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Trainees enrolled in Ontario

The following procedure must be followed to ensure full processing of your elective:  

  1. The applicant must first contact the training program and formally request the elective of their choice, and indicate the proposed start and end dates 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 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
    • 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 Postgraduate Medical Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, MSB M103, Western University, London, Ontario, N6A 5C1.
    • documents can be sent to Tara Coletti in the PGME office via email to, or fax 519-850-2492.
  3. If the program has approved the elective, the elective application is reviewed and 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 forwards 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. Elective training cannot begin until Medical Affairs has confirmed that all requirements have been met. More information on Medical Affairs requirements can be found by clicking here.
  6. Once the signed letter of appointment has been sent to the CPSO, the PGME office will email the Program Director, Medical Affairs, and the applicant, notifying them that the elective has been approved and fully processed.
  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.