Sept. 6, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
Sept. 6, 2016

British Columbia the latest province to join pan-Canadian application portal for medical registration

Ottawa – The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) announced today that British Columbia is now accepting applications for medical registration through the new national portal, physiciansapply.ca. British Columbia is the sixth 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 are 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, and send applications to specific Canadian jurisdictions.

“We are pleased to join Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland in accepting applications through this portal,” said Dr. Heidi Oetter, registrar and CEO of the CPSBC. “As well as making it easier for candidates to access services from across the medical community, the portal will facilitate our ability to review applications in an expedited manner.”

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

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

“We are delighted to have the CPSBC using the application for medical registration process,” said Dr. Ian Bowmer, Executive Director of the MCC. “This process leverages the functionality in the candidate’s physiciansapply.ca account, and helps to streamline the application to one or more medical regulatory authorities.”

Additional medical regulatory authorities from across Canada are set to adopt the new application process in the coming months.

Once the process is fully deployed across Canada, candidates will be able to use the system to apply to one or more jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction will continue to assess and process applications based on its own legislation and policies.

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For more information:

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

Susan Prins, MEd
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
sprins@cpsbc.ca
604-694-6129