The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is pleased to share another significant step it has taken to address the physician shortage in Ontario. This morning, CPSO’s Executive Committee of Council approved amendments to our registration policies that will remove barriers making it easier for physicians trained outside of Canada to practice in Ontario.
CPSO Council removed supervision and assessment requirements for physicians who are trained and Board Certified in the U.S., allowing them to begin independent practise in Ontario immediately. The changes were possible due to the similarities in training programs between the U.S. and Canada, and the historical experience with existing assessment process. CPSO is also introducing a new pathway for U.S. physicians who completed their residency training within the last five years and are eligible for their board examinations. Physicians in these circumstances can come to Ontario and practise under supervision while they complete their U.S. Board Exams.
“We have been working diligently since the start of the pandemic to identify opportunities and leverage every mechanism available to us within the constructs of the current legislation,” said CEO and Registrar Dr. Nancy Whitmore. “We will continue to find innovative ways to reduce barriers to practice while ensuring all Ontario physicians are providing high quality care.”
CPSO also approved changes to make it easier for family physicians from Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States to practice in Ontario. The changes remove supervision and assessment requirements for physicians who obtain certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) without further examination allowing these physicians to immediately start independent practice.
These changes are the result of CPSO’s continued efforts to streamline its registration policies in order to improve access for qualified, internationally-educated physicians who can immediately begin providing quality care to patients in Ontario.