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Canada Is A Closed Door For International Medical Graduates IMG Canada

August 11, 2009

Is the situation for the IMGs in Canada is still the same as shown in this very depressive article.

It is a fact that of all the IMG’s that come to Canada, 90-95% will not obtain a residency. The few that do, do so, after either years and years of trying, or, because they know people in high places who ‘pull strings’ for them

“For Canada to permit regulations to stand, which have as their sole foundation, appeals to discrimination toward Canadian citizens who are graduates of foreign medical schools, is to commit, a violation of the Bill of Rights, as heinous as the original set of injustices and inequalities, for which this Bill of Rights Act was created”

Canada Is A Closed Door For International Medical Graduates IMG Canada.

I read this article a few years ago. In my opinion the situation is not much different now. I am in Canada since 2003, and I haven’t seen any serious action to  make the certification process for IMGs easier. Actually the certification is not a big deal, compare to the USMLE. The preparation doesn’t take that much time and the exam time is shorter. The exam consists of 175 multiple choice questions. Each multiple-choice question has a stem and five options, of which only one is correct. The exam is 4 hours in length. The real problem is not to get a Canadian medical license. The problem is how to find a residency in Canada. May be that’s why many Canadian graduates are trying to relocate and get residencies in US.

Let me know in the comments what you think about being an IMG in Canada.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 16, 2009 2:54 pm

    HI I am resident of pediatrics in Ecuador in the last year of my degree I am planing to go to Canada I got residency because my wife is from Canada, It seems to me be dificult to get a residency overthere, Do you think If I pass USMLE and Council Canada I can get a visa to study in US


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