Alberta residency
training for
international medical

The Alberta International Medical Graduate (AIMG) Program is a provincial program that uses a comprehensive assessment protocol in order to identify qualified applicants who are eligible to compete for defined residency positions. The AIMG Program advances its mission through evaluation, research and support.

Applying to the Program

Successful applicants have the opportunity to apply to IMG designated, postgraduate residency positions (year one entry) in a number of disciplines at both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. These residency positions are funded by the Alberta Government and align with recognized provincial physician resource needs.

Applications to the AIMG Program must be completed and submitted through the AIMG Program online application portal before the application deadline. A new application must be submitted for each AIMG Program cycle in which the applicant wishes to be considered. Applications are not rolled forward from cycle to cycle.

Tweets and Timelines

How it Works

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Alberta International Medical Graduate (AIMG) Program 2019 Cycle must meet and provide supporting documentary evidence for all six (6) eligibility requirements.

International Medical Degree / Diploma

Have an undergraduate medical degree which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as being recognized in Canada

Status in Canada

Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Alberta Resident

2 years full-time Alberta senior high school study or 2 years full-time Alberta undergraduate postsecondary study or 24 weeks continuous Alberta residency

English Language Proficiency

Recent acceptable IELTS Academic result or an exemption from English Language Proficiency testing as per College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1

Passing grade on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1. Last opportunity to take the exam is Spring of the application year.

MCC National Assessment Collaboration – Objective Structured Clinical Examination

Passing grade on the Medical Council of Canada National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam. Last opportunity to take the exam is Fall of the application year.

Assessments and Selection

Multiple Mini Interviews

Consist of a series of short carefully timed interview stations in an attempt to draw multiple samples of a candidate’s ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, effectively communicate their ideas, and demonstrate their insight into unique and complex clinical scenarios.


Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

IMG-designated residency positions in Alberta are matched through CaRMS. All IMGs (including those in their final year of medical school outside of North America) must apply to and be assessed by the AIMG Program before applying for these positions.

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Candidates who match to Alberta R-1 residency positions undergo a 10-week period called Externship prior to being accepted as a resident. Externship is not intended as a training period – its sole purpose is to assess the Extern’s capabilities and readiness to enter into residency training in an Alberta university.

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Clinical Assessment Placement

The Clinical Assessment Placement (CAP) is an AIMG Program-facilitated opportunity for randomly selected, eligible candidates to be assessed through two 2-week unpaid placements in clinical settings in Calgary or Edmonton.

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