International medical graduates

Category Code: MD-ROQ-IMG  Consult the IMG-2 PDF icon md-roq-img2_english.pdf  for this category  Consult the IMG-4 PDF icon md-roq-img4_english.pdf  for this category

Two pathways are available for graduates of International medical programs (IMGs) seeking to obtain qualifications in Quebec


  • The IMG 2-year admissions pathway is open to graduates of International (non-North American) medical programs who are residents of Québec. Successful candidates enter the McGill M.D.,C.M. program with advanced standing, and will obtain the M.D.,C.M. degree in two years. 
  • The number of positions available is contingent on the number of attritions from the regular stream of the MDCM program in previous years, which may include years where there are no positions available.  Applications to the IMG-2 category are assessed together as a separate group.   
  • Curriculum: Applicants admitted via this pathway are exempted from the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry component (FMD) of the M.D.,C.M. program and enter the program in the Transition to Clinical Practice (TCP) component, starting in April of Med-2 (second year). Successful students continue into the clerkships and graduate with an M.D.,C.M. degree from McGill.


  • The IMG 4-year admissions pathway is open to all IMGs, regardless of whether they are residents of Quebec, Canada, or International students.  Admitted candidates will complete all 4 years of the undergraduate medical education program, with no advanced standing.   Note that many applicants who are Quebec residents choose to apply to both IMG-2 and IMG-4 streams.  The number of seats potentially available to IMG-4 candidates is based on the general residency categories; approximately 90 Quebec, 11 Canadian, and 2 International.  Please note that admission is highly competitive; IMG-4 candidates are assessed with all university degree-holding applicants in their residency category, not just other IMGs. 
  • IMG-4 applicants who also hold a non-medical bachelor's degree must submit transcripts and documentation for this degree.  The full file will be reviewed and the selection process will be determined based on the most advantageous option for the candidate.  If the bachelor's degree will be used as the basis of admission, and it was completed outside Canada, an MCAT exam score is required, as per the MCAT policy.


IMG-2 Admission requirements and conditions

Eligible applicants must have the following:

  • Be a recognized resident of Québec (see Applicant Categories);
  • Have obtained the recognition of equivalence of a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) by December 1st of the year prior to entering the program. This document must be transmitted to the Admissions Office by December 1st.  It is important to begin this process early in order to meet the deadlines. Note that this process requires candidates to complete 2 exams with the Medical Council of Canada, the MCCQE part 1 (candidates need to have a passing score in the exam in order to move forward in the selection process), and one of either the MCCQE part 2 or the NAC. The Medical Council of Canada and the Collège des Médecins du Québec will also verify the validity of all documents, transcripts and diplomas through the system.
  • By the application deadline, holds a medical degree from outside Canada or the United States of America, in good standing from an accredited, World Health Organization/FAIMER-recognized institution (as listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools);
  • CASPer (Canadian Professional Health Sciences) test taken before November 1st, you need to share the results with McGill.
  • CV & list of verifiers
  • Official Transcripts for your bachelor's degree (including an official translation, if the transcript is not in English or French).
  • Is able to provide MCCQE Part 1 exam results from the Medical Council of Canada (via the web portal).
  • Is able to provide a Medical Student Performance Report or Evaluation ("Dean's Letter")  (including an official translation if the document is not in English or French);
  • Is able to provide proof of either English or French proficiency* as per: Language Proficiency Policies
  • Meets all other essential requirements listed (see General Requirements);

File review is based upon the evaluation of eligibility as defined above, followed by an evaluation of the applicant’s file (63% MCCQE Part 1 exam results (candidates need to have a passing score in the exam in order to move forward in the selection process), 7% transcripts and Medical School Performance Report, 10% CV and 20% CASPer test score). Competitive candidates are invited to a mandatory multiple mini-interview session.  The interview counts for 100% of the final offer of admission.

Admission cycle: Select the "Summer" term in the online application system; the program starts in mid-April following the Sept. 1-Nov. 1 application period.

IMG 4 Admission requirements and conditions

As seats in the IMG-2 year program are very limited, we are pleased to offer applicants who hold a medical degree awarded by a recognized university the opportunity to apply to the first year of the MDCM program.  

This category is also open to applicants who are not residents of Quebec (i.e., Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and International students.) 

Admission cycle: Select the "Fall" term. The program starts in August following the Sept. 1-Nov. 1 application period. 

IMG-4 Applicants are required to identify themselves by [at] (subject: New%20IMG-4%20application, body: Dear%20Medicine%20admissions%20office%2C%0A%0AI%20have%20submitted%20an%20application%20as%20an%20IMG-4%20applicant.%20Kindly%20update%20my%20Minerva%20document%20checklist%20accordingly.%0A%0AMy%20McGill%20ID%20is%3A%0AMy%20full%20name%20is%3A%0A%0ASincerely%2C) (emailing the Admissions Office immediately after submitting their application) to ensure their file is updated with the correct document submission checklist.

The selection process is analogous to that for candidates applying to the MDCM program with a Bachelor's degree. Academic assessment will be as follows: 63% MCCQE Part 1 score (candidates need to have a passing score in the exam in order to move forward in the selection process), 7% pre-clinical and clinical assessment from transcripts and other supporting documents. The CV will be worth 10%, and the CASPer score worth 20%. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview. For the offer of admission, the interview score will be worth 80%, and the pre-clinical assessment worth 20%. Optionally, candidates can submit an MCAT score, which will count for half of the 20% pre-clinical assessment.

Postgraduate Medical Education

Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are international medical graduates and residents of Quebec, who have completed equivalence requirements, and have received a letter of attestation to this effect from the Collège des médecins du Québec should contact the Postgraduate Medical Education office to inquire about application directly to a residency program (specialization). 

To learn more about the process of having your medical degree equivalency assessed by the Collège des médecins du Québec, see their website: Recognition of equivalency.  This process requires additional exams offered by the Medical Council of Canada, and can be lengthy. 


A schedule of fees for the MDCM program (including tuition, compulsory fees and other charges) is available on the Student Accounts Office web site. The fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice. Supplemental information is available from the Undergraduate Medical Education web site.

Important dates for IMG-2

The following dates are for the spring 2021 entry and are subject to change without notice. There is no winter or summer intake. 

  • Application opening date: September 1, 2020
  • Application deadline (step 1): November 1, 2020
  • Deadline for the receipt of all supporting documents (step 2): November 1, 2020;  ( exception: December 1, 2020 recognition of equivalency)
  • Target date for sending preliminary selections: January 22, 2021
  • Interview dates: February 16-19, 2021
  • Start of program: approx. second week of April 2021 (exact date TBD)

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Key numbers and statistics IMG-2

According to the regulations of the Government of Quebec, IMG students are only accepted to the 2-year program if a seat is available due to attrition in the regular MDCM program. 

The following is presented as reference only. It does not offer any predictive validity:

  • Anticipated number of seats available for spring 2021: 1
  • Average number of applicants: 30
  • Average number of interviewed candidates: 9
  • Average number of points above passing grade of MCCQE Part 1 score of candidates invited to interview: 50

Special notes

  • The interview dates presented are shared with other Québec residents, Canadian (non-QC) residents and international applicants.
  • It is recommended that applicants submit MCCQE Part 1 scores by the November 1 application deadline, however test scores for the September sitting of the examination will be accepted until the middle of November.
  • Some candidates may have acquired an Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec report from Immigration et communautés culturelles du Québec.  Candidates who have this evaluation are welcome to submit the documentation, but it is not necessary.
  • Applications submitted in this category are only considered for the given year and cannot be extended for additional years.
  • IMG applicants are not eligible to apply to the joint MDCM-PhD program, and will not be assigned to the Outaouais campus (2021).
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