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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:

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.

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