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Information for IMGs relating to application into the McMaster University Family Medicine program.

To enter into Postgraduate Medical Education at McMaster, it is recommended that you have your training assessed by the Touchstone Institute.  The Touchstone Institute offers assessments for direct entry to training for Family Medicine and other specialties.  Touchstone also offers written and clinical assessment for candidates applying for Practice Ready Assessment (PRA) training.

For further information, contact the Touchstone Institute directly:

Touchstone Institute
80 Bloor St West, Suite 902
Toronto ON  M5S 2V1

Phone:  (416) 924-8622
Fax:       (416) 924-8921


If you are a Landed Immigrant/Canadian citizen and are interested in applying for direct entry training (at a PGY1 level), or for information regarding application criteria, deadlines, programs offered, etc., please contact the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) directly:


171 Nepean Street, Suite 300
Ottawa ON  K2P 0B4

Phone:   (613) 237-0075


Looking for an Observership?

Unfortunately we are unable to set up observerships.  The best way for you to go about setting up an observership on your own is to approach a family physician whom you know and see if s/he is able to help you.

For additional tips and resources, please be sure to visit HealthForceOntario.

All parties involved in an observership should follow these guidelines/policies:

Bridging Program

Clinical Communication Skills and Ethics for Doctors

Clinical Communication Skills and Ethics for Doctors Claim up to 36 Mainpro-M2 credit

If you are interested in practicing in Ontario and require counselling, there are services available for IMGs at the HealthForceOntario Access Centre:

Healthforce Ontario Access Centre

163 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor

Toronto ON  M5A 1S1

Phone:   (416) 862-2200 Ext. 1

Toll free: 1-800-596-4046

If you would like information regarding Financial Planning:

MD Management Limited
1 King Street West, Suite 1200

Hamilton, ON  L8P 1A4

Phone:  (905) 526-8999
Fax:       (905) 526-1198


If you would like information on preparation for the OSCE Exam:

The Ontario IMG School
6021 Yonge Street, Suite 240
Toronto ON  M2M 3W2

Phone: (416) 788-0464


Exchanging an out-of-country driver’s licence

For information on how to exchange your out-of-country driver's licence, click here.