A University degree does not give the right to practice
the profession of Medicine. It is also necessary to conform with the laws
pertaining to the practice of Medicine in that province, state or country in
which the individual proposes to practice.
In Canada, the regulation of health disciplines is a
provincial responsibility and each province has its own provincial college of
physicians and surgeons. The provincial colleges maintain registers of
individuals that have met the requirements for the practice of medicine.
Currently, all provinces except Quebec require the candidate to have passed
Part I and Part II examination of the Medical Council of Canada to be eligible
for a license to practice.
Further, all provincial colleges require that individuals
wishing to be registered for the independent practice of Medicine successfully
complete a minimum period of two years of postgraduate training and be a certificant of the College of Family Physicians or
complete specialty training and be a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Canada.
Kingston is a centre for Part I and Part II of the
qualifying examination of the Medical Council of Canada. Part I is given in the
spring on completion of the academic year for final year medical students. Part
II is given in the fall upon completion of at least one year of postgraduate
training. Application forms and instructions will be issued to final year
students at the appropriate time. Information regarding the examinations may be
obtained from the Registrar, The Medical Council of Canada, P.O. Box 8234,
Station "T", 100-2238 St. Laurent
Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H7, Tel: 613-521-6012; Fax: 613-521-9509; MCC online: http://www.mcc.ca
Due to human resources planning policies, each of the
provincial governments may place restrictions on individuals who have not
trained in that province or who have not met the criteria for independent
practice in that province. There also may be restrictions on practice location
for recent graduates. Individuals should check with the current provincial
policies prior to making commitments for practice.