Organizations and Regulatory Bodies

Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS): A national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization established in 1969 at the request of medical students seeking an independent entity to provide a fair and transparent application and matching service for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC): National organization providing certification in family medicine.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC): Provincial regulatory body that licenses physicians in British Columbia and reviews candidate qualifications.

Divisions of Family Practice: Community-based groups of family physicians working together to achieve common health care goals.

Doctors of BC: Voluntary association of physicians, medical residents, and medical students in BC.

International Medical Graduate (IMG) Office: Postgraduate Medical Education, University of British Columbia (UBC).


Locums for Rural BC: Administers the Rural GP Locum Program (RGPLP), the Rural GP Anesthesia Locum Program (RGPALP), and the Rural Specialist Locum Program (RSLP) on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC.

Medical Council of Canada (MCC): National organization responsible for establishing and promoting qualification in medicine.

Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP): Insures medically required services provided by physicians in BC.

MCC Physician Credentials Repository: Centralized electronic repository of a physician's core medical credentials.

Practice In BC: The Practice in BC interactive guide outlines the key steps to be eligible to practice as a general practitioner (GP) in British Columbia, Canada.  If you are an undergraduate student, medical student, a Canadian medical graduate, an international medical graduate, or a Canadian studying abroad Practice in BC is your guide. 

Practice Ready Assessment - British Columbia (PRA-BC): A program for internationally educated physicians who have completed residences in Family Medicine outside of Canada.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: National organization providing certification in all specialties.

Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc): Rural health education, network facilitation, interprofessional training and practice.

Rural Practice Programs in BC: List of programs that support rural medicine in British Columbia.