International Medical Graduates


The University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine welcomes  International Medical Graduates (IMGs) each year.

To apply to the Residency Program at uOttawa, you must complete your application through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).


All applicants must be graduates of an international medical school holding Canadian Citizenship or Canadian permanent residency status. Applicants should be fluent in English.

It is also required that you 1) pass your Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam and 2) pass your National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination offered by Touchstone Institute Competency Evaluation Experts.

Medical Council of Canada
1021 Thomas Spratt Place
Ottawa ON
K1G 5L5 
Phone: (613) 520-2240
Fax: (613) 248-5234

Medical Council of Canada

Touchstone Institute Competency Evaluation Experts 
80 Bloor St West
9th floor – Suite 902
Toronto ON 
M5S 2V1
Phone: (416) 924-8622
Fax: (416) 924-8921

Choosing a Program Stream

IMGs are eligible to apply for the Urban Stream.


If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an invitation via email. Interviews are mandatory, as they allow the program to rank applicants and make a final decision.

Second Iteration

The second iteration of interviews is open to all International Medical Graduate (IMG) applicants for designated IMG spots who:

  • Do not match in the first iteration;
  • Possess previous postgraduate medical training.
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