How to Become a Doctor in Winnipeg, MB Canada

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Starting a career as a doctor will not happen overnight. Becoming a doctor requires years and years of education, multiple exams, long hours in residency programs and all of this in a very competitive environment. With the population in Manitoba increasing in the first quarter of 2010, the need for doctors and specialists in Winnipeg and surrounding rural areas may be at its peak. Although becoming a doctor is hard work, you will find that acquiring and retaining a position as a doctor in Winnipeg will prove to be the easiest part of your journey to becoming a doctor.

  • Take chemistry, calculus, biology and physics in high school, if offered.

  • Consult your high school career counselor on universities in your area that offer a pre-medicine program for high school graduates.

  • Enroll in the university of your choice that offers a bachelor’s degree. The University of Winnipeg offers a three-year pre-professional medical study program which will allow you to graduate with a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. Concentrate on your studies over this three-year period as your grades during this time play an important part in being accepted to medical school.

  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test or MCAT. Your MCAT scores are also important in getting into medical school. The MCAT is a multiple-choice exam that assesses your problem solving, critical thinking, writing and knowledge of the physical sciences. All Canadian medical schools require access to your exam scores when reviewing your entrance application.

  • Prepare for your entrance interview. You will be invited for an interview based on your AGPA (Adjusted Grade Point Average) in your bachelor’s program and your MCAT scores. Getting accepted into medical school is based on your AGPA, MCAT and interview scores. Refer to the admissions requirements at the medical school of your choice to see how these three scores are used.

  • Attend medical school for four years or the required period. Duration of the medical school program varies by province. Please refer to the Canadian Medical Association website for a list of medical schools in Canada and their length of study.

  • Pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE) Part 1 to become eligible for the residency program.

  • Decide what type of doctor you would like to become and apply for a residency program. Residency is mandatory in Canada as it provides additional knowledge and experience to newly graduated medical students.

  • Begin your residency. Family medicine residencies are two years in length, while specialist residencies are generally four to nine years in length.

  • Pass the MCCQE Part 2 no sooner than 12 months after beginning your residency.

  • Complete your residency and submit an application for an assessment of training through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. You will be notified of your eligibility to write this certification exam.

  • Pass the assessment of training exam and register with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

  • Research the areas in Winnipeg that are hiring physicians and begin applying. The Canadian Medical Association has an extensive resource library to draw from when looking for a career in Winnipeg. The CMA offers career counseling, including a job board available at no cost.

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