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

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 each AIMG Program cycle for which the applicant wishes to be considered. Applications will not be rolled forward from cycle to cycle.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Alberta International Medical Graduate (AIMG) Program 2021 Cycle must meet and provide supporting documentary evidence for all six (6) eligibility requirements. It is the applicant's responsibility to review and adhere to these requirements every cycle as they may change. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

Events relevant to the 2020 Cycle, 2021 Cycle and 2020 Clinical Assessment Placements (CAP) are listed in the Calendar

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The AIMG Program office will be closed as of 12:30pm MT on Friday, February 14, 2020 through to and including February 17, 2020. We will begin responding to inquiries on 8:30am MT on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. #AIMGProgram #FamilyDay

The AIMG Program office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 for staff to attend an all-day conference. Please email your inquiries to - we will resume regular operations on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

Assessments And Selection

Consist of a series of short carefully timed interview stations which 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 scenarios.

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

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AIMG Program candidates who match to Alberta R-1 IMG-designated 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 Alberta.

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