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INTERNATIONALLY TRAINED PHYSICIANS

To work in Alberta, you must obtain licensure from the College of Surgeons of Alberta.

Step 1. Meet College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) licensure eligibility requirements


As stated on the CPSA website: Candidates wanting to apply for licensure to practice medicine in Alberta must meet five basic requirements prior to requesting a Review of Qualifications to determine eligibility to practice.

  1. Medical degree must be obtained from a school listed on the International Medical Education Directory
  2. Meet the English Language Proficiency testing standard
  3. Completion or Exemption of Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
  4. In independent practice or a formal postgraduate training program within three years preceding application.
  5. Meet the post-graduate training requirements as outlined by the College and Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

For physicians trained outside of Canada and the United States, you must complete the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination prior to requesting a Review of Qualifications from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).

For physicians trained in the United States, you may qualify for exemption from the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination.

A checklist for those thinking about practicing medicine in Alberta, Canada

Step 2. Apply to College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) for Review of Qualifications


If you meet the basic eligibility requirements, make application for Review of Qualifications through your physiciansapply.ca portal account. This information will be forwarded to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) for assessment to work in Alberta. After the CPSA reviews all of the information, they will forward a letter indicating your eligibility to practice and any further steps you may need to complete to work in Alberta.

Step 3. Apply for jobs with a positive CPSA Review of Qualifications Letter


When you receive a positive CPSA Review of Qualifications (Eligibility Letter), you can begin to apply for Jobs applicable to your specialty skill set as identified in your letter from the CPSA.