Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

New Alberta requirements for internationally trained physicians

  • Pan-Canadian Practice Readiness Assessment (PRA) – Effective January 1, 2018, internationally trained physicians entering medical practice in Canada will benefit from one standardized and transparent PRA process .
  • Therapeutics Decision Making (TDM) Exam – Effective March 1, 2018, internationally trained physicians interested in Family Medicine will have to pass the TDM exam to ensures they have the skills and training necessary to succeed in Family Medicine.

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Depending on your specific qualifications, you may be eligible for one of the following:

 Alberta International Medical Graduates (AIMG) Program – Provides graduates of medical schools outside Canada and the U.S. with access to Alberta postgraduate residency training in Family Medicine or Specialty disciplines.

 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) – Works with the medical education community, medical schools and students to coordinate postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.


To be eligible for any Alberta medical practice permit, you must:

  • provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • have an acceptable medical or osteopathic degree
  • be applying for or have completed appropriate postgraduate training*
  • must meet all requirements of specific register

*NOTE: Fellowship training, community service, public service, national service, Medical Officer posts and practice experience DO NOT satisfy the postgraduate training requirements.