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mbbs in canada


Direct Admission :

Unlike USA or UK, Canada does not provide any option for undergraduate or MBBS programs directly after schooling. They offer MD courses and for a direct admission to a Canada top medical school, one needs to fulfill the following criteria-

  • With a Science background in 10+2 and good academic performance, one can apply for a 4-years MD program, whereas one from different background can apply for 1 year preparatory course and a 4-Years program that lead to 5 years altogether
  • One will need to clear IELTS with minimum 7 points or TOEFL with 6.5, MCAT, NEET to apply for an admission
  • The highest scorers in MCAT will get an opportunity in the top medical schools in USA


The first half of the medical curriculum is dedicated mostly to teaching the fundamentals of, or basic subjects relevant to, medicine, such as anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, ethics, and epidemiology. This instruction can be organized by discipline or by organ system. Teaching methods can include traditional lectures, problem-based learning, laboratory sessions, simulated patient sessions, and limited clinical experiences.

The remainder of medical school is spent in clerkship. Clinical clerks participate in the day-to-day management of patients. They are supervised and taught during this clinical experience by residents and fully licensed staff physicians. Typical rotations include internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. Elective rotations are often available so students can explore specialties of interest for residency training.

Post Graduation:

Students enter into the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) in the fall of their final year, where they rank their preferences of hospitals and specialties. The programs to which they applied rank each student. Both sets of rank lists are confidential. Each group's preferences are entered into a computerized matching system to determine placement for residency positions.

The length of post-graduate training varies with choice of specialty. Family medicine is a 2-year program accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and third year programs of residency training are available in various areas of practice, including Emergency Medicine, Maternal/Child, Care of the Elderly, Palliative Care or Sports Medicine. All other medical specialty residencies are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; most are 5 years long. Internal medicine and pediatrics are 4-year programs in which the final year can be used to complete a fellowship in general internal medicine or general pediatrics, or used towards a longer fellowship (e.g., cardiology). A few surgical residencies, including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and some general surgery programs, last 6 years. Sub-specialty fellowships are available after most residencies.

For many residencies, the first postgraduate year (PGY1) in Canada is very similar to a rotating internship, with 1-2 month-long rotations in diverse fields. In Canada a graduate is also committed to a sub-specialty earlier than any other country like the USA.

Some sub-specialties are organized differently. For example, in Canada unlike the USA, cardiac surgery is a direct-entry residency (equivalent training can be obtained by pursuing a cardiac fellowship following residency in general surgery, but this route is far less popular). A fellowship in thoracic surgery can be pursued following residency in either cardiac or general surgery.

MCCEE : To work as a physician in Canada

The MCCEE is the organization that assesses all Canadian medical school graduates and international medical graduates seeking to practise in Canada. It is a screening examination that assesses the basic medical knowledge and problem solving of a candidate at a level comparable to a minimally competent medical student completing his or her medical education in Canada and about to enter supervised practice. It provides the candidate with an estimate of the probability of his or her chances of succeeding in the Canadian system. It is not designed to test uniquely Canadian content. Access is international, with the MCCEE delivered through a service provider at 500 sites in over 80 countries. Up until 2018, the MCCEE was a prerequisite for international medical graduates (IMGs) to challenge the MCCQE Part I, and it was the minimal requirement for an IMG’s entry into postgraduate medical education in Canada.

The MCCEE is a four-hour computer-based exam that assesses your basic medical knowledge and readiness to enter your first year of supervised postgraduate training in Canada. It includes 180 multiple-choice questions covering:

  • Child health
  • Maternal health
  • Adult health
  • Mental health
  • Population health and ethics

The association that represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and serves as the voice of academic medicine in Canada.

Future Prospects :

  • Provinces like Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward, etc. will be good to work in Canada. There are certain rural areas too with increasing demand for family doctors and physicians.
  • Once an Indian doctor manages to overcome all the hurdles and start practicing as a doctor, he or she can earn up to 1,50,000C$ (Canadian dollar) after completion of residency. However, this is completely dependent upon the hours of work, reputation, skills and area of work of the concerned doctor. At present, the demand of family medicine is in high demand in Canada, owing to acute crisis of doctors in this genre.


  • The only challenge one might face after Residency in Canada is high competition with it native residents. The high quality education system, increasing awareness and rising number of
  • • schools and colleges are producing more number of Resident Doctors and Professionals every year. However, that does not compromise on the quality of education or the value addition that the country has to offer.
  • Canada is seen as the #4 destination in the world for the quality of education we offer international students
  • Canada also ranks #4 among international students for the best graduate student outcomes
  • Graduate studies in Canada are affordable at an average cost of CAD 16,252 for a degree
  • Canada produces 3% of global scientific research yet has only 0.5% of the global population
  • A total of 26 Canadian universities feature in the QS World University Rankings 2018, an achievement matched only by a handful of other countries
  • Global Affairs Canada is responsible for the Government of Canada's participation in major international scholarship programs. It is their goal to foster understanding among people, develop global citizens, nurture leaders and contribute to the development of nations.