Fellowships not paid for by RAMQ (outside Quebec)
Physicians having done their pre-MD or postgraduate (residency) training in medicine in Quebec who do not obtain a fellowship position paid by RAMQ may not perform a fellowship in Quebec, even if they could receive a bursary or have the funds necessary to pay for their training. This rule stems from a government decree which stipulates that doctors having completed their pre-MD and/or postgraduate training in Quebec cannot obtain a clinical fellow card, which is mandatory for registration in a fellowship.
These doctors will therefore have to perform their fellowships in another province, the United States, or elsewhere. Note that the number of fellowships paid by the Ministry of Health and Social Services is not necessarily equal to the number of positions in university settings granted that year. It is therefore possible that, although you have obtained a position in an establishment’s PEM, you might have to perform your fellowship outside Quebec.
Some personal accounts
Fellowships available for terminating Quebec residents are limited, both in number and by specialty. For the past few years, medical residents wishing to undergo further training in certain leading-edge sectors after residency have chosen to perform fellowships outside Quebec. In this section, we present tips and comments from a few of your colleagues who have performed or are about to perform fellowships elsewhere in Canada, in the USA, in Europe, and in New Zealand. The additional training chosen by these doctors is intended to open the way to a position in a university or non-university setting, depending on the requirements of the setting.
Detailed, more general information on additional training/fellowships outside Quebec is provided in the PEMs in SP section of the site.
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