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Medic's Guide to Work and Electives Around the World - Electives, hospitals, medical schools, medicine, nursing, travel, work,  NGOs, voluntary work, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Mark Wilson
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Canada hospitals, electives, medical schools, NGOs, recruitment agencies, voluntary work, nursing, medical, health care, rural,  charity work, elective, hospital, missionary work, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, medics travel, the medics guide to work and electives around the world, mark wilson

Canada hospitals, electives, medical schools, NGOs, recruitment agencies, voluntary work, nursing, medical, health care, rural,  charity work, elective, hospital, missionary work, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, medics travel, the medics guide to work and electives around the world, mark wilsonPopulation: 29.5 million
Languages: English and French
Capital: Ottawa
Currency: Canadian dollar
Int Code: +1

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Professional Organisations:

Canadian Medical Association: Box 8650, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 0G8 Tel: 613 731 9331 Fax: 613 731 9013
Federation of Medical Licensing Associations of Canada, PO Box 8234, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H7 Tel: 613 738 0372 Fax: 613 738 8977
Medical Council of Canada: PO Box 8234, Station T, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H7 Tel: 613 521 6012 Fax: 613 521 9417 www.mcc.ca

Canadian Nurses Association: 50 The Driveway, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1E2 Tel: 613 237 2133 Fax: 613 237 3520 www.can-nurses.ca

Canadian Dental Association: 1815 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3Y6 Tel: 613 523 1770 Fax: 613 523 7736 www.cda-adc.ca
Royal College of Dentists: 365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1706, Toronto, Ontario Tel: 416 929 2722 Fax: 416 929 5924 www.rcdc.ca
National Dental Examining Board, 100 Bronson Avenue, Suite 203, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6G8 Tel: 613 236 5912 Fax: 613 236 8386

Canadian Physiotherapy Association: 2345 Yonge Street, Suite 410, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2E5 Tel: 416 932 1888 fax: 416 932 9708 www.physiotherapy.ca

Occupational Therapists:
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: Carleton Technology and Training Centre, Suite 3400, 1125 Colonel Bay Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5R1 Tel: 613 523 2268 fax: 613 523 2552 www.caot.ca

Canadian Pharmacists Association: 1785 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3Y6 Tel: 613 523 7877 Fax: 613 523 0445 www.cdnpharm.ca

Medical Specialities:

College of Family Physicians of Canada: 2630 Skymark Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5A4 www.cfpc.ca
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons: 774 promenade Echo Drove, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5N8 Tel: 613 730 8177 Fax: 613 730 8830 www.rcpsc.medical.org


For French speakers:
Association des médicins de langue française du Canada, 8355 boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, PQ H2P 2Z6, Canada Tel: 514 388 2228 www.amlfc.com 
Collège des Médecins www.cmq.org

There are 16 medical schools in Canada, they are listed under each region.

British Columbia


University of British Columbia, Address at Point Grey Campus: Faculty of Medicine, 317–2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z3 Tel: (604) 822 2421 Fax: (604) 822 6061 www.med.ubc.ca Address at Vancouver Hospital: Faculty of Medicine, Deans Office, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre 3250–910 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4E3 Tel: (604) 875 4500 Fax: (604) 875 5611.Founded in 1950, the faculty uses the on-site Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (with 240 acute beds, 300 extended care beds and 60 psychiatric beds), St Paul’s Hospital and Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC.

The University can arrange electives in any of the hospitals in British Columbia (write to the Clinical Clerkship Elective Programme at the Vancouver Hospital address); however, note that they recently placed restrictions on elective students visiting their main teaching hospitals (Vancouver Hospital – UBC Site and Oak Site, St Paul’s, BC’s Children’s Hospital, BC. Women’s and Sunnyhill). You can still apply, but they may not accept you to these teaching centres (some people have phoned directly to find a couple of spaces available. It’s worth a try). They will try to put you in a community hospital: Burnaby, Chilliwack General, Dawson Creek and District, Delta, Fort St John General, GR Baker Memorial, Greater Victoria, Kelowna General, Kimberley and District, Kitimat General, Kootenau Lake District, Maple Ridge, Matsqui-Suma-Abbotsford General, Mills Memorial, Nanaino Regional General, Peace Arch District, Penticton Regional, Powell River General, Prince George Regional, Prince Rupert Regional, Queen Charlotte Islands General, Queen Victoria, Richmond, Royal Inland, St Joseph’s General, St Mary’s, St Vincent’s, Surrey Memorial, Trail Regional, Vernon Jubilee, Victoria General, West Coast General, WCB Rehab Centre, United Church of Canada: Bella Coola General, RW Large Memorial, Wrinck Memorial Hospitals.

UBC charges around $250 (£110) elective fee, but that includes malpractice insurance. 

Vancouver General Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, 899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver V5Z 1M9 Tel: (604) 875 4111 www.vanhosp.bc.ca When it first opened in 1886, Vancouver hospital was a nine-bed tent used to treat injured railway workers. Now it is split over four sites: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and George Pearson Centre. Today this totals 1900 beds.

St Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6, Canada.
BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver BC, Canada Tel: (604) 875 2345 www.childhosp.bc.cs/Childrens/bcch.HTM
St Vincent’s Hospital, 744 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia U52 2K4, Canada.
BCWomen’s Hospital and Health Centre, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3N1, Canada
Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children, 3644 Slozan St Vancouver, BC V5M 3E8, Canada Tel: (604) 434 1331.

To do electives in these you should apply through UBC.

Kootenay Lake District Hospital, 3 View Street, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada V1L 2V1.
Dawsons Creek and District Hospital, 816–103rd Avenue, Dawsons Creek, BC VIG 2GI, Canada.
Kimberley and District Hospital, 260 Fourth Avenue, Kimberley, BC VIA 2R6, Canada.
Trail Regional Hospital, 1200 Hospital Bench Trail V1R 4M1, BC, Canada.
Vernon Jubilee Hospital, 31st Street, Vernon, BC, Canada Tel: 250 549 5225.
Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, Canada.
Chilliwack General Hospital, 45600 Menholm Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 5J4, Canada.
Surrey Memorial Hospital, 13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2, Canada.


Dept of Forensic Pathology, 1st Floor Laurel Pavillion, Vancouver Hospital Health Services CTR, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1M9, Canada.



University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, 3330 Hospital Drive, NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4N1 Tel: (403) 220 4262 www.ucalgary.ca The Medical Faculty was founded in 1970 and is situated in the Calgary Health Sciences Centre. They can arrange electives in Calgary’s hospitals. There’s a charge of around $200. 

Alberta Children’s Hospital, 1820 Richmond Road SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 5C7, Canada.
Calgary General Hospital, 841 Centre Ave East, Calgary, Alberta T2E 0A1, Canada.
Foothills Hospital, 1403–29 St NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9, Canada.

FORENSIC Medicine:
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 6070 Bowness Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 3R7, Canada.

University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine, 2J2.00 Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R7 Tel: +1 403 492 6350, Fax: +1 403 492 9531 www.med.ualberta.ca

Founded in 1913 the University campus has the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre on site. The University also uses the Royal Alexandra, Alberta, Glenrose, Edmonton General, Misericordia, Grey Nuns and Charles Camsell hospitals as well as the Cross Cancer Institute. It is not a common elective destination for students from the UK. Write to the school for elective opportunities in any of their hospitals.


University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, Health Sciences Building, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5E5
Tel: (306) 966 8554. Fax: (306) 966 6164 www.usask.ca/medicine
Established in 1926, clinical teaching is now carried out at the Royal University Hospital, St Paul’s and Saskatoon City Hospitals in Saskatoon and the Plains Health Centre and General Hospital in Regina.


University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine, 753 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3E 0W3 Tel: (204) 789 3569 Fax: (204) 789 3929 www.umanitoba.ca The College was founded in 1883 and today is situated opposite the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre (which is separate from the rest of the University). Within the Health Sciences Centre there are children’s, adult’s, women’s, respiratory and rehab hospitals totalling over 1000 beds. Other hospitals used include: Boniface General Hospital (900 beds), Misericordia (409 beds), Seven Oaks (336 beds), Deer Lodge Veterans (500 beds), Grace (306 beds) and Victoria hospitals (254 beds).

Flin Flon General Hospital, Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada R8A 1N2.



University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A8 Tel: (416) 978 2717 Fax: 971 2163. http://utll.library.utoronto.ca/www/medicine This large faculty is associated with eight teaching hospital units: Those on University Avenue include: The University Health Network (Toronto General (which has merged with Toronto Western) and Princes Margaret), The Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai. Others are St Michael’s, Toronto Rehab Institute, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
To do an elective anywhere in Toronto you should first write to The Visiting Electives Co-ordinator, Room 2124, Medical Sciences Building, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A8 Tel: 416 978 2691 Fax: 416 971 2163.
Elective information is on the university web site. They charge between C$216 for one to two weeks up to C$432 for eight-week long electives. You MUST apply at least four months before the proposed elective date or they’ll fine you another C$50. Then add on a bit for malpractice insurance (around C$100 per four weeks, this can be arranged through the University). Do not pay for insurance until they have confirmed your elective. APPLY EARLY ... especially if you want to do something popular (e.g. trauma).

The University Health Network comprises Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Princes Margaret Hospitals. All are in downtown and on www.uhealthnet.on.ca 

Toronto General Hospital, 200 Elizabeth Street, University Avenue, Toronto, Canada Tel: (416) 340 3131.
Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Canada Tel: (416) 603 5801.
Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2M9 Tel: (416) 946 2000.
The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Canada M5G 1X8.
St Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8 Tel: (416) 360 4000 Fax: (416) 864 5870.
Queens Street Mental Health Centre, 1001 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada www.sunnybrook.utoronto.ca
St Joseph’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6R 1B5.


McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5 Tel: (905) 525 9140. Fax: (905) 527 2707 www.fhs.mcmaster.ca

St Peter’s Hospital, Mapel Wood Road, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
St Joseph’s Hospital, 50 Charlton Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6, Canada
Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, 100 West 5th Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3K7, Canada.

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1H 8M5 Tel: (613) 562 5800 Fax: (613) 562 5457 www.uottawa.ca Within the University are the faculty of medicine and schools of nursing and human kinetics. Due to a change in policy, since December 1997, the University of Ottawa no longer accepts foreign elective students. The University of Ottawa serves three hospitals in Ottawa, one is Ottawa Civic Hospital (1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4E9). This is both English- and French-speaking.

Queen’s University, Faculty of Health Sciences School of Medicine, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 Tel (613) 533 2542 Fax: 533 6884 http://meds.queensu.ca/medicine Founded in 1854 the University campus is in Kingston on Lake Ontario. The three major hospitals (currently in process of reforms) are the Kingston General Hospital (for acute inpatient care), the Hotel Dieu Hospital (for ambulatory care) and St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital (for elderly, rehab and palliative care).

Kingston General Hospital, 76 Stuart Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2V7, Canada.

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Medical Sciences Building, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1 Tel: (519) 661 3744 Fax: (519) 661 3797 www.med.uwo.ca The Medical Faculty has been around since 1882. It’s a private University based in London, Ontario and uses a number of local hospitals.



The two universities in Montreal are McGill (English-speaking) and Université de Montréal (French-speaking). Beware of going to a French-speaking hospital, as the French is slightly different to European and you may get problems.

McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, 3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1Y6 Tel: (514) 398 3517 Fax: (514) 398 4631 www.mcgill.ca McGill uses the Montreal Children’s, Montreal General, Montreal Neurological, Sir Mortimer B Davis–Jewish General, Shriner’s Crippled Children’s, Douglas and Royal Victoria hospitals. Many hospitals outside Quebec are also associated. Instruction in McGill institutions is in English.

Royal Victoria Hospital, Avenue Des Pins Ouest (or 687 Pine Avenue), Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A1, Canada.
Montreal General Hospital/Hôpital General de Montreal, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1A4 Tel: (514) 9376011.

Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, 3801 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4, Canada http://www.mcgill.ca/mni/

Sir Mortimer B Davis–Jewish General Hospital, 3755 Cote St Catherine Road, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1EZ, Canada Tel: 514 30 8222 Fax: 514 340 7510 (675 beds).

Université de Montréal, School of Medicine, PO Box 6128, Station Centre-Ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3J7 Tel: (514) 33 6265 Fax: (514) 343 6629 www.umontreal.ca The medical school was founded in 1843 and today uses 14 teaching hospitals and research centres. Note: All instruction is in FRENCH.


Université Laval, Faculty of Medicine, Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada G1K 7P4 Tel: (418) 656 2131 Fax: (418) 656 2733 www.ulaval.ca

University of Sherbrooke, Faculty of Medicine, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada J1H 5N4 Tel: (819) 564 5208
Fax: (819) 564 5378 www.usherb.ca
This is multi-disciplinary with a faculty of nursing. Its Health Sciences Centre includes a 700-bed teaching hospital. Twelve other hospitals are also used.

Nova Scotia

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine, 5849 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4H7 Tel: +1 902 494 6592, Fax: +1 902 494 7119 www.mcms.dal.ca e-mail: medical.communications@dal.ca The faculty, founded in 1868, covers the three Maritime Provinces of Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) with a population of 1.7 million. The teaching hospitals total 2300 beds.

The major teaching hospitals used include:
c  The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in the heart of Halifax (including Camp Hill, Victoria General, Nova Scotia Rehab and New Halifax Infirmary). This is the major referral centre for Maritime Canada www.qe2-hsc.ns.ca
c  The IWK Grace Health Centre
c  The Nova Scotia (Psychiatric) Hospital
c  St John Regional Hospital a large modern hospital in New Brunswick

The Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada A1B 3V6 Tel: (709) 737 6615 Fax: 737 5186 www.med.mun.ca/med/ Founded in 1925, Memorial is the only University in Newfoundland. The Health Sciences Centre includes the general hospital with 530 beds. A number of other hospitals in St John’s are also used. To do an elective in these hospitals you’ll need to apply to the university. They have a fee of around C$100 and can provide malpractice cover for around C$137.

Memorial University Hospital, St John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3V6, Canada.
Charles S Curtis Memorial Hospital, Grenfell Regional Health Services, St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada A0K 4S0 Tel: 709 454 3333 Fax: 709 454 2052.



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