Reducing Barriers for US-trained Physicians to Practice in Ontario

  • April 28, 2023
  • Mina Karabit

At its latest Council meeting, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) proposed and approved changes to its registration policies to encourage more US-trained physicians to practice in Ontario. The proposal is outlined in a draft policy titled “Alternative Pathways to Registration for Physicians Trained in the United States.” There are also corresponding amendments to the current “Specialist Recognition Criteria in Ontario” policy, allowing these physicians to be recognized as specialists by the CPSO without being certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

In proposing these changes, Council considered the similarities between Canadian and US physician training programs and the comparable standard of US board certifications with RCPSC certification. Therefore, the current assessment requirements may be unnecessarily burdensome, and their removal would not compromise the integrity of the registration process.  

The proposed amendments aim to address two groups of US-trained physicians: (i) board-certified physicians and (ii) board-eligible physicians.