Alberta now offering accelerated licensing for internationally trained doctors, specialists – CBC

‘Eligibility may expand,’ says College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

Jan 18, 2023

Some international medical graduates can now fast-track their licensing in Alberta.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) announced a five-year pilot project Monday to bring more doctors to the province faster, amid an ongoing shortage and strained emergency departments.

The CPSA released a 10-page document that outlines the jurisdictions, fields, institutions and years studied which make international medical graduates (IMGs) eligible to opt for a three-month process to become licensed in the province.

The goal of the pilot is to evaluate whether eligible IMGs may begin independently practising in their identified communities faster, the college said in a news release.

“Physicians are a worldwide resource in demand. While we’ve put our best foot forward, we realize we can’t single-handedly solve the concern with physician staffing in this province just with this program,” said Michael Caffaro, the CPSA’s assistant registrar.

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