Applicants must be a:
Applications for a Statement of Need will be accepted for the following situations:
NOTE: For those starting their residency in 2016 or later, additional training after meeting RCPSC Specialty Training Requirements will only be endorsed under Category C.
Yes. Postgraduate medical training in the US that is accredited by the ACGME is recognized by the RCPSC, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Collège des médecins du Quebec, and by Canadian provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities.
There are differences in overall duration between Canadian and US postgraduate medical education programs. Considering such differences between RCPSC-accredited programs and ACGME-accredited programs, applicants are encouraged to pursue additional training in ACGME-accredited programs so they will meet the overall Objectives of Training and STRs of the RCPSC. Applicants should remember that additional training in RCPSC-recognized subspecialties is subject to the current List of Needed Specialties and Subspecialties. One-year, ACGME-accredited programs may not be subject to the List of Needed Specialties and Subspecialties if the purpose of pursuing that training is to meet RCPSC STRs.
Applicants who obtain only a Preliminary Year or Transitional Year can receive a Statement of Need for the one year but they are expected to obtain a categorical position commencing the following year and apply for a new Statement of Need. Applicants who obtain both a Preliminary Year and a residency must apply for a Statement of Need for both at the same time.
Combined specialty programs such as internal medicine/pediatrics cannot be considered for a Statement of Need. Canadian medical authorities do not recognize those combined specialty programs. The duration of training does not meet Canadian practice standards. While individual program components may be housed in an ACGME-accredited program, the overall programs are not ACGME accredited.
Certain ACGME accredited programs which offer training in closely related disciplines can be considered for a Statement of Need. These include: "Anatomical and Clinical Pathology", "Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine" and "Hematology and Oncology". Applicants must indicate in their applications for a Statement of Need which field of medicine they intend to practice in Canada.
The List of Needed Specialties shows which fields of training are endorsed for the year and their respective limits. The content is determined annually by provincial and territorial ministries of health and reflects anticipated physician resource needs.
The 2016 List of Needed Specialties shows how many Statements of Need may be issued for each specialty and subspecialty.
There may be more applications for a particular field of training than is shown on the List. Therefore, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis from the time the application is received by email. To secure your place when limits are applicable, all documents shall be submitted. If your email contains more than 20 megabytes, please send a zip version.
Exceptions to the List of Needed Specialties and Subspecialties will not be granted.
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. Provincial Letter of Endorsement from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux - applicants must be residents of Quebec intending to return to Quebec to practice medicine after US training. (All other applicants are subject to the List of Needed Specialties).
Applicants intending to practice medicine in Québec must obtain a Letter of Endorsement directly from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux before applying for a Statement of Need from Health Canada.
Contact Information: See Provincial and Territorial Ministries of Health.
4. Confirmation of ACGME-Accreditation
Provide a copy of one of the following documents.
5. Letter of Offer/Training Contract/US 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 (Optional)
To obtain a subsequent Statement of Need, please submit the following documents.
Applicants should first review the current List of Needed Specialties to learn if their proposed training is endorsed for a Statement of Need. The content is determined annually by provincial and territorial ministries of health and reflects anticipated physician resource needs. For those who started their initial residency (i.e. specialty training) in 2016 or later under category B will only be endorsed for one-year ACGME-accredited fellowships, or one-year Chief Resident (with at least 60% clinical activity) in order to meet the RCPSC STRs. Sub-specialty training in obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics will continue to be endorsed, subject to the List of Needed Specialties. As noted on the List of Needed Specialties, sub-specialty training, or any professional development training after meeting the RCPSC STRs, will only be endorsed under category C.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.