NATIONAL LICENSURE

RDoC is advocating for a national licensure, which would allow physicians to provide care across provinces and territories. This would ensure standardization, increased physician mobility, and improved response to patient-care needs in various geographical regions.

Background
The application process for medical licensure requires physicians to submit separate applications to each of the thirteen Provincial/Territorial medical regulatory authorities that license physicians.

This limits physicians from providing services in multiple jurisdictions without going through a separate licensure process for each province/territory. This poses a challenge to residents and staff physicians who strive to deliver care to patients easily and flexibly. Practicing outside of their own province or territory would allow residents to expand their practice to include underserved, rural, and remote communities.

Collaborative Statement Endorsed
RDoC’s Collaborative Statement on Canadian Portable Locum Licensure has received the formal endorsement of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Royal College, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC). We look forward to building on this statement to incorporate our position on full national licensure in the near future.

Please Provide Feedback
To further advance our advocacy on this important issue, we would love to hear from you, our resident members, on the impact of the current provincial/territorial licensing system. Please send us an email at practice@residentdoctors.ca.