A University degree does not give the right to practice the profession of Medicine. It is also necessary to conform with the laws pertaining to the practice of Medicine in that province, state or country in which the individual proposes to practice.
In Canada, the regulation of health disciplines is a provincial responsibility and each province has its own provincial college of physicians and surgeons. The provincial colleges maintain registers of individuals that have met the requirements for the practice of medicine. Currently, all provinces except Quebec require the candidate to have passed Part I and Part II examination of the Medical Council of Canada to be eligible for a license to practice.
Further, all provincial colleges require that individuals wishing to be registered for the independent practice of Medicine successfully complete a minimum period of two years of postgraduate training and be a certificate of the College of Family Physicians or complete specialty training and be a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Information regarding the examinations may be obtained from:
Registrar, The Medical Council of Canada
P.O. Box 8234, Station "T"
100-2238 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H7
MCC online: http://www.mcc.ca
Due to human resources planning policies, each of the provincial governments may place restrictions on individuals who have not trained in that province or who have not met the criteria for independent practice in that province. There also may be restrictions on practice location for recent graduates. Individuals should check with the current provincial policies prior to making commitments for practice.
The Aesculapian Society
The Aesculapian Society was organized by the medical students of Queen's University in 1872. All students registered in the School of Medicine become active members of the Society, which includes as honorary members all graduates in Medicine and members of the School of Medicine at Queen's University. It is hoped that every medical student will take an active part in the Society, which is dedicated to the promotion of the general interests of the Medical Faculty and to the control of matters affecting medical students in their relationships one to another, to other student organizations at Queen's University and elsewhere, and to the Faculty of Medicine, Senate, and other governing bodies of Queen's University. Control of the Society is vested in an Executive which is elected annually by closed ballot of all active members. To the Executive Committee are responsible the Year Executives, Formal Committee, Variety Night Committee, the Aesculapian Society, H.G.Kelly Lectureship Committee, Building Fund Committee, Athletic Committee, Orientation Committee, the Aesculapian Trust Fund, and other elected or appointed committees of medical students.
Canadian Residency Matching Services
The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) corporation works in close cooperation with medical schools and students to provide two services: an electronic application service and a computer match for entry into postgraduate medical training. This provides an orderly way for applicants to decide where to train and for program directors to decide which applicants they wish to enroll in postgraduate medical training. The Match is carried out using a computer program that, in only a few minutes, a series of decisions that would otherwise require hours of time for both applicants and program directors to determine is accomplished by a specific date, without pressure being placed on applicants to make decisions before exploring all options.
A directory of PGY-1 programs offered at the Canadian medical schools provides detailed descriptions of the programs and is available on the CaRMS web site: www.carms.ca/