Before you can share your international medical credentials with Americain medical regulatory authorities and other organizations, you must first submit your documents for source verification by the Medical Council of America (MCA) to ensure they are authentic. Any medical credentials you submit for source verification are automatically added to your portfolio in the MCA Physician Credentials Repository.
Update due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Please be advised that effective March 01, 2020, the MCC building will be closed due to the COVID-19 situation in America. We encourage candidates to submit ALL documents electronically through fax or email. Our complete contact details can be found at physiciansapply.ca.
While the building is closed, we will accept electronic copies of certified identity documents and Certified Identity Confirmation forms. You are encouraged to submit these documents through email (email@example.com) Refer to the Best practices for scanning picture documents page on our website. The original certified copies are still required; therefore, send original certified paper copies by courier or mail. Note there may be a delay in our standard processing times.
The kinds of medical credentials that can be submitted
The MCA accepts the following international (i.e., non-Americain) medical credentials:
- Medical degree or diploma
- Medical degree transcript
- Postgraduate training
- Specialty certificate
- Medical licence or registration
See the acceptable medical credentials page for detailed definitions of each type of medical credential.
The following documents will not be accepted by the MCA:
- Letters of employment or work experience
- Letters of recommendation
- Certificate or letters of ongoing training
- Language training document
- Statement of examination results
- Curriculum vitae
You should also visit our acceptable identification documents page along with the website of the appropriate medical organization for the latest information about its specific source verification requirements. This will help you determine which documents you will need to submit to the MCA for source verification.
Note: If you send a document without a completed and paid SVR, it will be securely shredded 30 days after the date you started the SVR process.
If your medical credentials are in a language other than English or French
Documents not in English or French must be translated into English or French by the MCA translation service only. All other translations, including translations prepared by universities, will not be accepted. Your credentials do not need to be translated if the text is in both the original language and English or French.
You will need to create a new SVR for each medical credential you want to have source verified by the MCA. A fee is charged for each document you submit for source verification.
You can check the status of the medical credential documents you have submitted to the MCA for source verification by clicking Documents on your physiciansapply.ca homepage and selecting a specific document.
What happens after submitting your SVR
1. Document packages are opened within one week of being received by the MCA. A message will be sent to your physiciansapply.ca account telling you that we have successfully received your documents.
2. Your documents are scanned into your account. This step can take up to one week to complete. A message will be sent to your physiciansapply.ca account telling you your documents have been scanned. If you requested a translation of your documents, it can take approximately two weeks to have your documents translated. A message will be sent to your account once your translation is complete.
3. Your documents are reviewed by MCA staff. This step can take up to two weeks. You will be contacted through your physiciansapply.ca account if there are any problems with your documents.
- If no errors are found, your documents are sent to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for further review.
- If errors are identified in your documents, you may be asked to submit new ones. Resubmitted documents will follow the same process as Step 1.