Becoming a doctor in Canada can lead to a lifelong career that is both personally fulfilling and financially lucrative. Though the process can be both lengthy and challenging, the end results can reap many rewards for your efforts. Understanding and knowing the process can make it easier to move methodically toward your goal.
Obtain the Proper Foundational Schooling
For starters, you'll want to make sure that your bachelor's degree program is heavily focused on the sciences, if possible. Having this type of background knowledge and a solid foundation of concepts in areas such as chemistry and biology is likely to make understanding medical theories easier for you. In order to be as expedient as possible, make sure you know which prerequisite classes your desired medical school requires so you can take them when you're pursuing your bachelor's degree.
Attend a Reputable Medical School
Canadian medical schools -- of which there are 17 throughout the country -- require that you not only have the necessary prerequisite courses but that you also sit for and pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Though the process to apply to medical school in Canada starts with an online application that has become standardized, there are other, specific requirements for admission that you'll want to obtain and understand. For example, many of these schools make it a requirement that you are a resident of the province in order to attend.
Because only 25 percent of applicants to Canadian medical schools are granted acceptance, many people turn to offshore options instead. It's important to note that not all such schools are of the same caliber, so you'll want to make your selection very carefully.
When determining which offshore medical school is the best one to assist you in meeting your goals, you'll want to ensure that the medical school is recognized as an entity that can issue medical degrees. The only way to determine if a medical school is recognized internationally is to search the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS). The medical school must be identified as holding a Canada Sponsor Note in order for you to practice medicine in the country.
You should also review the accreditation of any medical schools you're considering. Trinity is proudly accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). We also hold the following Canadian approvals:
- Recognized by Canadian Revenue Service as an approved university.
- Approved by the Provincial, Territorial, and Federal Governments of Canada for the administration of grants and student loans.
- Listed as a Designated Educational Institution by the government of Canada (code ZUCF).
Not all international medical schools hold themselves to the same standards, so make sure that any medical school you apply to has the credentials necessary to help you practice medicine in Canada after graduation.
Take the Proper Testing
The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1 is a requirement in order for you to be able to practice medicine in Canada. A difficult and grueling test, it is recommended that you make liberal use of the practice tests. In doing so, you'll be able to familiarize yourself with both the types of questions that you'll likely see on the test and the delivery platform that is used.
Fulfilling your dream of becoming a doctor in Canada is a lengthy process that spans 10 years or more. It will take a great deal of hard work and dedication in order to do so and you'll take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) along the way if you obtained your medical degree outside the country.
Trinity Medical School provides a rigorous curriculum and access to valuable clinical training that spans a significant portion of your time in the program. For more information on how Trinity can help you fulfill your dreams of being a doctor in Canada, learn more about our Canadian medical students or contact us directly today!