Streamlined process for Canada

An in-depth mapping study of curricula undertaken by the University of Exeter has shown the health care context, training and assessments in Canada to be close in many aspects to the UK GP training programme. The amount of evidence required for this type of CEGPR application is therefore reduced. If you trained and qualified as a general practitioner in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for a CEGPR via the streamlined process.

Steps to a CEGPR, the GP Register and working as a general practitioner

  1. Apply to the GMC for a CEGPR and submit a folder of evidence in line with the guidance.
  2. GMC checks your evidence is complete and passes it to the RCGP for evaluation.
  3. RCGP evaluates all evidence and makes a recommendation to the GMC.
  4. GMC reviews the recommendation and approves or declines your application for a CEGPR.
  5. If the GMC approves your application, you will be included on the GMC’s GP Register. If your application is declined, you will be given recommendations on how to meet the required standard.
  6. Apply to join the GP International Induction Programme (IIP). Successful completion of the programme will allow you entry to the National Medical Performers List, a prerequisite to working in general practice.

To be eligible to apply through the SPC process, you will need to have achieved:

  • Certification in Family Medicine (CCFP) with the College of Family Physicians of Canada under any of the CanMEDS-Family Medicine curricula from 2009 to date, following satisfactory completion of the two year clinical training programme.
  • At least two years' whole time experience (or the equivalent part time) working unsupervised as a fully licensed family physician in Canada, but not exclusively in remote rural practice. If you completed a third year of enhanced skills training for the Certificate of Added Competency (CAC) in one of the areas listed below, it can contribute one year towards this requirement.

Addiction medicine; care of the elderly; emergency medicine; palliative care; sport and exercise medicine.

In addition:

  • Your application for a CEGPR must be made within the ten years after gaining CCFP. During this time, it is expected that you will have maintained your skills by working in general practice but not exclusively in remote rural practice. If you haven't trained or worked in general practice for several years it may be difficult for you to evidence the skills and competences required. Most weight will be given to experience as a general practitioner in the five years preceding your application for a CEGPR.

If you registered as a family physician in Canada via an alternative route, you will not be able to apply for a CEGPR through the streamlined process but you may wish to apply for a standard CEGPR.

How to apply for a CEGPR via the streamlined process for Canada

  • Write to the GMC Specialist Applications Team at copying in and with CEGPR SPC in the subject field of your email.
  • Ensure you attach your CV to your email.
  • The GMC will determine whether you are eligible to apply and if you are, the GMC will send you the application form and the Specialty Specific Guidance for CEGPR (SPC). 
  • The GMC will guide you through the application process and will tell you how to upload or send your documentary evidence. You can also contact the RCGP at the address below if you are unsure what to include or if you have any questions about selecting and presenting your evidence.

While the RCGP will be asked to evaluate your evidence and provide a recommendation, the final decision to award a CEGPR is made by the GMC. Once you have gained a CEGPR you are automatically included in the GP Register.

Final steps to independent practice

You will also need to complete a short programme of supervised induction before applying for posts in independent practice. You can register for the GP International Induction Programme (IIP) through the GP National Recruitment Office website. You will be included on the National Medical Performers List after completing your induction. Once this is confirmed, you can accept a post in independent practice.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the CEGPR Streamlined Process for Canada contact our GP Specialist Applications team on:

Tel: 020 3188 7656 
Tel: + 44 20 3188 7656 from outside the UK

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