Registration and licensure for visiting physicians and observers

All physicians interacting with patients must hold registration and licensure with the College. Interacting with patients may be standing in a room while a patient interview is conducted, or providing direct care to a patient. Additionally, registration and licensure is required for physicians who visit a medical facility or clinic as part of an interview process if they will be observing patient interactions.

Section 2-30 of the College Bylaws under the Health Professions Act outlines the requirement to be registered and licensed as a visiting physician. Registration in the visitor class cannot exceed six months in duration. A physician who is registered in the visitor class requires a supervisor who is a registrant with the College and meets the College requirements for being a supervisor, as outlined in the Registration Committee’s policy Supervisor Eligibility Requirements. The proposed sponsor must submit a written request that includes the specific dates and locations where the applicant physician will be visiting and must clearly specify the name of a College registrant, acceptable to the Registration Committee, who will be responsible for supervising the visiting physician.

An applicant physician for the visitor class must be legally entitled to visit or reside in Canada and must complete an appropriate College registration application form. The applicant physician must also provide

  • a photocopy of their medical degree and specialty certification,
  • a photocopy of their passport,
  • a Certificate of Professional Conduct as required, dated within 60 days of their intended start date,
  • their consent to a criminal record check, and
  • evidence of English language proficiency in accordance with the College’s English Language Proficiency Requirements policy.

Applicants seeking registration and licensure in the visitor class for a period of 28 days or less may request an exemption from the College’s English language proficiency requirements if they attest that, during their period of registration and licensure in the visitor class, they will

  • not interact with patients,
  • not have involvement or influence over the care of patients, 
  • not influence the decision-making of the patient or supervisor,
  • not assist with procedures or edit medical records of patients, and
  • not engage in the teaching of learners or other medical practitioners.

An applicant’s request for an exemption from the English language proficiency requirements must be supported by a letter from the proposed supervisor, satisfactory to the College.