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Postgraduate Medical Education

International learners coming to McMaster for a visiting elective

This PGME International Electives Onboarding Checklist will help ensure all the requirements are met in order for the elective to begin on time.

Learners and programs will find this checklist useful.

Steps to follow for International learners coming to McMaster for a visiting elective

Step 1

Contact program to request an elective Contact Information

The international learner is responsible to reach out to the program and request an elective.

Step 2

Complete the international electives application form Application Requirements

PGME requirements should be started at least six months prior to the elective’s proposed start-date. Failure to complete the requirements within this timeline may result in a delayed start-date.

Step 3

Obtaining a College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) license CPSO Requirements

Candidates must be eligible for a license with the CPSO, the body that regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario.

Step 4

Work Permit Application Work Permit Instructions

Learners must have a work permit that is valid for the duration of their elective.

Step 5

McMaster Health Screening Record Requirements

The health screening record must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the scheduled elective.