Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Canadian medical specialty and nearing completion of the residency or in a subspecialty residency training program.
Fellowship training programs which are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are endorsed for a Statement of Need.
Other fellowship programs in the United States that are not ACGME-accredited may also be endorsed by provincial and territorial ministries of health for a Statement of Need. The Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (EVSP/ECFMG), may sponsor these non ACGME-accredited fellowship programs because they are recognized by the relevant American Board of Medical Specialties for the purpose of J1 sponsorship. The duration of this non-standard fellowship training may vary in length and the duration must be defined at the onset of training by the host institutionĺs Graduate Medical Education Committee. The duration may be less than a year and up to three years. The EVSP maintains a list of these programs on its website.
1. Application Form
Complete and sign the PDF version of the application form.
2. Proof of Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Residency
Submit a notarized or certified copy of one of the following documents:
3. Dean's Letter of Support
Provide a letter of support from a Dean (or Assistant/Associate Dean) of Postgraduate Medical Education.
Procedure: Contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PME) and request a Letter of Support of the proposed training, signed by the Dean or Associate Dean of PME and addressed to the provincial or territorial ministry of health or equivalent. Send your request by email with "Your Name, Statement of Need and J-1 Visa Request" in the subject line to the PME (it is recommended that you copy your provincial ministry of health on this request) and include the following information.
Upon approval of your request, the PME will issue the Letter of Support and send an email to the provincial or territorial ministry of health with the Dean's Letter of Support as an attachment (and a copy of your request, as decided by PME) with a copy to Health Canada
4. Provincial/Territorial Letter of Endorsement
Provide a Letter of Endorsement from a Canadian provincial or territorial ministry of health or equivalent stating that there is a need for qualified practitioners in the proposed medical specialty training, and that the training is consistent with the province's or territory's physician resource planning.
Procedure: Contact the provincial or territorial ministry of health or equivalent to request its endorsement of the proposed training. Send your request by email with "Your Name, Statement of Need and J-1 Visa Request" in the subject line to the provincial or territorial ministry of health and include the following information:
Upon approval of your request, the provincial or territorial ministry of health will issue the Letter of Endorsement then send it by email as an attachment to Health Canada with a copy to you.
5. Letter of Offer/Training Contract/U.S. Match Webpage
Provide a copy of one of the following.
6. Consent to the Disclosure of Personal Information to Provincial and Territorial Governments for Recruitment Purposes. Complete and sign the PDF version of the Consent Form for Recruitment. (Optional)
If you already have a Statement of Need, and you wish to obtain a new Statement of Need for additional training, please submit the following documents.
If you have questions about determining your category or require additional information about applying for a Statement of Need, please contact the Program Administrator using the following email address: email@example.com.