Ontario to Introduce a New Program for Evaluating Foreign-Trained Physicians

Ontario is set to launch the second phase of its assessment program targeting internationally-trained family doctors and general practitioners in early January next year.

Practice Ready Ontario (PRO) has simplified the pathway for foreign-trained physicians to practice in Ontario, having accepted applications from June 21 to July 19 this year. Results were released in the second week of August. Those who missed the initial intake or did not receive a positive outcome can now apply for the second intake, provided they meet the specified requirements.

The program entails a 12-week clinical field assessment in an assigned Ontario community to evaluate applicants' readiness for independent practice.