Physicians and Surgeons

A Physician or Surgeon (M.D.) is an individual issued a license allowing them to practice medicine. A physician may diagnose, prescribe, and administer treatment to individuals suffering from injury or disease.

Postgraduate Training Requirement

To meet the postgraduate training requirement, an applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of 36 months of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and/or The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) accredited postgraduate training (ACGME approved training must be completed in the United States or its territories, and RCPSC approved training must be completed in Canada) that includes at least four months of postgraduate training in general medicine. The three years of postgraduate training must consist of at least 24-continuous months of training within the same program.

An applicant who has completed at least 36 months of board-approved postgraduate training, not less than 24 months of which was completed as a resident after receiving a medical degree from a combined dental and medical degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or approved by the board, shall be eligible for licensure.

Verification of Postgraduate Training

A Certificate of Completion of ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC Postgraduate Training (Form PTA/B) is required to verify the completion of each accredited postgraduate training program (transitional, internship, residency, or fellowship program) prior to licensure. The completed Form PTA/B must be signed by the current program director and submitted directly from the program to the Board to be acceptable. A “yes” response to any of the questions on Form PTA requires a signed and dated letter of explanation from the current program director. Any letters of explanation must be provided on program letterhead, signed by the program director, and submitted directly to the Board to be acceptable.

If you provide an FCVS physician profile to the Board, the Verification of Postgraduate Medical Education will be reviewed by the Board on an individual basis to determine whether or not it is acceptable. If the form was not accepted, the Board will notify you and request Form PTA/B to be submitted.

If you are currently enrolled in an ACGME/RCPSC/CFPC accredited training program, you may be eligible for the reduced initial licensing fee. To verify your enrollment, you will need to submit a Current Postgraduate Training Verification form (Form CTV). The completed Form CTV must be signed by the current program director and submitted directly from the program to the Board to be acceptable.

Note: You are required to document all accredited postgraduate training (transitional, internship, residency, fellowship) on the application whether or not the program was completed or credit was granted.

Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS)

The Direct Online Certification Submission (DOCS) service is a secure, fast, and reliable online document delivery system that allows medical schools and postgraduate training programs to submit certain primary-source licensing documents to the Board. DOCS will accept verification forms, official transcripts, certified diplomas, letters of explanation, and more.