Visa Applicants

Postgraduate medical trainees must register with the Postgraduate Medical Education Office either as residency trainees or as Fellows. Residency trainees are registered in training programs that will lead to certification of the trainee as a specialist by a certifying body such as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Clinical Fellows are trainees who already hold specialty certification and complete their Fellowship training as a “topping off” experience. For further information on Fellowships in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, please visit attached link: https://www.uoftplasticsurgery.ca/education/fellowships/

Information regarding individual program objectives, description and curriculum, is available through the Faculty of Medicine website (www.pgme.utoronto.ca and click “Programs”). These programs are accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The RCPSC website (http://rcpsc.medical.org) includes a detailed description of training objectives and requirements (to view this information, select the “Information by Specialty” option from the homepage).

In order to be considered for residency training, applicants must be eligible for a certificate authorizing postgraduate education (an educational-type medical license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the medical licensing authority for the province of Ontario.  Successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) is one of the CPSO’s licensing requirements for international medical graduates (information regarding the MCCEE ca be obatined by reviewing the Medical Council of Canada’s website at http://www.mcc.ca.  For details regarding the CPSO’s requirements for licensure, please consult the CPSO’s website at http://www.cpso.on.ca.

Please note that applicants must provide proof of having written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) as a condition of applying for a residency training position.

Graduates of acceptable unaccredited medical schools (medical schools outside Canada and the U.S.A.) who are not Canadian Citizens (or who do not have Permanent Resident status in Canada) are not eligible for Ontario Ministry of Health-funded positions.  Appropriate non-Canadian sponsoring agencies may be considered acceptable sources of funding (for example, governments, universities, hospitals).  The sponsoring agency would be required to pay a tuition fee to the University of Toronto and salary/benefits at a level equivalent to Ontario trainees for the duration of the residency training program.  Self-funding (for example, sponsorship through personal funds) is not permitted for residency trainees.

Agreements regarding sponsorship must be arranged directly between the applicant’s sponsoring agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education Office.  The sponsoring agency would need to contact Mr. John Kerr, Manager, International Programs at the Postgraduate Medical Education Office (e-mail: john.kerr@utoronto.ca) to sign a postgraduate training agreement. Please note that the PGME office is not involved in securing sponsorship for applicants; Mr. Kerr arranges the postgraduate training agreement only after an applicant’s sponsoring agency has contacted him directly.

Once a sponsorship agreement had been arranged, the sponsoring agency would need to forward the application package to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office. The application would need to include the following items:

  • a covering letter from the sponsoring agency which confirms its full financial support for the duration of the applicant’s proposed training program
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • a copy of the applicant’s medical school transcript
  • internship certificate (if applicable)
  • a copy of MCCEE score report
  • three letters of reference, written within two years of the date of application
  • a letter from applicant, addressed to the Program Director, Dr. Mitchell Brown, which briefly explains the applicant’s interest in training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto (this letter is optional, but strongly recommended).

Please note that Dr. Brown prefers that applicants also come for an observership prior to making any decisions regarding acceptance.  While an observership is recommended, it does not guarantee a position in residency.

Postgraduate medical trainees who are not Canadian Citizens (or who do not have Canadian Permanent Resident status) must sign an agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Health not to remain in Canada upon completion of their training program.

Information regarding the application process is accessible through the PGME website:
http://www.pgme.utoronto.ca/content/work-visa-visa-trainees

Applicants from Saudi Arabia

There is a postgraduate training agreement in place between the Ministry of Higher Education of Saudi Arabia (as represented by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada) and the University of Toronto. In keeping with this agreement, the PGME Office receives applications for training from citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Ottawa (http://www.saudibureau.org) For contact information regarding this process, contact:  Ms. Mehiteb Shahien, Academic Placement Officer, Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Ottawa (mshahien@saudibureau.org).

The application package from the Saudi Bureau must include the following items:

  1. Letter from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, indicating full financial support for the duration of training for the program requested.
  2. MCCEE results
  3. Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  4. Copy of medical degree (with translation, where applicable)
  5. Copy of medical school transcript (with translation, where applicable)
  6. Three letters of reference, written within the past two years (signed and dated on letterhead)
  7. A brief personal statement of interest in the Toronto Residency Program of Choice (recommended).

John Kerr
Manager, International Programs
Postgraduate Medical Education Office, University of Toronto
Tel.: 416-978-8420
Fax:  416-978-7144
Email:  john.kerr@utoronto.ca