M.D.,C.M. program for International Medical Graduates (IMG)

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 Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery 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);
  • 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);
  • Is able to provide exam results from the Medical Council of Canada (viat the physiciansapply.ca web portal.) Note that for 2019 admission, the "MCCEE" exam is required; however this exam is being phased out; the admission process for 2020 is currently under revision and will be published in Fall 2018.
  • Is able to provide provide a Medical Student Performance Report or Evaluation ("Dean's Letter") from their medical school;
  • 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% MCCEE exam results, 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 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 please 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 admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca (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% MCEEE score, 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 20% the pre-clinical assessment.  Optionally, candidates can submit an MCAT score, which will count for half of the 20% pre-clinical assessment.


You may view the presentation that was held on August 31st and September 7th, 2018: File img_international_presentation.pptx

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.