idea of resitting exams based on undergraduate medicine does not inspire me with a lot of confidence. What are the respective chances of passing these exams... how hard are they?

    Many thanks again
    CanIMG are you sure UK grads don't have to take the MCCEE? I was under the impression they do.

    Stavex if you go to the [blocked by request] site that I posted a link to you will see that Ontario has a new program where you are not required to take any exams. Its a "fast" track program where you can be observed for a number of years and if you pass this observation period you can get a license.

    If you decided to take the testing pathway you will definitely have to take time out to study..I can't give you percentages for passing but I can tell you that a lot of ppl. find them challenging.

    Best of luck.

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    fast track

    The link to the Registration Through Practice Assessment program is here:
    http://www.cpso.on.ca/Info_physician.../rpafactsh.htm
    Note that it only applies to Ontario. You must have been in independent practice for 5 years, so you might be a year shy...but check out the other programs offered in Ontario and the other provinces.

    As for who must write the EE, the MCC site doesn't seem to support what I'm saying but I could swear that I read it somewhere. Perhaps I'm off on that point...if I find where I got it from I'll post here.
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