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Medical Colleges in Canada: The Best and The Only

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Medical colleges in Canada are altogether 17 in number. All these schools grant the MD, or Doctor of Medicine, degree over the course of a 3- or 4-year focal curriculum (excluding variable months of preparatory modules), with MCAT score being a mandatory selection criterion for most.

Previously, the Medical Council of India (MCI), had endorsed and approved certain foreign institutions that MBBS aspirants can go to. However, the MCI has been replaced by the National Medical Commission now.

The NMC does not endorse any list of Foreign Medical Institutions/ Universities for MBBS anymore.

All 17 Medical Colleges in Canada

Medical SchoolCity name
Cumming School of Medicine, University of CalgaryCalgary
Dalhousie University Faculty of MedicineHalifax
Max Rady College of Medicine, University of ManitobaWinnipeg
McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesMontreal
Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of MedicineSt. John’s
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster UniversityHamilton
Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead and Laurentian UniversitiesSudbury
Queen’s University Faculty of Health SciencesKingston
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western UniversityLondon
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and DentistryEdmonton
University of British Columbia Faculty of MedicineVancouver
University of Ottawa Faculty of MedicineOttawa
University of Saskatchewan College of MedicineSaskatoon
University of Toronto Faculty of MedicineToronto
Université de Montréal Faculté de MédecineMontreal
Université de Sherbrooke Faculté de Médecine et des Sciences de la SantéSherbrooke
Université Laval Faculté de MédecineQuébec


FMGE Examination

After coming back to India as a foreign-trained medical graduate, you will have to clear Medical Council of India (MCI) Exam which is also known as “Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE)”. FMGE is a licensure examination for those Indian students who have pursued MBBS from abroad. FMGE is conducted twice a year and you will require 50% to pass.

MCI or FMGE Examination is compulsory till now and is conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) in India. Foreign medical graduates are required to write the FMGE to become eligible to practice here.

The success rate of FMGE is extremely low and competition is very steep. Here we have mentioned some of the popular pathways to study as well as practice medicine in select countries. However, you can always come back to practice in India after being trained as a medic abroad but FMGE is a mandate before you start practicing here.



Important Highlights

Medical SchoolTotal Applicants First Year EnrollmentMinimum MCAT
Dalhousie U1183108503
McGill UNot available184Not Available
McMaster5271205Not available
Memorial University of Newfoundland70080-84None
Northern Ontario School of Medicine213064Not Required
Queen’s UNot Available100Not Available
University of Calgary1600155No Minimum
University of Manitoba1000112minimums have not been established
University of OttawaNot Available164Not Required but recommended
University of SaskatchewanNot available100506
University of Toronto3000259125 on each Section
University of British Columbia2322288124 on each section
University of Western OntarioNot postedNot posted384


MCAT or No MCAT?

“Without MCAT” should not be a choice for you as international students are mostly judged through MCAT scores in Canada with the exception of 5 colleges.

Out of these 5 exceptions, 3 schools are either only francophone (French speaking) or bilingual. Other than these few, all medical colleges in Canada require or recommend MCAT.

These 5 exceptions are:

  1. The University of Ottawa
  2. Montréal Université
  3. Laval Université
  4. Sherbrooke Université
  5. Northern Ontario School of Medicine

2 further exceptions:

  1. McGill University
  • Acceptance rate for McGill is highly inflated because McGill loves accepting international students!
  • MCAT is optional here only if you’ve obtained a basis-of-admission (pre-med) degree from a Canadian university
  1. McMaster University
  • Selection committee uses only 4th section of the MCAT exam for admission
  • However, all applicants are required to write MCAT prior to the application deadline


Medical License in Canada

After you graduate from a Canadian medical school, or while completing your degree (within 12 months of the date of the exam), you have to take both the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Qualifying Examinations (MCCQE) Part I and Part II, in order to qualify and become a Licentiate of MCC (LMCC) and get a full license to practice medicine in Canada.

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  • MCCQE Part I is a qualifying factor for Part II.
  • For appearing for MCCQE Part II, you must have passed your PGT – 12 months of Postgraduate Clinical Medical Training.

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Coming from non-Canadian medical colleges?

After graduating from any non-Canadian medical school as listed in the “World Directory of Medical Schools”, you have to take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination if you want to practice in Canada but only after completing a residency program in the country.

The NAC exam is a one-day exam to enter a Canadian residency program for entrance into postgraduate training in Canada.

Final Thoughts

There you go! You have all the stuff you wanted. Do you want to make a career decision now?

Not settled yet?

Check this page. It has all entry pathways to medical colleges in Canada, the NAC exam and more.

In case, you feel indecisive or confused, do dial us up. It is often useful to reach out to expert counselors for addressing individual issues. iDreamCareer experts are always ready to help young minds like you from 9th class, 10th classclass 11, class 12 with an aim to select your most-suited career choices.

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