Exchange Conditions of CFMS

Working Conditions
Languages Remarks
The language requirements vary by LC, please review the requirements below and include a document on your AF that meets the requirements for your #1 and #2 LCs :
Thunder Bay (NOSM) - English speaking school, TOEFL or IELTS.
All other LCs - Proof of English language fluency in the form of a school certificate or formal testing equivalent to IELTS of minimum 7.0 overall with 6.5 for each component or CEFRL B2  unless the student is from an english speaking country.
Please consult the language requirements for all LCs on your application and include proof of language requirements or a note about your plan to meet these requirements in your AF (ex. IELTS booking receipt or a note explaining why the student is exempt).

Test results must be submitted at the latest 6 months prior to the exchange start date. 
These requirements are subject to change. Please see each respective university page on under ‘IFMSA/CFMS’ for up to date information about language requirements. Applications without the appropriate language documents will be returned.
The student should be familiar with English medical terminology. The Local Committee has the right to cancel the exchange at any moment if they judge that the student is unable to communicate effectively in English. 
Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies
Students must be in their final years of clinical study.
Graduated students allowed

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
What to Bring
- White1 coat
- Stethoscope
- Reflex Hammer
Academic Quality
Students are working with Canadian clerkship students and placements are of a rigorous quality academically. This is not an observership, be prepared to round, suggest orders, and do minor procedural skills on your own patients. You will of course be working under the residents and staff physicans. 
Special Remarks
Vary depending on hospital and department. Usually 6-10 hours per day, Monday to Friday, for the full 4 weeks. Some departments may require students to do shift work (night and day shifts), with sufficient time off to rest. Specific information relating to working conditions is usually sent directly to students by the respective departments prior to arrival. Students are mandated to familiarize themselves with the material provided by departments and comply to any additional instructions prior to their arrival. Preceptors will expect that you are a competent senior medical student and once they are comfortable with your skill set, they WILL put you to work. If there is something you are not comfortable in doing, let them know. If you are participating in an observership only, you MUST inform your preceptor at the beginning of your rotation.

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Cities Remarks
LCs Available: Contracts with your NMO may have been signed for specific criteria. Inquire with your NEO to clarify which city you are eligible for before selecting any city in your application form. There is a tier system in Canada. You may only choose certain cities a limited number of times in your application form. The reason for the tier system is that some cities have limited spots, while other cities have many more. It is not a reflection of the quality of the medical education nor social program. The level of medical education at our universities and hospitals are equal. As well, each city provides unique cultures and events that may not be found in other cities. Please review the availability and language criteria for each city. 

Travel: Please note, Canada is vast. Transportation across the country takes over a week by train (and is extremely expensive). Therefore, we strongly encourage students to fly into the City they are working in. For Ontario programs (London, Kingston, Hamilton, North Bay, Ottawa), we suggest flying into Toronto, and traveling by plane, bus, or train to the city. It can take several hours to get from Toronto to these cities by bus, please plan accordingly.

  • You may only choose a Tier 1 location once:
  • You may only choose a Tier 2 location once:
  • There is no limit with Tier 3 locations:
    St. John's
    Sudbury/Thunder Bay (Northern Ontario)
Calendar Remarks
Start Date: Please list your exact desired start date which mut be a Monday. Most electives start on the first Monday of the month unless it falls on a statutory holiday. All 4 weeks must be within one month; exceptions can rarely be accommodated.

Students cannot be hosted anytime over the winter holidays from mid December to mid January.


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Disciplines Remarks
Pease select 4 different departments in your application form.

Disciplines available to IFMSA students at each school can be found by browsing the Electives Opportunities Database under the IFMSA/CFMS tab at each school. 
Pocket money
100 CAD
- Pocket Money
- Host family
- Student flat
Social Program
Varies with LC.

As Canada is a smaller NMO from a capacity perspective you will often be the only student in an LC at a given time. Social program is funded by the CFMS and organized by the LEOs but will generally be more individualized than what you might see with many other NMOs.

Note that if there is something you are interested in doing or seeing in the city you are placed in ask your LEOs!
Student with disabilities
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
Please share any requests with your LEOs, the team will try to accomodate. Please email your LEO and inquire at the time your CA is received. 

Application Form
Unilateral fee
700 CAD
Payment details for unilateral fee
Payment details provided on a case by case basis from the NEO Incoming.
Visa requirements
1. Determine if you need a visa to enter Canada (Temporary Resident Visa Eligibility). Please note that regulations are subject to change and it is your responsibility to ensure you prepare the appropriate documentation to enter Canada.
  • If you do not require a visa : Apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

  • If you require a Temporary Resident Visa: Incoming SCOPE students who require a visa to enter Canada must apply for a work permit exempt visa. Ask your nearest Canadian embassy or visa office for a "work permit-exempt visa as per Ci6zenship and Immigra6on Canada's Regula6on R186(p)". You should indicate that the general purpose of your visa is entry as a visitor.

2. Please review the Immigration Mobility Program - Healthcare students.
3. All students must book and complete an Immigration Medical Exam (Immigration Canada & Requirements for Healthcare Students)
4. Bring paper copies of the results of the Immigration Medical Exam with you upon entering Canada and provide them to customs officers.

Fulfillment of visa requirements is solely the responsibility of incoming students. We will provide any necessary letters and supporting documents to accompany visa applications. 

Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks
Please be warned that an exchange to Canada can be expensive and challenging to set up (estimated cost between $500 - $1500 CAD, flights NOT included).

Two of the largest expenses are the malpractice insurance (which can range from $200-$750 CAD) and the immigration medical exam.

Setting up an exchange also requires a great deal of paperwork and immunizations - this is true for Canadian medical students setting up electives in the country, and it is also true for incoming IFMSA students. The quality of the educational experience is excellent but please be aware the process will require a lot of work, time and money.

Please make sure the student lists an email address that they are reachable at. If a student is not responsive to inquires from CFMS, their exchange may be cancelled or the sending NEO may be asked to select a different student.
Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Photo(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Vaccination Card(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
Special documents
- Health Insurance
- Email
- Student record (Subjects passed)
- Email
- Immunisation Form
- Card of Document
Upon Arrival documents
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements
The AFMC Immunization Form is required for majority of clinical placements in Canada. Please submit this form only for your immunizations form. It must be completed by a healthcare professional. 

The form can be found here :

Malpractice insurance 
You must obtain malpractice insurance for the duration of your exchange. This can be purchased from the hosting university or a private insurance company recommended by the CFMS (cost ranges from $200-$750 CAD). Some universities may accept preexisting malpractice insurance. Please inform the NEO-incoming if you are insured through your home school.

Health insurance
Comprehensive health insurance is required for the duration of your exchange. There are no specific requirements, but the insurance should cover health care related expenses should you need medical care in Canada. 

Travel insurance
Travel insurance is strongly recommendedd but NOT required. We suggest ensuring your travel insurance covers your transportation to Canada as flights are very expensive.

7 Weeks

Special remarks
Year of studies:
Students must be in their last of studies (but have not yet graduated). 

Documents Required:

The Application Form (AF) and Card of Documents (CoD) MUST be submitted at least 7 months in advance. SEND EARLIER IF YOU CAN - DO NOT WAIT. 

Student ID: This can be any document with a student number from the home university, for example a proof of enrolment, a transcript or even a note from the student are perfectly acceptable as long as there is a student number.

The NEO-incoming will then contact you for a Skype interview to evaluate your level of English proficiency, after which your application will be forwarded to a specific university. The LEOs will then send you a placement email informing you of the ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS for that specific university. You will have 1-2 months to gather all necessary additional documents. Frequently required steps/documents include:

- Registration on the AFMC Student Portal ( and submission of an online application to the hosting university
- Hosting university's clinical elective application form
- Hosting university's specific immunization form (including, but not limited to: 2 step TB skin test, Hepatitis B vaccination and serolgy, MMR, tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, varicella, etc)
- English certificate from own NMO, or proof of TOEFL/IELTS score (Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Northern Ontario)
- Proof of health and travel insurance coverage
- Payment for the university-specific malpractice insurance ($200-$750 CAD)
- Payment of registration fees for the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons (up to $250 CAD)
- Criminal record and vulnerable sector check
- N95 mask fitting prior to the start of the exchange 

Please note that the above is not a comprehensive list of required documents, which can vary between universities. Your LEOs will provide you the neccessary instructions and documents. All application documents must be submitted in English or a translation must be provided. 

DO NOT buy your any tickets or airfare at this point! Your elective is only confirmed when you have received university acceptance and permission to enter the country (Visa or electronic travel authorization + immigration medical exam). 


Card of Acceptance
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Card of Confirmation
4 Weeks
Special remarks
Please submit your Card of Confirmation at least 4 weeks before your arrival so that your LEOs can make the necessary arrangements.
5 Weeks
Special remarks
If less than 5 months notice of cancellation received we may consider the AF used.
Special remarks
We do not accept substitutions.
Additional Information
Update Date
07/05/2020 16:40
Validation Date
06/05/2020 00:00
Special remarks
COVID - Exchanges are operated through the AFMC portal. Therefore, a decision made by this committee to cancel learning opportunities must be abided by CFMS-Canada. As seen for the Summer of 2020, exchanges may need to be canceled if deemed unsafe by the AFMC. We will of course notify effectived students as soon as possible.