Family Physician Training
Medical Licensure Program for International Medical Graduates (MLPIMG)

What is the MLPIMG?

  • It is a 1-year training program for family physicians
  • It is provided to enhance the current skills of IMG physicians
  • MLPIMG physicians will work in rural and underserviced areas of Manitoba for return of service
  • MLPIMG physicians will work to obtain medical licensure as family physician.  College of Physicians and Surgeons

What training is provided in the MLPIMG?

  • IMG training follows a PGY1 program structure
  • There are 13 four-week postgraduate medical education rotations (PGME) in:
    1. Emergency medicine – 2 rotations (4 weeks urban and 4 weeks rural)
    2. Family medicine  – 3 rotations (12 weeks - urban and rural)
    3. Gynecology – 1 rotation (4 weeks)
    4. Obstetrics – 1 rotation (4 weeks)
    5. Internal medicine – 2 rotations (8 weeks)
    6. Pediatrics (outpatient) – 1 rotation (4 weeks)
    7. Pediatrics (ward) – 1 rotation (4 weeks)
    8. Psychiatry – 1 rotation (4 weeks)
    9. Vacation – 1 rotation (4 weeks)
  • IMG Physicians are evaluated at the mid-point and end of each rotation
    1. Failure of any 1 rotation results in remediation
    2. Failure of any 2 rotations will result in dismissal from the MLPIMG

If I apply, will I be admitted to the MLPIMG?

  • Your application does not guarantee admission
  • MLPIMG is a competitive program
  • See Program history and statistics for acceptance rate

How do I apply to the MLPIMG?

  • Check to see if you meet the requirements of the program (see Eligibility)
  • Downloadable applications packages for MLPIMG are available
  • The application and selection process is the same for all applicants—there are no exceptions
  • The application process involves 2 main steps:
    • Application
    • Interview
  • Top ranked candidates at each step advance to the next step in a reverse pyramid manner
    • Proceeding to one step does not guarantee movement to the next step 
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all documents are submitted/verified
    • The program is not responsible for missing documents or incomplete packages

Details of each step of the application process:

  • Application
    • Fill in the MLPIMG Application (Application Packages)
    • Meet the deadlines
    • Have all the exams and tests that you have completed included with the application or sent separately, ensuring that they will arrive on time:
      • English proficiency exam
      • MCCEE, MCCQE1 and NAC OSCE (required) and MCCQE2 (optional)
      • Immigration status
      • Reference letters
    • Applicant requirements are outlined under Eligibility
    • Applications are reviewed and ranked    
    • Highest ranked applicants are invited for interview
    • Not all applicants will be interviewed
  • Evidence of Preregistration - Physician Training.
    • Must be received by Physicians Apply for source verification by the MLPIMG application due date
    • Must be approved by CPSM by published due date
    • This process can take time – send your documentation early
    • It is candidate’s responsibility to ensure these deadlines are met
  • Interview
    • Personal interview
    • Not a knowledge based interview
    • Lasts 30 minutes
    • Two or more interviewers independently rate candidates’ answers
    • Structured questions are the same for all applicants
    • Applicants are responsible for their transportation to the interviews
  • Sponsorship
    • Highest ranking applicants will be invited to a sponsorship interview with representatives of Manitoba Healthcare Providers and Regional Health Authorities (RHAs)
    • Successful candidates will be required to complete a return of service in Manitoba (current duration 4 years)
    • Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept sponsorship by a RHA will be accepted in the MLPIMG Program

Getting ready for the MLPIMG training

  • You will be interacting with multiple departments and agencies (Important Organizations)
  • Obtain educational registration with CPSM
  • Training
  • Orientation
    • Mandatory
    • 4-week structured orientation for all IMG’s (Orientation)
    • Conducted in Winnipeg
    • Prepares candidates for the Canadian Health Care System
    • Stipend during this period is provided by the Sponsoring RHA and is based on attendance
Successful candidates will:

  • Work for their sponsoring RHA employer for return of service
  • Be eligible to apply for conditional registration with CPSM
  • Mentorship - International Medical Graduate Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement (IMGMCE)
    • Physicians are assigned a mentor for a 1 year term
    • Must complete reports
  • Assigned a practice supervisor for the duration of their conditional licensure
  • Undergo mandatory audits
  • Have 5 years to obtain Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)    
  • Have 7 years to obtain Certificate of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)

Last Updated June 2016