Graduating osteopathic medical students and DOs are eligible to apply for residency training in all Canadian provinces participating in the 2020 Canadian Match, according to the Canadian Osteopathic Association (COA).
Saskatchewan recently updated its requirements, becoming the final participating province to recognize the qualifications of American osteopathic medical school graduates as equal to that of U.S.-trained MDs. The move opens up residency training opportunities across Canada, which primarily categorizes DOs applying for residency positions as international medical graduates (IMGs).
‘Decades of effort’
“This expansion of opportunity is the culmination of decades of effort to secure recognition of the osteopathic medical degree and bring the next generation of Canadian DOs home to train in our communities,” said Jason Crookham, DO, COA president.
To participate in the Canadian Match, IMGs must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination. Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia have additional provincial requirements for IMGs, according to the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).
First-time participants in the Canadian Match can register for the 2020 Match starting July 10. CaRMS administers two iterations of its main residency match. Match Day for the first iteration is March 3, 2020; Match Day for the second is April 15, 2020.
About 400 Canadian students are currently enrolled in U.S. osteopathic medical schools, says James Church, DO, COA executive director. More than 30 DOs currently practice in Canada, which the COA hopes will increase in tandem with residency training opportunities in the country.
COA successfully lobbied for the eligibility changes, which give graduates of COMs equal standing with all other IMGs. Learn more about the Canadian Match here.