Registration & Membership
Alberta’s physician population reflects the diversity of our communities, and that’s as it should be. Whether physicians receive their education and training in our province, elsewhere in Canada or far beyond our borders, it’s our job to make sure they have the right qualifications and professional attributes to provide Albertans with safe and effective care.
About 11, 000 physicians are registered to practise in Alberta today, including 637 new registrants in 2017. Every applicant goes through a rigorous process that includes careful assessment of their application, verification of credentials and reference checks. Because medical education varies around the world, International Medical Graduates who meet eligibility criteria for Alberta are also required to successfully complete a practice readiness assessment before entering independent practice.
To keep knowledge and skills current, all Alberta physicians who provide patient care must also be enrolled in one of two approved Continuing Professional Development programs and meet credit requirements: Mainpro+ (College of Family Physicians of Canada) or Maintenance of Certification (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada).