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Graduates of Medical Schools listed in the FAIMER Directory, who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada covered under an approved Exchange Program with their home Government
(Non-Ministry Funded Positions)

Medical doctors who are graduates of Medical Schools listed in the FAIMER Directory (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research: ), who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who are covered under an approved Exchange Program with their home Government may apply as follows:

Files for applicants considered under these exchange programs are channeled to the office of the Associate Dean by the Government, Embassy or Agency concerned. We are unable to consider files sent directly by the trainees or by other physicians on their behalf or files submitted directly to the program. You are urged to contact your sponsoring agency for information on the application process, as failure to do this will negatively impact on your application. Only trainees accepted via an exchange program may be considered for programs more than 3 years in length.

Files of eligible selected applicants will be transmitted to the Program Director by the Postgrad Admissions office. Eligible selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

Please note that in order for a physician to be able to be considered for a fellowship (post residency training) they must hold a specialty certificate from a Board or College (eg: in order to be able to apply for the Cognitive / Behavioral Neurology Fellowship applicants should be Neurology Specialist).

Once a physician is accepted into a postgraduate program, the Postgraduate Medical Education office of the Faculty of Medicine will submit an application for a letter of eligibility for postgraduate training in the Province of Quebec to the Collège des médecins du Québec on his or her behalf;  there is a fee for this application, which must be paid by the applicant.  Final acceptance is conditional upon obtaining this letter of eligibility as well as meeting the Immigration Requirements (please see that section for information and fees) if required.

Extensions of training are not automatic and can be obtained for valid pedagogical reasons only, pending renewal of eligibility. Please contact your Program Director 12 months in advance.


Only files received directly to the Postgrad Admissions office from the sponsor are considered to be acceptable. All other applications will be refused. 

*Application deadlines for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:

Residency Non-Ministry Funded Positions:

Pediatric Subspecialty Residency programs: March 1, 2015

  PGY-1 Residency programs: August 15, 2015

Medical Subspecialty Residency programs: September 01, 2015

Fellowship programs: September 01, 2015

All programs start July 1st each year.

The following documents sent to the Postgrad Admissions office from the sponsoring agency must accompany the candidate's request:

1.  Official transcript of academic courses in medical school sent to us directly from your home school and, if applicable, Dean’s letter of reference.

2. Copy of the Medical Degree.

3.  Documents attesting to postdoctoral training periods (internship, residency, etc.).

4. Three (3) letters of reference sent directly to your sponsoring agency.

5.  A brief curriculum vitae.

6.  A personal statement, which clearly outlines why the applicant wishes to apply to the program.

7.  Proof of Citizenship: You must submit a copy of your passport (the page with personal information and expiry date) for immigration purposes.  The University must be notified of any change of legal status in Canada by the trainee.

8.  Proof of having successfully passed the Evaluation Exam of the Medical Council of Canada (MCCEE) and/or USMLE exams (steps 1 and 2).

9. Sponsorship Letter: Proof of funding granted by the agency concerned and with whom there is an exchange program in force.  Al other funding will be refused.

10. Affidavit to return home: Written commitment to return to the country of origin at the end of the approved training period. The candidate must attest to the fact that he/she has no intention to apply for permanent resident status for the duration of their training at McGill.  This is in order to meet the Provincial Medical Manpower Policies.  Trainees who no longer require a work permit are no longer eligible to continue training under this quota.

11.  Attestations and evaluations of all previous postgraduate training.


12.  Applicants for subspecialty training and fellowship training must provide a copy of their specialty certificate.




This page was last edited on 08 July, 2015