Full-Time Clinical (MD) Academic Appointments

Foreign-Trained Physicians


Foreign-trained physicians are doctors whose MD degree (or equivalent) was earned at a university outside Canada.  Full-time Clinical (MD) appointments require the physician to be on active staff at a fully affiliated or, occasionally, a community-affiliated teaching hospital.  They generally belong to a practice plan that supports academic work financially.  Their academic work, which includes teaching in patient care, accounts for at least 80% of their professional working time.


Initial appointment is generally for three years.  Following a successful probationary review, faculty member is given a continuing annual appointment which can only be terminated for cause.


Foreign-trained physicians must be recruited through an advertised search process.  Where the University is formally represented on the search committee, appointments are submitted to the Senior Advisor to the Dean on Clinical Affairs for approval.  Where there is no University representation on the search committee, the appointment application must first be reviewed by the Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee (FAAC).

Available Rank:

Assistant Professor
Associate Professor

Required Documents:

Document Type Agent Responsible for Supplying When Required
Application Form (online) Candidate or Hospital Contact on application
Curriculum Vitae Candidate on application
Teaching Dossier (required when applying for a Clinician Teacher academic position description, optional when applying for any other academic position description) Candidate on application
Certificate of Professional Conduct or equivalent from home jurisdiction Candidate on application
Letter from Physician-in-Chief Physician-in-Chief prior to approval by DAC or SC
Letters of Reference
(2-3 Internal, 2-3 External)
Referees prior to approval by DAC or SC
Letter from Department Chair Department Chair after approval by DAC
Academic Position Description Physician-in-Chief and Department Chair prior to approval by HR
Search Details (along with copies of job ads) SC Coordinator prior to approval by DAC
CPSO Confirmation of Academic Appointment Department appointments coordinator and Chair prior to approval by HR
Draft Letter of Offer Department appointments coordinator and Chair prior to approval by HR
Signed Back Letter of Offer Candidate after receiving Letter of Offer
UHIP Application Candidate Upon arrival in Canada


*DAC = Departmental Appointments Committee
*SC = Search Committee
*HR = Human Resources
*FAAC = Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee


The Department of Psychiatry requires

  • a Letter of Support from a Department of Psychiatry Division Director

The Department of Family and Community Medicine requires

  • Professional Development Plan

  • Membership in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC # and Expiry Date)

  • If applicable, Certificate of Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada