International medical graduates must jump through a few hoops to work in Canada as doctors. Rupert Major walks us through the process
Canada is the third largest country in the world and has an average population density of just three people per square kilometre (compared with 243 and 31 for the United Kingdom and the United States).1 Despite this it offers a spectrum of highly urbanised areas with world class universities through to some of the most sparsely populated areas in the world. Canada therefore has excellent opportunities for a medical career whether it be in cutting edge research at a world renowned institution or wilderness medicine, without another doctor for hundreds of miles.
Eighty per cent of Canada's 30,000,000 population is urbanised2 and more than 10% of its gross domestic product is spent on health care,3 ranking it one of the top 10 countries worldwide. Beyond medicine, Canadian cities regularly feature in polls of best cities in the world in which to live, with Vancouver usually in the top three and