• have a medical degree from a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools which includes the Canada sponsor note
  • be enrolled in postgraduate training in an accredited program outside of British Columbia (in Canada or USA)
  • be able to provide a request for registration to the registrar from the associate dean of postgraduate medical education, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • be legally entitled to live and work in British Columbia
  • meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements

Application Process

Visiting resident-electives must be registered with the College before they can begin their elective. Please allow six weeks for the application to be processed.

  1. Resident-electives must apply to the postgraduate dean’s office at the University of British Columbia before being granted registration with the College. A letter from their program director is required as part of the submission to UBC. The College will also need a copy of this letter.
  2. Once UBC has approved the resident-elective’s application, the College will be informed via email.
  3. Upon receipt of that email, the College will mail the resident-elective an application package with further instructions. The package includes:
  • application form
  • consent to a criminal record check form
  • Medical Identification Number for Canada (MINC) form
  • checklist
  • certificate of professional conduct information sheet
  • English language proficiency requirements information sheet
  1. Once all the above steps have been completed, the resident-elective must contact the College. They may be eligible for expedited processing but if not, they must arrange an appointment. All original documents (passport, medical degree, etc.) must be brought to this appointment. Registration will be granted at that time.

Additional Information

  1. A non-refundable fee of C$140 is required to complete the application process. A portion of this fee ($40) is required to complete a criminal record check.
  2. A licensing fee of $150 is required for each year registration as a resident-elective is maintained.
  3. The certificate of professional conduct must be issued by the resident-elective’s current regulatory authority and be dated 60 days prior to the start of the elective.