Feb. 24, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Feb. 24, 2014

New national portal streamlines path to Canadian medical registration

Alberta first to adopt, other jurisdictions will follow within 18 months

Ottawa – The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) announced today that Alberta is now accepting applications for medical registration through a new national portal, physiciansapply.ca. Alberta is the first medical regulatory jurisdiction in Canada to integrate physiciansapply.ca into its application process.

physiciansapply.ca is a new, centralized system for exam registration that also receives, reviews, verifies and stores the credentials and documents of candidates from across Canada and around the world. Candidates will be able to securely and easily apply for MCC exams, view exam results, submit credentials and documents for verification, access a translation service for medical credentials issued in a language other than English or French, and send applications to specific Canadian jurisdictions.  

“We’re very pleased to be launching the new application process in physiciansapply.ca,” said Dr. Ian Bowmer, Executive Director of the MCC. “The new portal makes it easier to access not only medical registration but also medical assessment and credentialing services and provides a clear pathway to candidates.”

The project was funded by the MCC, the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and its members, and Employment and Social Development Canada, with the CPSA a key partner.

The application for medical registration is now open to all new candidates for independent registration in Alberta. Those candidates include Canadian medical residents, practising physicians relocating from other Canadian jurisdictions to Alberta, and physicians from outside of the country.

“As well as being a better system for candidates, the new portal provides a streamlined process for medical regulatory authorities to receive and review applications,” said Dr. Trevor Theman, Registrar of the CPSA. “How we assess applications hasn’t changed. We will continue to follow the same diligent process and issue practice permits only to candidates who meet our specific requirements.”

More medical regulatory authorities across Canada will adopt the new application process throughout 2014 and 2015, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in March 2014.

“The rigour of application review will not change, but the application process will be streamlined.  It will simply be easier for applicants, requiring less time and duplication.  It is a great step towards consistent registration standards across the country,” said Dr. D.A. (Gus) Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Once the process is fully deployed, candidates will be able to use the system to apply to one or more jurisdictions at the same time. Like Alberta and Nova Scotia, each jurisdiction will continue to assess applications based on its own criteria.

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For more information:

Jessica Hertzog-Grenier
Director of Communications
Medical Council of Canada
613-521-6012, ext. 2277
jhertzog@mcc.ca

Barb Krahn
Communications Advisor
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
780-969-5020
barb.krahn@cpsa.ab.ca