Medical Education in Canada

Canada’s medical education system is among the best in the world and plays a fundamental role in equipping physicians with the skills they will ultimately bring forward to the people and communities they serve.

Generally, medical students begin their studies after receiving a bachelor’s degree in another field, often one of the biological sciences, Nursing, chemistry etc. You must also be a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada to be able to get admission into the medical school. However, not all medical schools in Canada require a bachelor’s degree for entry.

For example, Quebec’s medical schools accept applicants after a two-year CEGEP diploma, which is the equivalent of other provinces’ grade 12 plus the first year of university. Most faculties of medicine in Western Canada require at least 2 years, and most faculties in Ontario require at least 3 years of university study before application can be made to medical school.  The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) have a detailed guide to admission requirements of Canadian faculties of medicine on a yearly basis. For more information, Contact Us.