Alternatives to Degrees in Medicine from Schools Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools Published by the World Health Organization


Policy Category: Registration
Under Review: No
Approved by Council: December 2016
College Contact: Registration Inquiries

Downloadable Version(s): Alternatives to Degrees in Medicine from Schools Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools Published by the World Health Organization


Introduction

It is a regulatory requirement for all applicants for a certificate of registration, regardless of the class of certificate, that the applicant must have a “degree in medicine”. The Registration Regulation (O. Reg. 865/93) defines “degree of medicine” to include an M.D. or an equivalent degree in medicine, that, among other things, was, at the time of graduation, listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization.

The World Directory of Medical Schools is no longer being published by the World Health Organization. The World Directory of Medical Schools has been developed through a partnership between the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). 

This policy reflects that the Registration Committee will accept an M.D. or equivalent degree from the World Directory of Medical School as satisfying the requirement of a medical degree as defined in s.1(b)(iii) of the regulation.

Policy

A degree in medicine is defined in section 1 of the Registration Regulation to include the following:

  1. an M.D. or equivalent basic degree in medicine, based upon successful completion of a conventional undergraduate program of education in allopathic medicine that,
    1. teaches medical principles, knowledge and skills similar to those taught in undergraduate programs of medical education at accredited medical schools,
    2. includes at least 130 weeks of instruction over a minimum of thirty-six months, and
    3. was, at the time of graduation, listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization. 

The Registration Committee will accept an M.D. or equivalent basic degree in medicine from a medical school that was, at the time of graduation, listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools online registry as satisfying the requirement set out in s. 1 (b)(iii) of the Registration Regulation. 

All applications submitted under this Policy require review and approval by the College’s Registration Committee. All applicants must satisfy all other criteria for registration.