To work with us you will need to be licensed to work in BC as a family practice physician.
- Be a Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)
- Have a College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC License
If you have these credentials, or are working towards them, we want to talk to you.
If you want to get started towards receiving these credentials then HealthMatchBC.org is your first stop to get a license to practice medicine in BC.
- All vetting or certification processes for doctors wanting to practice in BC starts with HealthMatchBC
- Applicants for Ireland, UK, Australia, USA and Canada are eligible for direct processing
- All applicants should log on to www.healthmatchbc.org and create a personal account in order to be evaluated
- Applicants from some countries (Germany, Iran, India, South Africa, NZ few others) are referred to PRABC www.prabc.ca but usually only if they fulfill some basic requirements of HealthMatch.
- Final approval to practice comes from the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons
HealthMatchBC strongly recommends that all international doctors
- contact www.healthmatchbc.org
- create a personal account so that your particular situation can be evaluated
All the contacts and links regarding practicing in BC are available through this process.
This page lists some information that International Doctors may find useful in determining whether a job in Canada is possible.
Registration and Licensing
(source College of Physicians & Surgeons BC)
The College has legislated registration requirements that must be met before a physician can obtain a licence to practise medicine in British Columbia. The role of the College and its authority to grant registration are set out in the Health Professions Act and the Bylaws made under the Act.
Before making a decision, the College carefully reviews an applicants credentials including education, training, and relevant practice experience. The College also checks an applicant’s character references, and health status, and carefully considers any outstanding investigations, disciplinary actions or practice restrictions from other jurisdictions to ensure that only qualified, competent and ethical physicians are granted registration and given a licence to practise medicine. Physicians who are registered with the College are referred to as registrants.
Primary source verification of qualifications and documents is a fundamental part of credentialing. All qualifications and documents submitted by applicants must be verified by the source organization. To carry out primary source verification, the College relies on the completion of official forms and certificates issued by the source organization and sent directly to the College. The College also relies on the services of the Physicians Credentials Registry of Canada for verification of an applicants medical degree and other basic credentials.
Applications from physicians seeking registration with the College are reviewed by the registration department. Physicians who do not meet all of the requirements for obtaining registration in the full class for independent practice may be eligible for provisional registration, which permits them to practise medicine with limits and conditions granted by the Registration Committee.
International medical graduates (IMGs) who meet the postgraduate training requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (the College) may be eligible for a provisional licence to practise medicine in BC.
Applicants must have a medical degree plus two years accredited and approved postgraduate training with a basic core of 44 weeks consisting of:
Rotations of eight weeks in:
Plus rotations of four weeks each in:
- emergency medicine (A&E)
- family/general practice.
Medical Council of Canada (MCC) examinationMedical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) will be waived with reciprocity for those candidates with MRCGP, MICGP, ABFM, FRACGP, or FACRRM.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
The College requires that physicians provide evidence of English proficiency. Results must be within the last two years. Physicians are considered to have met the English proficiency requirements if:
- the language of instruction at medical school was English, and
- the primary language of patient care was English, and
- the first and native language of the country where the candidate was granted their medical degree is English.
Physicians who have not met these requirements will require a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)with a total score of 96 and a score of 24 in each component. A TOEFL score is valid for a period of two years from the date taken and must be submitted with the application.
The College will accept the Academic IELTS English Proficiency examination. Physicians should have an Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7.
SOURCE VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) maintains a website,physiciansapply.ca, as a centralized electronic repository of a physicians core medical credentials and offers a national standardized approach to source verification of credentials. It is designed to gather, verify, and permanently store credentials in its centralized repository called the MCC Physician Credentials Repository (formerly known as the Physicians Credential Registry of Canada or PCRC).
The College requires physicians who have completed medical education outside of Canada, and are seeking registration/licensure in BC, to submit copies of certain credentials to physiciansapply.ca for source verification. Your Medical Degree and Passport must be verified as Passed before licensure by the College is approved.
The Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is the qualification given on the successful completion of the Medical Council Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCCQE-1) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 2 (MCCQE-2).
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia requires completion of the MCCEE before you can practise in British Columbia. This does not apply to US or Canadian medical school graduates or residents. As a condition of ongoing licensure, you may be required to complete the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exams, Parts 1 and 2 within three to five years after you start practising medicine in British Columbia.
Successful completion of the MCC examinations does not mean a physician will meet the licensing requirements of each provincial licensing body.
- MCCEE is required prior to arrival in BC in most cases.
- Applicants who are College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) eligible for Certification without Examination will be MCCEE exempt.
MCCQE-1 and MCCQE-2
- MCCQE-1 and MCCQE-2 must be completed within three years of start of practice in BC.
The College recognizes the following examinations in lieu of the LMCC:
- National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
- Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX)
- United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLEs) Steps 1, 2, and 3
- Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX)
Candidates who have trained outside of Canada and the United States and have completed any of the above exams may be eligible for a waiver to be exempted from having to write the MCC examinations. The CCFP designation may be granted without examination by the CFPC to physicians in approved jurisdictions:
- Australia FRACGP or FACRRM
- United Kingdom MRCGP
- Ireland MICGP
- United States ABFM
Note: Those who have obtained one of the accepted designations through a practice eligible route are not eligible to apply for CCFP without examination.