Postgraduate students from schools outside of Canada at a level of PGY3 or higher are welcomed at McMaster University.
The maximum duration for international electives is 6 months. If you are not a Canadian citizen and require a visa we recommend allowing 5-6 months to process this and the licensing application, since they are both lengthy processes.
To begin the process, contact our Program Director to discuss your proposed dates of the elective as well as your areas of interest.
The McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education Office will require:
- Confirmation of the dates from our program
- A McMaster Postgraduate Application Form completed by you
Your CV (include date of birth)
- A Copy of your Medical Degree
- Copies of your Medical School Transcripts
- Your Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Exam results (not required, only if you have taken the exam)
Your home university Program Director must provide a letter of support, which is to include:
- The dates of your elective
- The McMaster supervisor’s name
- Verification that you are a registered postgrad trainee, in good standing, and level (must be at least a PGY3)
- Brief goals & objectives and an evaluation form from your home program
There is a training fee that must be paid upon arrival by cheque made out to McMaster University. There is an option to wire funds as well. If you are a Canadian citizen/have Permanent Resident Status in Canada, the training fee is waived, but the registration fee is re-instated.
International elective students are required to successfully complete a 2-week Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) during the first 2 weeks of their rotation. This is an assessment to determine that the trainee is at their reported training level.
For further information on International Electives, please visit: http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/postgrad/elective_trainees_international_universities.html