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How to become a Doctor in Canada
There are Three pathways to become a Doctor in Canada. Primary one is to complete the Medical Program from any of 17 accredited Canadian Medical schools. Other alternate is to complete the Medical Program from any of the accredited US Medical Schools. And third option is to pursue Medical Program at a non accredited medical school Outside Canada and US and then complete residency requirements in Canada.
medical pathway in canada
Pathway in Canada
How Much doctors Earn in Canada?
When looking at the earning potential of being a doctor, you must first consider the residency period. Residency or postgraduate training lasts between two and six years, depending on specialization. In general a resident in Canada would make anywhere between $50,000 to $95,000 depending on the province. After completing residency, the salary would typically range between $260,000 to $380,000 again depending on the province. Join the Knerdy community, at no cost, to check the province wise details on Doctor Salaries in Canada.
snapshot of med school requirements
Summarized profile of 14 English Language Med Schools in Canada covering: Academic requirements;
Prerequisite courses; GPA requirements; MCAT requirements; Non Academic requirements; Historical trends.
studying medicine outside canada!
If for any reason you decide to seek admission to a medical school outside Canada, consider this:
Returning to practice medicine in Canada may prove difficult.
This is not meant to deter you from seeking education outside Canada. Many Canadian citizens have gone abroad to study in recognized reputable universities. However, do keep in mind that that there can be limitations on recognition of foreign earned Medical Degrees. Strong motivation, determination and adequate academic preparation are in themselves no guarantee that a Canadian citizen who attends a foreign medical school will be able to train or practice medicine in Canada.
Canadians Applying in US Medical Schools
Good News! Acceptance rates are close to 40% for American school applicants and this is mainly because there are so many more schools in the US. Applying to US Medical School would be an option if one can afford it (5-10 times more expensive than the Med Schools in Canada), or have aspirations of doing residency in the US.
Not all US medical schools would accept Canadian Applicants. US medical schools vary in terms of whether they classify Canadian students as international students or not. Penn State, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Yale all view Canadian citizens the same way as US citizens. Many other schools classify Canadians as international students.
Interested to see the list of "Canadian Friendly" US Medical Schools?
Who is an International Medical Graduate (IMG)?
There are 17 accredited medical education programs at Canadian faculties of medicine and 147 Accredited MD Programs in the United States. Medical Schools in Canada are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). American medical schools are accredited by the LCME.
Anyone who completes a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree outside of these accredited Canadian and American programs and wants to then undertake residency training or practice medicine in Canada is considered an international medical graduate (IMG).
IMGs may apply to residency programs in Canada, but there are additional steps they must take and examinations they must pass. It is important to note that those who complete MD training outside of the accredited programs in Canada and the US have no guarantee of securing a training position in Canada, let alone in their desired specialty or practice location.