International Medical Graduates (IMG)

What is an international medical graduate?

An international medical graduate (IMG) is an individual who has trained and obtained a medical degree outside of Canada.

What is required for an IMG to obtain a licence to practise medicine in Canada (BC)?

In addition to such general requirements as English language proficiency, good character, and appropriate professional references, Canadian requirements for full registration include a medical degree from a WHO/FAIMER-recognized medical school, successful completion of a set of national Canadian examinations and, depending on the chosen medical discipline or specialty, two to six years of accredited and approved postgraduate training with successful end-point accreditation exams. Provisional registration may be granted to an IMG prior to completion of the above exams if s/he has completed postgraduate training of appropriate length in an accredited and approved program.

What is the role of the College in helping IMGs obtain registration?

Medical regulatory bodies are not educational institutions and their mandate does not include providing IMGs with the educational opportunities they need to gain the appropriate training and expertise required for registration. Regulatory bodies are required to establish and maintain standards for registration, which must be consistently applied to all applicants.