Postgraduate Education Certificate of Registration

A postgraduate education certificate is required for postgraduate medical training at an Ontario medical school and is renewed annually.

Requirements for obtaining a certificate of registration authorizing Postgraduate Education

  1. A medical degree from an accredited Canadian or US medical school or from an acceptable international medical school.
  2. An appointment in training at an Ontario medical school.

International Medical Graduates are also required to pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination.

Terms, Conditions and Limitations of a Postgraduate Education Certificate of Registration

The holder may practise medicine:

  • Only as required by the postgraduate program
  • Only in clinical teaching units or settings affiliated with a postgraduate program.

The holder may not charge fees for services.

Medical school graduates seeking postgraduate training in Ontario may apply for entry to an Ontario residency program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), provided they meet CaRMS eligibility requirements for Ontario.

Medical students considering taking postgraduate training outside Canada, and who wish to return and obtain an Ontario certificate of registration are cautioned to seek confirmation from either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) that such training will allow them to be eligible for the certification exams of either of those bodies. Certification by the RCPSC or CFPC is required for registration in Ontario for independent practice.

Through the Repatriation Program, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) funds additional postgraduate medical training positions in Ontario to recruit physicians who have completed or partially completed postgraduate residency training outside Canada and require up to two years of training to meet the national certification requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).