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International Medical Graduates

Are you an International Medical Graduate (IMG) seeking information on practicing in Manitoba?

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As an IMG, some additional training or an assessment may be required in order to practice medicine in Manitoba. There are four pathways to licensure for IMGs.

Three of the pathways are associated with the University of Manitoba International Medical Graduate Program, and one is associated through the Canadian Residency Match Service (CaRMS).

Application to any of these four pathways does not guarantee acceptance
into these programs. The number of positions allocated for training and
assessment are limited and extremely competitive.

IMG Licensure Four Pathways:

  1. Medical Licensure Program for IMGs (MLPIMG)
    A one year training program for general practitioners preparing them to practice in under serviced areas of Manitoba. This program accepts a maximum of twenty IMGs per year.

  2. IMGs Assessment for Conditional Licensure (IMGACL)
    A four month assessment for general practitioners who are considered practice-ready allowing them to practice in under serviced areas of Manitoba. This program accepts a maximum of five IMGs per year.

  3. Non Registered Specialist Assessment Program (NRSAP)
    An assessment designed to assist internationally trained specialists who can practice independently and do not need further residency training to integrate into the Manitoba health care system. The length of the assessment is dependent on the specialty. Enrollment in the program requires an approved sponsor and a job offer in a specialty deemed to be a high need in the province of Manitoba.

  4. Canadian Residency Match Service (CaRMS)
    A service matching physicians, residents and students for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.

For more information regarding these four pathways, please see the list of the:
Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.


Canadians Studying Abroad (CSA)

Did you know that CSAs are also International Medical Graduates (IMGs)? The term IMG does not refer to citizenship or place of birth; it is only an educational reference.

CSAs are spread across the globe and what the majority have in common is their desire to return home to Canada for residency training or to practice medicine.

If you are a Canadian student who is planning to complete medical school outside of Canada, it is important to research, prepare and plan for your return to Canada prior to your departure. You are encouraged to review your plan frequently over the course of your studies as your interests and the eligibility requirements in Canada may change.  

Manitoba has a physician repatriation coordinator who is available to provide support and guidance to Canadians studying/practicing medicine outside of Manitoba who want to return to Manitoba for training and practice opportunities.

The Repatriation Coordinator can provide you with information about: