Canadian accreditation for foreign doctors

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  1. FCS

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    Hello, is there anyone here familiar with the Canadian accreditation process for foreign doctors? This is for general practioners and basically I need to know what the fastest way is to finish the process.

    This is a matter of great importance and your suggestion would be invaluable to me. Thank you very much in advance.

    Ferry
     


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    Hi, a few years ago my mother had to undergo this process. She qualified many years ago in another country, and took time off to raise my brother and I.

    It took a lot of studying to pass several exams and I believe 2-3 years of residence. She got some time taken off because she received top honours in everything, but most of the qualifiers (only something like 20 in Ontario out of 400 who write the exam) it takes quite a while.

    My mother who is now a prof of medicine and has a practice has residents in the same program that she was in who while qualifying were pizza delivery boys...

    Strange stupid system it is.
     


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    PHV, thank you very much for your reply. May I ask how long it took you mother to finish everything and able to do her own practice? What city / province is she in, btw?
     


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    She's in Ontario, working at McMaster and UofT. I think the whole spiel took her 3 years, I don't recall. She is actually in a group practice right now. No overhead, very solid deal.

    My dad runs his own practice and half of his billings take care of his overhead.
     


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    PHV, I heard about this program where they could fast-track the accreditation process for general practioners, but I can't find any information about it. Have you heard about such a thing? Alternatively, are you aware of any accelerated process (hopefully under 1.5 years) that could qualify a foreign MD to do decent works in the medical field? Perhaps not for a general practice but something that could be used to work in a hospital, for example.
     


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    No, at least not in Ontario. In the western provinces like Alberta, there is apparently such a thing, but then you have to work in the area they designate, and that could end up being some desolate cultural void. You are going to be practicing medicine for the rest of your life, so don't skimp out and try to find the quickest solution. The best thing you can do is to contact the Canadian College of Physicians on Monday.
     


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    PHV, this is not for me (I'm in the financial profession), it's for my parents. My dad is 58 and my mother is 54, both of them are doctors. It's quite a hefty price tag if the process takes more than 3 years, plus they have commitments in Toronto and will find it difficult if they have to go through residency in underserviced areas.
     


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    well, thats getting kind of late to get back into practice... but they might as well try. The process is extremely gruelling, so I can only offer my caution. Tons of studying, late hours, fast paced life.
     


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