The competition to enter a faculty of medicine in Canada is very keen so it is important that applicants ensure that they fully meet the entry requirements of each faculty of medicine to which they apply. The applicant’s high school certificate and eventually the type of pre-medical undergraduate degree and institution of study should not deter to apply to any medical school, provided that all academic prerequisites of a given university are met. Not only should applicants plan to meet all academic prerequisites, it is also important to respect all deadline dates. In general, an application or documentation is ignored when received after deadline dates. The incomplete application files are evaluated and rejected.


Medical course in Canada is 3 to 5 year program, depending on Universities and the background of each student.  For 5 year medical study program in Canada, the first year is preparatory year and designed for those students without bachelor degree in appropriate science.  To inter into 4 year medical program, the student must have bachelor degree in Biology or other appropriate field.


Even if Canada has 17 Medical universities offering medical programs (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, etc.) in English and French, Study medicine in Canada in remain one of the most competitive in the world. Only 15 % of Canadian pre-Med students gain admission into medical school in Canada. To achieve goals of become a doctor, most of Canadian students chose medicine abroad in Caribbean, in East Europe and elsewhere.

Most medical faculties required Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).


Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)


The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking and writing skills in addition to the examinee’s knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.


The test consists of four test sections: the Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences sections contain multiple-choice questions and the scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 15 for each section; the Writing Sample section consists of two essays and the total score ranges from a low of J to a high of T.

The computer-based test is given at established test centers in Canada, the United States and overseas. Visit the web-site for dates and locations. The overall length of the test day is approximately four and one-half hours. The regular examination fee was $270 in US funds for the 2013 test dates.






International prospective medical students planning to get into Medical University in Canada must keep in mind that not all faculties of medicine accept applications from foreign students. Conversely, some faculties of medicine have contracts with foreign governments or institutions to accept applications for “supernumerary” positions. The conditions of admission may require that the faculty of medicine will be compensated for the entire cost of medical education, the student will not apply for post-MD (residency) training in Canada and these graduates will return to their countries of origin to practice medicine.


Canadian medical student abroad


If for any reason an applicant decides to seek admission to a medical faculty outside Canada, some important factors must be borne in mind. The most important of these is that returning to practice medicine in Canada may prove difficult. This is not meant to deter individuals from seeking education in abroad. Some Canadian citizens have always gone abroad to study in recognized, reputable universities. Limitations on recognition of foreign earned MDs apply to qualifications earned abroad by citizens as well as by non-citizens of Canada.


Strong motivation, determination and adequate academic preparation are in themselves no guarantee that a Canadian citizen who attends a foreign medical faculty will be able to train or practice medicine in Canada in the future. 


To Practice in Canada as physician, graduate medical students must be assessed by Medical Council of Canada (MCC), which grant a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to graduate physicians who have satisfied the eligibility requirements and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Parts I and II. The MCC registers candidates who have been granted the LMCC in the Canadian Medical Register. 


To be admitted to Medical Council of Canada (MCC) evaluation, as an international medical student (IMS) or as an international medical graduate (IMG) must be a student or have graduate from university listed in MCC database.
Please, check before applying to medical school abroad:



Medical Universities in Canada


Memorial University: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year medical program in English;


McMaster University: Faculty of Health Sciences,3 year medical program in english; 


Dalhousie University: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english;


Western University: Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, 4 year program in english;


Université Laval: Faculté de médecine, 4-5 year program (M.D program) in french;


Northern Ontario School of Medicine, 4 year program in french;


Université de Sherbrooke: Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, 4 year program in French;


University of Manitoba: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english;


Université de Montréal: Faculté de médecine, 4 year/5 year(preparatory year) program in french;  


University of Saskatchewan: College of Medicine, 4 year program in english;


McGill University: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english;


University of Alberta: Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, 4 year program in english;


University of Ottawa: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english and in French;


University of Calgary: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english;


Queen's University: Faculty of Health Sciences, 4 year program in english;  


University of British Columbia: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english;


University of Toronto: Faculty of Medicine, 4 year program in english






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