Applicants from International Universities

To qualify for an elective at McGill University, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a medical doctor.
  • You must be registered in a residency or fellowship program.
  • If you are a resident, you must have a proof of Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination, Part I (MCCQE - Part I) or USMLE / Step 2 CK - it is required by the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ).
  • If you did your MD in Quebec, you did not exceed more than 3 months of electives at any Quebec University as a resident/fellow.
  • You must have made prior arrangements with the medical department where you'd like to do an elective.
  • Foreign national’s eligibility:
    - Passport valid throughout the elective.
    - Valid visa if required.

Trainees can complete a minimum of one period (=28 days) and a maximum of four periods of elective rotations at McGill University.

IMPORTANT: The elective application and required documents must be received by the McGill PGME Office three months prior to the onset of the elective rotation. Unfortunately, we will not consider applications that are late or that are missing documents.

Foreign nationals: Paragraph 186(p) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations authorizes foreign nationals to work in Canada without a work permit if 'as a student in a health field, including as a medical elective or clinical clerk at a medical teaching institution in Canada, for the primary purpose of acquiring training, if they have written approval from the body that regulates that field.'  The work permit exemption training period is generally for one term (that is, about four months).

Application Process:

  • Please contact the McGill department where you'd like to do your elective, to ensure the team can accommodate your elective request. Follow the link to access the Residency Program Contact List. For rural sites, please read here.
  • Submit your application using the Request and Payment Form and pay the application fee. Please note the application fee is non-refundable.

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  • If you are a foreign national:
    - Please verify if you require a visa to enter Canada. If yes, please apply online. You'll need McGill’s letter inviting you to do an elective
    - If you do not require a visa, please complete an eTA online.
    - Whether a visa is required or not, you MUST pass a medical exam. Please book an appointment by clicking on this link.

Required Documents:

  • Copy of your medical degree (with English translation, if applicable).
  • Proof of Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) malpractice insurance coverage – you can apply for CMPA insurance here. If you don't have a Canadian bank account, call the CMPA, describe your situation (elective at McGill) and ask for an alternative way to pay.
  • Copy of your CV.
  • Copy of your valid passport.
  • Have your program director write a letter of support and funding, indicating your salary will be maintained during your elective period. This letter must include the precise start and end dates of your elective as well as the elective program's name. The letter must be sent by e-mail directly from your university on official letterhead to [at] .
  • The Immunization Record Form needs to be completed by all trainees in order to work at McGill hospitals. Please ensure that you submit your fully completed form to your base hospital representative.

Eligibility for Licensure:

  • You must obtain a Letter of Eligibility from the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ). The PGME office will submit an application for the Letter of Eligibility, but the trainee must open an account with physiciansapply, submit the required documents for verification, and pay the additional application fees.
  • You must obtain a training card from the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ). The CMQ will send you instructions upon receipt of the required documents from McGill.

Immigration Documents required at the port of entry:

  • If a visa was required, you must bring with you the approbation letter from CIC confirming that the visa is approved.
  • The medical exam’s results will be entered in the immigration internal system within a week. Therefore, you do not need to bring with you any document related to the medical exam results.
  • McGill support letter or confirmation email.
  • Support letter from home program.
  • Passport valid throughout the elective.
  • Letter of Eligibility from the Collège des Médecins du Québec (CMQ).


Immigration FAQs

  1. How long will it take to get my visa approved? Processing time link for your visa application.
  2. Do I need a visa? Countries which require a visa are listed here.
  3. Do I need to pass a medical exam even if a visa is not required? Yes, since you will have direct contact with patients you must pass a medical exam before entering Canada.

If you have any questions, please contact Ewa Sieminska at [at] .

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