About the Program

The Alberta International Medical Graduate (AIMG) Program identifies, through comprehensive assessment, qualified applicants who are eligible to compete for defined residency positions. The AIMG Program advances this mission through assessment, evaluation, research and support.

The AIMG Program is a provincial program that was created in 2001 and uses a competitive and merit based assessment protocol.  The Program helps to identify International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who reside in the province and have the clinical skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to enter an Alberta postgraduate medical residency program.

Applicants are required to provide proof of Alberta residency in addition to their medical degree, and participate in a number of national and provincial assessments.

Successful applicants have the opportunity to apply to a defined number of 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.

Program Governance

The AIMG Provincial Steering Committee provides direction to the AIMG Program and is accountable to the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Health for the effective governance and management of the AIMG Program.

Members of the AIMG Program Steering Committee are nominated by their representative organizations, including:

  • Alberta Health
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Office, The University of Alberta
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Office, The University of Calgary
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
  • Alberta International Medical Graduate Association

Historical Placements – 2001 to 2017

Average number of placements per year 35.4

Family Medicine - 300 placements

Internal Medicine - 127 placements

Other Disciplines - 175 placements