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Trainees out of province - Canadian

The following procedure must be followed to ensure registration in your elective:  

IMPORTANT: In order to pursue any Postgraduate training in Ontario, you must hold a valid license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).  It is your responsibility to contact the CPSO for a license application package, as well as to ensure that all licensing requirements are met prior to the elective period.  The license application should be submitted to the CPSO at least two months prior to the elective start date.  You will not be able to commence your rotation without a valid CPSO license. Please visit the CPSO website for application packages. The Inquiries Department at CPSO can be reached at 416.967.2617 or

  1. The applicant must first contact the program to formally request the elective and include the proposed start and end date of the rotation. For program contact information please see our Residency Training Program contact info.
  2. The applicant must then send the following documentation to Tara Coletti in the Postgraduate Medical Education office;

    • a request letter that includes your anticipated start and end date, date of birth, and home university student number
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • a copy of your Medical Degree (a photo is acceptable)
    • proof of CMPA coverage for Ontario (obtain Membership update by logging in to CMPA)
    • CPSO number if you have previously been licensed in Ontario
    • a letter of support from the Program Director of your home university.  The letter of support should be addressed to Dr. Chris Watling, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, MSB M103, London, Ontario, N6A 5C1.
  3. The elective application is then reviewed, and if the program has approved the elective, a Letter of Appointment is prepared and emailed to the applicant.
  4. The letter must be signed and returned to the PGME office. Once returned, the PGME office will forward the signed letter of appointment to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).
  5. The elective applicant will receive an emailed hospital application package from Medical Affairs that includes training modules to complete, a hospital appointment letter to sign and return, and a health review form to be completed. Please click here for more information on Medical Affairs requirements. Elective training cannot begin until Medical Affairs has confirmed that all requirements have been met.
  6. Once the signed letter of appointment has been sent to the CPSO, the PGME office will monitor for the issuance of the Postgraduate elective license by the CSPO. An email will then be sent to the Program Director, Medical Affairs, and the applicant, notifying them that the CPSO license has been issued, and all PGME requirements have been met.
  7. Medical Affairs will follow the confirmation of elective email with a confirmation of whether all requirements have been met and hospital privileges are in effect.
    • Please note that the applicant must hold a valid educational license issued through the CPSO before elective training can begin.