International trainees in Canada or the U.S.

International trainees in Canada or the U.S.

Eligibility for Licensure:

In order to take up an elective at the University of Toronto, candidates must be eligible for licensure by the province’s medical licensing body, the College ofPhysicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

For applicable CPSO requirements for international medical graduates currently in residency training in Canada or the United States, click here.

Because CPSO requirements are subject to change, candidates should contact the CPSO directly to confirm these requirements. Please consult the CPSO website at

Required Documents:

International trainees who wish to take an elective under the supervision of aUniversity of Toronto postgraduate program director/training program must have the support of an acceptable sponsoring agency (embassy, university, hospital) and submit the following documentation through their sponsoring agency to the Toronto PGME Office:

1.      letter from sponsoring agency, indicating its full financial support for the duration of the elective training

2.      MCCEE results (USMLE results are not an acceptable substitute)

3.      up-to-date curriculum vitae, including country of birth, date of birth (day, month, year), current e-mail address and citizenship status

4.      copy of medical degree (with English translation, where applicable)

5.      written permission from current program director at the home university

Work Permit:

In addition to licensure by the CPSO, international trainees (i.e. trainees who are not Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents) require a Work Permit that is valid for the duration of their elective residency. Those accepted for elective training will receive Work Permit instructions and supporting documentation from the Toronto PGME Office. Elective appointees should allow 6 months for processing/preparation time.