I will walk you through the process of finding a skilled job as an International Medical Graduate (IMG) in the top 17 Universities with Medical Schools in Canada. Whether you are an experienced IMG or a fresh graduate, these IMG jobs in Canada will help you gain Canadian experience through which you become eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residency through the express entry pathway and enjoy a high quality of life.
Navigating the vast landscape of training programs and IMG jobs in Canada can be a daunting task, especially with medical universities located in only 8 out of the 13 provinces. But fear not! I am here to guide you through the process of finding these sought-after positions with ease.
In this article, I will provide you with invaluable tips and insights on how to discover the best training programs and IMG jobs in Canada. From research jobs for fresh graduates to clinical fellowships or consultant jobs for experienced physicians, we’ll explore the different types of opportunities available to you. So sit back, relax, and let me show you how to unlock your full potential in Canadian Universities.
The province of Alberta has the following 2 Universities where IMG jobs are available.
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine is in Edmonton in the province of Alberta. This is one of the top five universities in Canada. This is a great University and if there is an IMG Job and you’re able to get into, will be great for your career. Edmonton is a beautiful place and I personally know of IMGs practicing there.
If you click this link and go to the University of Alberta faculty of medicine and Dentistry website, you can click on the Departments and Institutes to find the links to individual departments.
If you are a fresh graduate, you could explore basic science departments. One example is the Department of Pharmacology. They may have many laboratory research opportunities which will give you Canadian experience through which you can be eligible for an express entry pathway for permanent residency.
The University of Calgary is in Calgary, in the province of Alberta. Below is a website screenshot for the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine.
You can go to the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine by clicking this link here. On this page, if you click on the list of departments, it will give a drop-down list of all the departments. Many Departments mention the research and clinical opportunities that you can explore to apply for a fellowship.
This is located in the beautiful city of Vancouver. I have been to Vancouver and have enjoyed visiting. In general, this is a competitive place and you may have difficulty finding a spot but the good news is that there are IMGs who are working there. Never hurts to try!
Recently one of my IMG friends visited the University of British Columbia and he said the campus is amazing. Here is the University of British Columbia website below which you can get to by clicking this link. I spent quite a bit of time on the website but I could not find departments easily. When this happens you could use the help of google to find the departments.
The University of Manitoba is in Winnipeg in the province of Manitoba as the name says. You can get to the University of Manitoba School of Medicine by clicking here. Once you are on this page, you can scroll down to find the departments where you can look for jobs. You will find the below page from where you can explore the Departments you are interested in.
There are no medical schools in the province of New Brunswick.
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Memorial University of Newfoundland is in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The population of this province is approximately half a million. There are probably more people in a small city in India like Udaipur or Vellore! I have not personally come across IMG’s going to Newfoundland, but that does not mean it’s not happening. What I’m trying to say is this might be a great opportunity for you because I cannot imagine a lot of competition in places like this. Newfoundland can be a very cold place because this is the easternmost province of Canada right next to the Atlantic Ocean. If you are wondering if Canada is very cold? then yes you are right!
You can go to the Memorial University Website by clicking on this link here.Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador
Once you are on the University website, you can click on the link that says “Disciplines and Divisions”. The Memorial University website is user-friendly and easy to find things around.
There are no medical schools in the province of Northwest Territories.
You can get to the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine website by clicking the link here. Below is the screenshot of the website.
On this University website, if you go to “Schools and Departments” and click on “Clinical Departments” you will find details on all the Departments and the available options.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is located in the province of Ontario. I did not know where this University is so I went to Google Maps and looked it up. It is approximately 400 kilometers north of Toronto. See the screenshot from Google Maps below. This University being away from a major city is a great opportunity for those looking for IMG Jobs in Canada. The competition will be relatively less.
You can go to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine by clicking this link here. Here is a screenshot of the website.
Once you are on this website, you can go to the “Faculty” tab to explore options for IMG jobs in Canada. If you want to see a demonstration of how to navigate through the websites then watch this video by clicking this link.
Queen’s University School of Medicine is in Kingston in the province of Ontario. Kingston is a city that is right next to the U.S. border. I have personally been to Kingston and it has a nice tourist area called 1,000 islands. You can take a cruise and enjoy nature here.
You can go to the Queen’s University website by clicking the link here. Below are two screenshots from Queen’s University.
The top picture is the landing page. If you click on “Departments” on this page then you will get to the list of all departments. Here where you explore jobs for you as an IMG.
The University of Toronto as the name says is located in the city of Toronto in the province of Ontario. I went to the University of Toronto and did my clinical fellowships there. I lived in Toronto, a beautiful city and an outstanding university. The University of Toronto is ranked as the number one University in Canada. The University of Toronto is huge and even though this University is located in Toronto there are a lot more opportunities for IMGs to find Jobs in Canada.
Since I worked previously at the University of Toronto, I am very familiar with the websites. In order to find information, you have to go to Google and type in the University of Toronto and the individual Department in which you’re interested. I will give you a couple of examples and you can follow a similar strategy for other Departments.
- The University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia
- The University of Toronto, Department of Radiology
- The University of Toronto, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
McMaster University is located in Hamilton in the province of Ontario. I have been close to this University many times and this is very close to one of my favorite places Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-lake. If you happen to be in this University, you can just pop off to Niagara Falls anytime, it’s just an hour’s drive from there.
Take a little break and enjoy this beautiful video I took when I recently visited Niagara Falls.
Alright, back to work. You can go to McMaster University School of Medicine’s website by clicking this link. Below is the screenshot from the McMaster University School of Medicine Directories.
I had to spend some extra time in order to figure out where exactly the department is sitting. In this case, it was not obvious. Instead, you can use the search directory tab on this website to explore job opportunities for you as an IMG. You may see this too! May take some extra time to get to your Department of choice and find opportunities. If you have any questions, reach out to me on this website or on my youtube channel IMG Secrets by clicking this link here.
You can go to the University of Western Ontario by clicking on this link here. Above is the screenshot of the University website.
On this page, if you click on the “clinical departments” you will see a list of all the clinical departments. This will help you navigate to find Jobs for IMGs in Canada.
Prince Edward Island
There are no medical schools in the province of Prince Edward Island.
Quebec province is a French Province. When I went to Quebec Province for the first time, I drove by car from Ottawa. I was barely a few kilometers away from the province of Ontario and was surprised by how Quebec Province looked; it looks like a completely different country. Everything is in French there, the sign boards, the street signs, etc. I went to Walmart and people spoke French; well they did speak English but seemed like they prefer to speak French!
If you’re an IMG who is good at French, this is a golden opportunity for you. If you’re not good at French just like me then focus on other provinces.
University Laval is in Quebec Province. You can go to the University Laval website by clicking this link here. Below is the screenshot of the University website. As you can see it is in French. You can use a google translator or any other similar tool to change the website to English.
One thing I recognized about the University of Laval is that they do have a language requirement. The expectation is you be fluent in French. This is both spoken and written French, if you’re not good at French you shouldn’t be looking at this university but if you’re good at French this is again a golden opportunity for you to find an IMG Job in Canada.
Sherbrook University is located in a city called Sherbrooke in the province of Quebec. You can go to Sherbrooke University by clicking this link here. Below is a screenshot of the website. Similar to above, this is in French and you could use a google translator to see the website in English.
University de Montreal is located in Montreal in Quebec Province. You can go to the University website by clicking this link here. Below is a screenshot from the website. The search tab below is a place where you can search for all Departments.
McGill University is also located in Montreal. I have visited Montreal, it’s a beautiful place. I’ve been there a few times, can be extremely cold but if you get an opportunity there, I would take it.
You can go to McGill University Faculty of Medicine by clicking the link here. Below is the screenshot of the website.
When you land on this website, click on schools and departments. This will open all the departments based on which you can explore IMG jobs in Canada.
The University of Saskatchewan is located in the province of Saskatchewan as the name says. You can go to the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine website by clicking here. Below is the screenshot of the University of Saskatchewan website
This website did not make it easy to find the departments. In this case, you can go to google and type in the University name and the Department you are interested in similar to what I showed you with the University of British Columbia above.
There are no medical schools in the province of Yukon.
How to apply to the Universities to find IMG Jobs in Canada?
I have explained the entire process of how to apply along with many examples in this video. Click this link to find out the complete details.
The rule of thumb I suggest is:
- Email your application along with your CV & personal statement
- Send a reminder email if no response in 4 weeks
- Make a phone call if no response after 4 more weeks.
- If you don’t hear a response from them, move on.
The 4 weeks is a general suggestion and if you wait 5 weeks, I won’t be upset!
This article was first published in IMGSecrets.com, if you find it elsewhere this is stolen content.
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By Dr. Rajeev Iyer MBBS, MD, FASA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology,
University of Pennsylvania, USA
This opinion in this article in author’s own and does not represent the opinion of University of Pennsylvania or any other organization.