Canada participates in a bilateral international exchange program where medical students undertake clinical electives or research projects in a foreign country for a period of four weeks. This is the 19th year that the CFMS is offering clinical exchanges and the 12th year that it is offering research exchanges to its members.
Last year 60 Canadian medical students participated in the IFMSA-CFMS exchange program. LEOs at each medical school facilitate the process for outgoing Canadian medical students, as well as for incoming international medical students. These clinical or research exchanges are either unilateral or bilateral. In bilateral exchanges, the program cost to you is $300, which includes accommodations and $100 stipend and a host to organize the elective abroad. You will be required to pay an accommodation deposit of $600 which will be reimbursed to you if/when you host an incoming student. Unilateral exchange program costs are $300 in addition to a variable cost to be paid on arrival at the host institution to cover accommodations.
Bilateral Options: Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Rep., Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Ghana, China, Indonesia, Italy (July), Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey.
: Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Rep., Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Serbia
Electives and research projects are available in a broad array of specialties and areas. See here
for more information on CFMS exchanges. Applications for CFMS exchanges can be found here
. Please note students are selected by lottery as spots are limited and the application deadline is firm with no exceptions. Exchange conditions will vary by country and can be found here
and should be researched before ranking preferred countries. Country program descriptions can be found here
and research projects can be found here
but are subject to change.