Medical Council of Canada

Medical Credentials

Acceptable medical credentials

Only the following international (such as, non-Canadian) medical credentials are accepted by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for source verification:

  • Medical degree or diploma
  • Medical degree transcript
  • Internship
  • Postgraduate training
  • Specialty certificate
  • Medical licence or registration

DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS TO THE MCC. Your documents will not be returned to you, so it is important that you send copies only.

Medical degree or diploma

The final medical degree or diploma is an official document issued by your medical school or university confirming that you have graduated in medicine. The document you send to the MCC should be a copy of the one used for framing and wall-hanging purposes (such as, the diploma given to you at convocation).

The MCC accepts only degrees that are recognized by Canada. If you are submitting your medical degree or diploma for source verification, first confirm that your medical school is identified by a Canada Sponsor Note in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • If your diploma does not include the name of your medical school, you will also need to submit a copy of an official document that clearly identifies the name of your school (e.g., graduation certificate, internship certificate, provisional certificate, final medical school transcript). Please do not create a new Source Verification Request (SVR) for this additional document; you can send it with the copy of your diploma.
  • If you received your degree from a Saudi Arabian medical school, instead of submitting your final medical degree or diploma, you can send a copy of your graduation certificate and a copy of your internship certificate. These two documents must be submitted together.

Medical degree transcript

The final medical degree transcript is an official complete record of the medical education issued by your medical school or university. It includes the grades and/or credits you received for all courses taken to receive your medical degree. It should also confirm that your degree has been awarded and be signed by a medical school official.

Internship

The internship document is an official document confirming that you have successfully completed a period of clinical medical training (e.g., mandatory rotating internship). This document must:

  • Include the start and end dates of the completed training.
  • State the disciplines/rotations as well as the length of time you spent in each
  • Be issued on official letterhead of the medical school, university, hospital or institution responsible for the training
    • Note: The full address and contact information of the institution must appear on the document or be provided on a separate document.
  • Be signed and dated by the person responsible for the training program (e.g., dean, program director)

The following documents do not qualify as internships and will not be accepted by the MCC:

  • Letters of employment or work experience
  • Letters of recommendations
  • Certificates or letters of ongoing training
  • Language training documents
  • Statements of examination results
  • Curriculum vitae

Postgraduate training

The postgraduate medical training document is an official document confirming that you have successfully completed a period of postgraduate clinical medical training. This type of training is usually done after you have received your medical degree or diploma. This document must:

  • Include the start and end dates of the completed training
  • State the program disciplines
  • Be issued on official letterhead of the medical school, university, hospital or institution responsible for the training
    • Note: The full address and contact information of the institution must appear on the document or be provided on a separate document.
  • Be signed and dated by the person responsible for the training program (e.g., dean, program director)

The following documents do not qualify as postgraduate training documents and will not be accepted by the MCC:

  • Letters of employment or work experience
  • Letters of recommendations
  • Certificates or letters of ongoing training
  • Language training documents
  • Statements of examination results
  • Curriculum vitae

Specialty certificate

The medical specialty certificate is an official document confirming that you have obtained certification as a specialist in a particular branch of medicine. This is earned by completing the certifying examination process for that specialty.

Medical licence or registration

A medical licence or registration is an official document issued by a medical regulatory authority confirming your registration or licensure to practise medicine. This document must include a licence or registration number.