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Postgraduate Medical Education

Fellowship Application

Fellowships are an opportunity to gain specialized expertise, not normally acquired during residency training. McMaster University offers over 70 fellowship programs, including six Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Area of Focused Competence (AFC) programs. Fellowships are either clinically based or research based. The difference is that research fellows have no patient contact and engage solely in research.

Visit our Fellowship program page or AFC program page to view a full list of programs offered at McMaster.

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Clinical fellows must be eligible for a certificate authorizing postgraduate education from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The CPSO requires the applicant be recognized as a medical specialist/family physician in the jurisdiction where the applicant has been practicing medicine. Trainees apply to the CPSO only after they have been accepted into a clinical fellowship program.  Research fellows have no patient contact, meaning licensure with the CPSO is not required. The research fellow must possess a medical degree, and meet the program’s own admission criteria.

The application process:

  1. Complete the McMaster Postgraduate application form and submit the following documentation:
    1. Up-to-date CV (must be up-to-date within 6 months of application submission)
    2. Medical degree
    3. Specialty Certificate (or MCCEE/MCCQE1 exam results if no specialty certificate)
    4. Transcripts.
    5. Reference Letters
    6. Copy of passport you would be entering Canada with
    7. Funding

**Translations must be provided with the application and official documentation, relating to qualifications, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

2. Eight weeks prior to the program start date, trainees must complete the McMaster health screening record and supporting documentation directly to the McMaster health screening office

Requirements for Canadians coming from outside of Ontario:

  • Must include a copy of their current provincial licensure that is valid to their Ontario start date.
  • Learners that have not sat their board certification are required to provide a letter from their residency program stating the dates they will successfully complete the program and sit their certification exams.

The applicant is responsible for their funding/sponsorship to support their fellowship.

The program will contact the applicant directly once all documents are received. Individual programs may have their own admission criteria.

Clinical fellows must be eligible for a certificate authorizing postgraduate education from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The CPSO requires the applicant be recognized as a medical specialist/family physician in the jurisdiction where the applicant has been practicing medicine. Trainees apply to the CPSO only after they have been accepted into a clinical fellowship program.  Research fellows have no patient contact, meaning licensure with the CPSO is not required. The research fellow must possess a medical degree, and meet the program’s own admission criteria.

International (visa) applicants with Foreign Government Sponsorship must apply through their sponsorship bureau and not directly to the programs or the PGME office.

The application process:

  1. Complete the McMaster Postgraduate application form and submit the following documentation:
    1. Up–to-date CV(must be up-to-date within 6 months of application submission)
    2. Medical degree.
    3. Specialty Certificate (or MCCEE/MCCQE1 exam results if no specialty certificate).
    4. Transcripts
    5. Reference Letters
    6. Copy of passport you would be entering Canada with
    7. Funding
      **Translations must be provided with the application and official documentation, relating to qualifications, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
  2. Eight weeks prior to the program start date, trainees must complete the McMaster health screening record and supporting documentation directly to the McMaster health screening office.
  3. A valid work permit is required during the duration of their fellowship. The PGME office will provide the trainee with the work permit application information and an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approved letter of employment that will enable the appointee to apply for the appropriate work permit. The work permit can take up to six months to process.

Additional Requirements

  • The Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) is an assessment period that evaluates candidates trained outside of Canada to determine whether they can function at the appointed level of training. It is a minimum of 4 to 12 weeks in duration. Assessment takes place in a supervised clinical, multidisciplinary environment where there is patient contact on an ongoing basis. Assessors are to ensure that candidates are: mentally competent to practice medicine; able to practice with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law; have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in postgraduate medical training as authorized by the educational license; can communicate effectively and display an appropriate professional attitude. The PEAP will be conducted by your supervisor or Program Director when you start your appointment, it does not occur in isolation from your regular training.
  • For clinical fellows from the United Kingdom, recognition as a specialist means having the appropriate UK qualification (i.e. MRCP, FRCS, FRCA, FRCR or MRCOG) and having subsequently completed all or most of the higher training of the Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training.
  • For clinical fellows from Australia, recognition as a specialist means having passed the Fellowship examinations of the appropriate Australian specialist college (e.g. Royal Australasian College of Physicians). You must also have completed all of the advanced training for admission to Australian Fellowship. The Provisional Fellowship Year is to be taken in Ontario in a clinical fellowship program.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure a funding source/sponsorship.  McMaster PGME currently has sponsorship agreements with certain institutions within the following countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar

The program will contact the applicant directly once all documents are received. Individual programs may have their own admission criteria. English translations must be provided with the application and official documentation, relating to qualifications, both undergraduate and postgraduate.