Canada Medical Careers

July 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:

FEATURED PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

We only work with a select number of private clinics who have the highest professional standards. We do not simply take every opening and publish it on a job board where you take your chances!

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Newfoundland

Sunny mountain top view of Saint John's, Newfoundland

Located in the City of St. John’s in the Province of Newfoundland

Our client has a very busy clinic in the heart of St. John’s serving patients of all ages. There are eight exam rooms and a procedure room. St. John’s is a lovely city with great people. You can purchase a near-new four-bedroom, three-bath home on a nice piece of land for approximately £200,000. Your earnings will be up to £300,000 per year. The opportunities are fantastic! ASK TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE CLINIC.

Ontario

Brampton Ontario night lights

Located in the City of Brampton in the Province of Ontario

Our client owns three clinics and has an opening in one of them. This clinic has a high number of walk-in patients. Earning potential is excellent with gross billings in excess of $350,000. Speaking Urdu, Punjabi or Hindi is an advantage. Brampton, a city within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse city with a population of 600,000 residents representing 170 cultures and 70 languages. Called “Canada’s Flower City” it is the second fastest growing city in Canada with 8,000 businesses. Brampton has been designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization, one of only ten in North America.

Saskatchewan

Regina city park

Located in the City of Regina in the Province of Saskatchewan

Located in Regina, the clinic we represent is one of the oldest and best established. Open 7 days a week it offers both urgent care services and treats scheduled patients. The clinic is large with multiple exam and procedure rooms. Gross billings are in excess of $400,000 CDN annually. Regina, known as the Queen City, is the capital of Saskatchewan with a population of 228,000 residents. Regina is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities and is home to the training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At its centre is Wascana Park, a 9.3 square kilometre park with amazing recreational facilities.

Manitoba

Arial view of Winnipeg at night

Located in the City of Winnipeg in the Province of Manitoba

A group of eight clinics has opened a new clinic in Winnipeg and is recruiting three general practitioners to provide treatment for the young families in the area. Gross earnings of £350,000+ and a very low cost of living. Clinic hours 7:30 am to 6 pm. You work 36-40 hours week. New four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes can be purchased for $399,000 CAD. Many doctors also own a lakeside cottage. Management is very supportive of their physicians. ASK TO SEE OUR VIDEO OF THE CLINIC.

British Columbia

Marina in Nanaimo, BC.

Located in the City of Nanaimo in the Province of British Columbia

This very busy clinic has a large number of walk-in patients to the urgent care division. You will also have scheduled appointment patients. Our client is seeking a general practitioner who has solid experience working with patients of all ages and demographics. The successful candidate will have options to increase earnings, including visiting nursing homes, where physicians receive 95% of billings compared to the standard 70%. Nanaimo is located in a scenic harbour filled with sail and power boats of all kinds. Kayaking and canoeing are popular too. A couple of kilometres away are amazing parks with plenty of recreational opportunities. Nanaimo is a wonderful community for families.

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COVID IN CANADA

Canadians are very pleased to be almost back to normal. While there are ten provinces with their own slightly different regulations, most have made masks optional, larger gathering are allowed, restaurants and bars are back to regular hours and seating, and numbers are very low. In British Columbia, the first three days of July saw 87 cases including one day with only 20 new cases in a population of almost 6 million people.

MCCQE2 UPDATE

Unfortunately, we cannot add any clarity to a confusing situation. As reported on May 31, it appeared the MCCQE2 was abandoned as an exam by the Medical Council of Canada. On June 16, the MCC issued another press release which outlined the requirements for the awarding of Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Many physicians in Canada are relieved that they will qualify.

However, it is important to note that the MCC continues to look at methods of assessment that may be introduced in the future. “We will continue to work with the Assessment Innovation Task Force (AITF), the medical community and partner organizations, to reflect on how clinical skills and emerging competencies required of physicians will be assessed in the future. Criteria for the award of the LMCC may be reviewed at a future date as standardised assessment requirements for physicians evolve.”

The complete announcement can be viewed at:
https://mcc.ca/news/mcc-ceases-delivery-of-the-mccqe-part-ii/

To Write the MCCQE1 before coming to Canada or not?

There is some confusion about the need to write the MCCQE1 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam) before coming to Canada or after you start practicing medicine in Canada.

Of the major provinces where we have clients only Manitoba and Ontario permit a international physician to practice medicine on a provisional licence before successfully passing the MCCQE1. All the others including British Columbia require a pass before being awarded a provisional licence.

Some physicians believe it is a good idea to write and pass the MCCQE1 before relocating to Canada regardless of the requirements. It is easier to study from a familiar space. It is easier to allocate study time before moving since there won’t be all the distractions associated with living in a new country.

Ultimately, it is a decision that each person must make on their own.

CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY

Here at Canada Medical Careers, we are often asked about the topography, temperature, distances and proximity to the USA. It is impossible to give a full answer, but a few facts might help one understand:

  • Canada is approximately 40 times the size of the United Kingdom. Even the single province of British Columbia is four times the size of the UK.
  • There are ten provinces and three northern territories in Canada. Very few Canadians could name the three territories or will ever travel there. The largest provinces are British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. However, Newfoundland is half the size of the other provinces and is lightly populated with only 400,000 residents compared to Ontario with almost 15 million people. The Maritime provinces include Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and have a total population of 1.9 million residents. With a name like the Maritimes, many residents live on the coast.
  • Canada borders the USA and has the world’s largest border between two countries. Most of Canada’s population lives in a location near the US border simply because it is the warmest area especially in the winter.
  • Temperatures can vary greatly across Canada. The northern territories, and the “middle” provinces, which Canadians call the prairie provinces, are the coldest for at least a few months in the winter. In the Spring, Summer and Autumn the prairie provinces enjoy warmth.
  • Alberta and British Columbia have the tallest mountains while the prairie provinces and Ontario have almost no mountains, at least not where the citizens can access them.
  • Like most large cities around the world, the cost of living is the highest in the biggest, most popular cities like Toronto and Vancouver and lowest in the prairies or maritime provinces.

MRCGP and Family Practice Exams in Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is the recognized licensing authority for family physicians in Canada. Those physicians coming from the UK, Ireland, Australia, or the USA will usually not have to write the examination required to practice as a General Practitioner in Canada. Verification of your MRCGP, MICGP, FRACGP, FACRRM, or DABFM will be required. For more information on this certification visit CFPC.ca and check out the Education and Professional Development section. Members in good standing will use the CCFP certification.

PhysiciansApply.ca

If you are serious about practicing medicine in Canada the first thing you should do is open an account with PhysiciansApply.ca. It is an online portal operated under the auspices of the Medical Council of Canada (similar to the GMC in the UK). Every doctor coming to Canada must have an account. This is where your credentials must be verified. These credentials include your passport, medical degrees and more. Every province and territory of Canada has a regulatory authority to handle physician licensing and these authorities (Colleges) will need to access your PhysiciansApply.ca account before you can be licensed in Canada.

Don’t wait! Some documents can be verified quickly, and others may take some time, especially if you attended medical school in a country that is slow to respond to inquiries from Canada.

If you are an IMG, licensing in Canada as a physician simply does not happen without a PhysiciansApply.ca account.

We like questions!

It’s likely that you will have questions along your journey to practicing in Canada. Don’t hesitate to contact John Livingstone at: John@CanadaMedicalCareers.ca

Or call WhatsApp +1 250-885-8802 (9 AM - 6 PM Pacific Time)

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