Physicians are also called medical practitioners. The term “medical” refers to “medicine” and no other health professions may use it in its name.
The Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Branch of Community Services licenses physicians in Yukon and the Yukon Medical Council makes decisions about physician licensing requirements, quality of care and competency of physicians.
Contact information for the Yukon medical regulatory authority is:
Coordinator, Yukon Medical Council
Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Branch
Department of Community Services
Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703, C-18
Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6 Canada
Medicine is governed by the following laws:
The pathway map to recognition provides an overview of the licensing process in Yukon.
International medical graduates (IMGs) looking to begin the process of obtaining a licence to practise medicine in Canada should start by visiting the website of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for detailed information about the qualification recognition process.
National Entry-to-Practice Exams
There is a series of exams that an international medical graduate (IMG) will need to take. They are administered by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Please visit their website at http://mcc.ca/home/ to get more information about the three exams that constitute the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) and need to be taken in sequence:
- Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
- MCC Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE Part I)
- MCC Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE II)
Once these exams have been successfully completed, there may be an opportunity to acquire a limited licence for family physicians. Please contact the Yukon Medical Council for the most current information.
For a full licence the following two exams need to be successfully completed:
- The MCC Qualifying Exam Part II; and
- The Certification Examination in Family Medicine administered by the College of Family Physicians of Canada; or
- Certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
A bridging program is a program that is designed to bridge the gap between the knowledge and skills that international medical graduates (IMGs) already possess and the knowledge and skills they need to become practice-ready in a Canadian medical environment.
Bridging programs and exam preparation courses are offered at several institutions. This is just a small selection:
- Career Transitions for International Medical Doctors
- University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for IMGs.
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) launched a Communication and Cultural Competence orientation program that provides physicians with comprehensive information about Canadian medical practice, and in particular the communication skills and cultural competencies required for patient-centered care.
The Yukon Medical Council requires that an international medical graduate (IMG) “is reasonably able to speak, read and write in either French or English”. Your language abilities will be assessed during your licensing interview.
Please note that most other jurisdictions require that you demonstrate English proficiency with:
- TOEFL iBT with a result of 96, with 24 or higher in each section; or
- Academic IELTS, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
unless your medical education was instructed in English and the primary language for patient care was English and the first and native language of the country where you were trained is English.
Pursue a career that uses your medical / health knowledge but doesn’t require licensure as a physician, e.g. as a health researcher, policy analyst or case worker for a social service agency.