2022 Cycle: Details regarding Eligibility & Supporting Documents are in process. Important Dates & Deadlines have been posted here.

Eligibility and Supporting Document Requirements

2022 Cycle


The following is the list of eligibility and supporting document requirements for all applicants to the Alberta International Medical Graduate (AIMG) Program. 

To complete the 2022 Cycle application, all of the below is required:

  • Submission of the online AIMG Program application,
  • Submission of the supporting documents via upload, and
  • Sharing of profile and documents through physiciansapply.ca

Supporting documentation is comprised of documents which substantiate the information provided by the applicant on the AIMG Program online application form.


NOTE: Meeting the AIMG Program eligibility requirements listed here, in addition to completing a 2022 Cycle MMI will allow candidates to participate in the 2022 CaRMS match for IMG-designated residency positions in Alberta. Residency programs may ask for additional criteria over and above the AIMG Program eligibility requirements, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure these have been met.

Applicants should confirm that they meet the intake criteria for Alberta IMG-designated positions through CaRMS before initiating an AIMG Program application.

Please be familiar with the Application Process and “The Fine Print” (Terms and Conditions, Rules of Conduct, Document Notarization, and Application Fee) along with these Eligibility and Supporting Document Requirements before preparing an application.

Administrative Exceptions: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their supporting documentation substantiates the information provided on their AIMG Program online application form. Any exceptions to the supporting document requirements described for each eligibility requirement as well as any inconsistencies within the applicants' supporting documents must be identified and addressed through the online survey provided on the Administrative Exceptions webpage which is available from May 03 - 28, 2021. There is no need to request an administrative exception prior to application for the 2022 Cycle. 

Applicant Identity Verification

All AIMG Program applicants must have their identity verified. The applicant's identification is further verified throughout the application process. 

Applicant Identity Verification form can be found here.

Additional documentation is required if a Legal Change of Name and/or Name Variations appear within an applicant’s supporting documentation.

2022 Cycle applicant identity verified using a combination of physiciansapply.ca and applicant provided supporting documents via upload. No physical documentation will be considered for the 2022 Cycle. 

If an applicants' surname or given name(s) differs from what is within their supporting documentation to what is on their online application form, and the name is a legal name change, a copy of ONE of the following must be provided in the supporting documents upload or shared through physiciansapply.ca:

  • marriage certificate and a certified English translation (if applicable)
  • “Change of Name” order issued by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction

NOTE: It is recommended to share these documents through physiciansapply.ca as they may also be required for your CaRMS application.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist 

If an applicant’s surname or given name(s) are different within their supporting documentation than on their online application form, and the differences are not the result of a legal name change, the applicant must provide:

  •  A letter explaining the name inconsistencies in their supporting documents upload.


If an applicants' signature differs within their supporting documentation, the applicant must provide:

  •  A letter explaining the signature inconsistencies in their supporting documents upload.

The AIMG Program reserves the right to request further documentation. A sample name or signature variations letter can be found on the Forms page.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Medical Education

All applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • have an undergraduate medical degree (e.g., MD, MBBS, or MCChB) in allopathic medicine from a medical school not accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), generally those outside of Canada and the United States. The medical school must be listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and be recognized in Canada.
  • be in the final year of undergraduate study at a medical school outside of Canada and the United States which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and is recognized in Canada. Applicants in the final year of medical school must have their degree conferred by December 31, 2021.
  • be in the final year of undergraduate study at an accredited Osteopathy school in the United States. Applicants in the final year of medical school must have their degree conferred by December 31, 2021.
  • be a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) of an accredited Osteopathy school in the United States.

To check whether a medical school is recognized in Canada, locate the school in the World Directory of Medical Schools, and click on the Sponsor Notes tab. A note for “Canada” indicates that the medical school is recognized in Canada. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the diploma-granting medical school meets the requirements stated above.

Applicant must provide proof of completion of their medical degree by:

  • sharing access of their medical degree within physiciansapply.ca with the AIMG Program. The status of the document must be at least “Reviewed and Accepted” at the time of application.

NOTE: degree must have a status of “Verification Returned: PASSED” by June 04, 2021.

Access to this document must be shared with the AIMG Program by 3:30 PM MT June 04, 2021 or the application will be deemed incomplete.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist 

Applicants whose degree will be conferred in 2021 must submit:

  • A letter from their Dean on official stationery, confirming that their degree is expected to be conferred by December 31 2021 in their supporting documents upload. 

NOTE: The official degree must be housed within physiciansapply.ca, access shared with the AIMG Program and the source verification process started (status “Reviewed and Accepted”) by January 15, 2022.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Status in Canada

All applicants to the 2022 Cycle of the AIMG Program must be either a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Status achieved no later than December 01 2020.

Upload a copy of ONE of the following:

  • your Canadian Passport – must be valid and not expired as of June 04, 2021
  • your Canadian Citizenship Certificate (front AND back)
  • your Canadian Citizenship Card (front AND back).

Please be advised that the Citizenship Letter of Congratulations will not be accepted.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Upload a copy of:

  • Your Permanent Resident Card (front AND back) – must be valid and not expired as of June 04, 2021 and the ‘PR Since Date’ must be no later than December 01 2020.
  • If your Permanent Resident (PR) Card has expired, it is not a valid document and proof of renewal will be required. Copies of renewed PR cards will be accepted until September 30, 2021 and an explanation letter must be included with your documents. If your PR card is about to expire, it is the applicant's responsibility to renew, ensuring validity throughout the 2022 Cycle timeline. 

NOTE: Applicant's who are awaiting receipt of their Permanent Resident Card may upload a copy of their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) – which must be valid (not expired) as of June 04, 2021 and must be in legible condition. The ‘Became P.R. on’ date must be no later than December 01 2020.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Residence in Alberta

Applicants to the 2022 Cycle of the AIMG Program must substantiate that they are an Albertan by ONE of the following methods:

OPTION A.   Full-time attendance at an accredited Alberta senior high school for 2 or more years, at least two semesters per academic year.

OPTION B.   Physical presence (in-person attendance) at an accredited postsecondary institution in Alberta, in a full-time program for 2 or more years, totaling a minimum of 8 months per academic year.

OPTION C.   Physical presence and continuously living on a day-to-day basis in the province of Alberta for 24 weeks beginning December 01 2020 through to May 18 2021. Applicants using this criteria must be an Albertan: having valid Alberta government issued identification, maintaining identification from no other Canadian province or territory and whose current health care benefits are funded by Alberta Health.

NOTE: Option C may be used by prospective applicants who have met all requirements to graduate from medical school by November 30, 2020. This allows for those who are waiting to confer to be physically present and living on a day-to-day basis in Alberta. These applicants must upload the required supporting documents below indicating residence in Alberta AND provide a letter from the Dean of their medical school on official stationery, confirming that, by November 30, 2020, they have met all requirements needed to confer. 

Prospective applicants whose degrees have not been conferred by December 31 2020 and who do not meet the Alberta residency requirement by way of option A or B are not eligible to apply for the 2022 Cycle.

  • Copy of official Alberta Senior High School Transcript in the revised format, implemented since 2015. This revised format transcript can be requested online at mypass.alberta.ca. 

Transcript must prove at least two semesters per academic year of full-time study.

The AIMG Program may require additional proofs for location and modality of instruction. 

Documents not accepted:

  • A "Detailed Academic Report"
  • Report Cards
  • Transcripts older than the revised format changed in 2015. 


See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

  • Copy of official transcript from an accredited postsecondary institution in Alberta
AND

Both the transcript and letter must substantiate a minimum, 8 months per academic year of full-time study for 2 or more years.

If the program was delivered through distance education, additional documentation may be required.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

There are four (4) parts to this proof:

 

1.   Residence in Alberta Statutory Declaration

Form to be completed and notarized between May 03 2021 – June 04 2021. ALL fields must be completed. This form will be available on the Forms page on May 03 2021.

NOTE: Applicants must have current and valid permanent resident status or citizenship in Canada prior to establishing residency in the province of Alberta.
 

2.   One or More Official Letter(s) Of:

  • Employment: Original signed Letter(s) of employment as per the sample employment letter. The letter(s) must include all required information. Date of hire must be on or before December 01 2020. Offers of employment will not be accepted. Carefully review the employment letter guidelines
  • Education: Original signed letter(s) prepared by an accredited educational institution as per the sample education letter. The letter(s) must include all required information. Study start dates must have begun on or before December 01 2020. 
  • Community-Guarantor: Original signed letter(s) prepared by an eligible guarantor within a formal Alberta community activity-based organization. Guarantor must be a person with recognized authority who can attest to the applicant's participation in the organization's activities. The letter must include all required information as per the sample guarantor letter. Activity start date must be on or before December 01 2020. Carefully review the two options for guarantor here (Community Organization) and here (Community Individual) and the guidelines

NOTES:

  • Letters must indicate specific activity for each month. 
  • More than one letter will be required if one letter does not cover the full residence in Alberta period required by the AIMG Program. All letters must be dated between May 03 2021 - June 04 2021. All letters are subject to source verification. 

3.   Alberta Operator’s Licence OR Alberta Photo Identification Card (Non-Operator’s) 

  • Copy of applicant's valid and current Alberta Operator’s Licence.
  • Copy of Alberta photo identification card (non-operator’s).
Card must show your current address as per Service Alberta - Update Driving documents.

NOTE: Interim licences or interim ID cards will NOT be accepted.
 

4.   Alberta Personal Health Card

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid and active Alberta Personal Health Card. Applicant must be currently eligible for Alberta Health Care Insurance coverage.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must provide evidence of their English Language Proficiency (ELP); this must remain valid up to and including May of the match year. 

All applicants to the 2022 Cycle must provide valid and current evidence of English language proficiency by way of ONE of the following options:

OPTION A.   IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) exam test report form dated no earlier than May 01 2020 (result must be valid and current for 2022 Externship) AND minimum scores of 7.0 in each of the components on a single test.

NOTES:

  • Applicants have until July 30 2021 to submit their IELTS Academic test report form. There are no extensions or exceptions to this deadline. Enquiry on Results (EoR) will not be accepted after this deadline. 
  • The AIMG Program does not accept or process results sent directly from the testing centre; therefore do not submit results in this manner. 
  • The AIMG Program will not accept any physical copies of IELTS results. All IELTS results must be uploaded by July 30 2021.

OPTION B.   Exemption from English language proficiency testing as per the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).  Please refer to www.cpsa.ca/language-proficiency.

NOTES: 

  • Licence related exemptions are subject to CPSA approval. Previous CPSA licensure does not guarantee an exemption, please contact the CPSA for further information.
  • Previous CAP licensure obtained will not be recognized as prior licensure for AIMG Program application to the 2022 Cycle. 

  • Upload a copy of the applicant's current IELTS Academic Version Test Report Form (TRF) by July 30 2021. IELTS results will be source verified. Results do NOT need to be notarized. 
See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist
Details regarding the document required for this option are forthcoming. Please check back at a later date. 

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1

All applicants must have a passing grade on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE) Part 1. The last opportunity to take the exam and be eligible for the AIMG Program 2022 Cycle is July 2021.

Access to the following document must be shared with the AIMG Program through physiciansapply.ca by the online application closing date of May 31 2021 or the application will be deemed incomplete. Documents must remain shared until CaRMS Match Day.

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1 (MCCQE Part 1) Statement of Results

NOTES:

  • If results are not shared by the date stated above the application will be deemed incomplete. Documents must remain shared until CaRMS Match Day.
  • Applicants must have a PASS standing for the MCCQE Part 1 exam to be invited to participate in the AIMG Program MMI.
  • If the scheduled MCCQE Part 1 exam date has been delayed from the date noted on the online application, applicants are encouraged to notify the AIMG Program via email: aimg@ucalgary.ca
See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Applicants taking the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1 (MCCQE1) during the APril-June 2021 session must register through physiciansapply.ca. Once registered, the applicant will be issued a payment transaction receipt in PDF format in their "Account History". 

  • This receipt is your proof of registration for the MCCQE1 exam. Upload a copy and include it in your supporting documents upload by June 04 2021. 
  • MCCQE Part 1 Statement of Results showing a PASS standing must be shared with the AIMG Program via physiciansapply.ca within one week of receiving results and no later than August 13, 2021. 

NOTES:

  • If results are not shared by the date stated above the application will be deemed incomplete. Documents must remain shared until CaRMS Match Day.
  • Applicants must have a PASS standing for the MCCQE Part 1 exam to be invited to participate in the AIMG Program MMI.
  • If the scheduled MCCQE Part 1 exam date has been delayed from the date noted on the online application, applicants are encouraged to notify the AIMG Program via email: aimg@ucalgary.ca
See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Applicants taking the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1 (MCCQE Part 1) during the July 2021 session must register through physiciansapply.ca.  Once registered, the applicant will be issued a payment transaction receipt in PDF format in their “Account History”.

  • This receipt is your proof of registration for the MCCQE Part 1 exam. Upload a copy and include it in your supporting documents upload by June 04 2021.
  • MCCQE Part 1 Statement of Results showing a PASS standing must be shared with the AIMG Program through physiciansapply.ca by September 17 2021.

NOTES:

  • If results are not shared by the date stated above the application will be deemed incomplete. Documents must remain shared until CaRMS Match Day.
  • Applicants must have a PASS standing for the MCCQE Part 1 exam to be invited to participate in the AIMG Program MMI.
  • If the scheduled MCCQE Part 1 exam date has been delayed from the date noted on the online application, applicants are encouraged to notify the AIMG Program via email: aimg@ucalgary.ca
See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Medical Council of Canada NAC Exam

Applicants must have a PASS standing for the Medical Council of Canada National Assessment Collaboration exam to be eligible for the 2022 Cycle. The last possible date to take this exam for the current cycle is September 2021.

Access to this document must be shared with the AIMG Program through physiciansapply.ca by the online application closing date of May 31 2021 or the application will be deemed incomplete. Documents must remain shared until CaRMS Match Day.

  • Medical Council of Canada NAC Statement of Results
See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Applicants who do not have a PASS standing for the NAC exam must register through physiciansapply.ca. Once registered, the applicant will be issued a payment transaction receipt in PDF format in their “Account History”.

  • This receipt is your proof of registration for the September 2021 NAC exam. Upload a copy and include it in your supporting documents upload by June 04 2021.
  • Applicants must share access with the AIMG Program to the NAC Exam Statement of Results showing a PASS standing through physiciansapply.ca by November 05 2021. 

Applicants must have a PASS standing for the NAC exam when the AIMG Program submits the final CaRMS eligibility list in November 2021.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist

Applicants who have a PASS standing AND plan to re-take the NAC exam must share this document with the AIMG Program through physiciansapply.ca by the online application closing date of May 31 2021 or the application will be deemed incomplete.

  • current Medical Council of Canada NAC Statement of Results showing a PASS standing

In addition, the applicant must register to re-take the NAC exam through physiciansapply.ca. Once registered, the applicant will be issued a payment transaction receipt in PDF format in their “Account History”.

  • This receipt is your proof of registration for the September 2021 NAC exam. Upload a copy and include it in your supporting documents upload.
  • Applicants must share access with the AIMG Program to the NAC Exam Statement of Results showing a PASS standing through physiciansapply.ca by November 05 2021.

Applicants must have a PASS standing for the NAC exam when the AIMG Program submits the final CaRMS eligibility list in November 2021. Documents must remain shared until CaRMS Match Day.

See the 2022 Cycle Applicant Checklist