Ontario to introduce a new program for recognizing foreign-trained physicians
The second intake period for Ontario’s assessment program for foreign-trained physicians for family and general practitioners will begin in early January next year.
Practice Ready Ontario (PRO) simplified the process for internationally-trained physicians to practice in Ontario by accepting applications from June 21 to July 19 this year.
Results were sent out in the second week of August. Those who missed the first intake or did not receive a positive result can now apply for the second intake if they meet the requirements.
The program includes a 12-week clinical field assessment in an assigned Ontario community to evaluate applicants’ readiness for independent practice.
About the Practice Ready Ontario (PRO)
Practice Ready Ontario streamlines the application process for internationally trained physicians who have completed postgraduate education and have independent practice experience in family medicine or as a general practitioner outside of Canada.
Practice Ready Ontario is a good thing for the people of Ontario and for internationally trained physicians who want to work in the province. The initiative allows internationally trained physicians to become licensed more quickly.
Hiring more physicians is the most effective way to ensure that you and your family can visit a doctor when and where you need it. Through the first cohort alone, Practice Ready Ontario will provide more family physicians in high-need areas; all successful candidates are expected by the provincial government to complete a three-year return of service as a family physician.
Touchstone Institute is working with the Ontario government, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), and others to run a practice-ready assessment program in Ontario for internationally trained family physicians.
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