As medical education varies widely internationally, prior to applying to residency in Canada, all IMGs must complete a series of standardized assessments to ensure they meet the minimum Canadian medical education standards and have the required skills to start residency training. IMGs seeking to be matched to a residency position in British Columbia are required to be accepted into UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program (CAP). The CAP provides a transparent and equitable process designed to support UBC residency programs not only assess candidates’ past clinical experience, but evaluate their potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C.
In Canada, individuals interested in postgraduate training are then matched to universities through an electronic service called CaRMS (the Canadian Resident Matching Service). In order to apply to a residency position IMG’s must meet the CaRMS requirements and the British Columbia Provincial requirements. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the criteria that is evaluated during selection as listed on our CaRMS program descriptions.
Candidates that are selected into a residency position, cannot commence their training without a license issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Residents accepted into the program must meet the CPSBC requirements at the time that they apply for licensure (after match day).