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Specialties recognized in Quebec

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In Quebec, as of October 22, 2015, 60 specialties are recognized by the Collège des médecins du Québec (Collège).

They are listed on this page and in Schedule I of the Regulation respecting the terms and conditions for the issuance of the permit and specialist’s certificates by the Collège des médecins du Québec.

Other provisions may also be consulted in the Regulation respecting medical specialties.

The examinations that must be taken in order to obtain a permit to practice have been harmonized with those of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The Royal College and the CFPC will determine your eligibility. 

A physician who already has a “regular” permit to practice in Quebec who passed the required examinations may apply for an additional specialist’s certificate.

Note:

If you passed a Royal College subspecialty examination, you must also pass the basic specialty (primary specialty) examination to be certified by the Collège des médecins du Québec.

The Collège recognizes the following postgraduate training programs and specialties:

  1. Anatomical pathology / 60 months
  2. Anesthesiology / 60 months
  3. Medical biochemistry / 60 months
  4. Cardiology / 72 months
  5. Cardiac surgery / 72 months
  6. Colorectal surgery / 84 months
  7. General surgery / 60 months
  8. General surgical oncology/ 84 months
  9. Pediatric surgery / 84 months
  10. Orthopedic surgery / 60 months
  11. Plastic surgery / 60 months
  12. Thoracic surgery / 84 or 96 months
  13. Vascular surgery / 60 months
  14. Dermatology / 60 months
  15. Endocrinology and metabolism / 60 months
  16. Gynecologic reproductive endocrinology and infertility / 72 months
  17. Gastroenterology / 72 months
  18. Medical genetics / 60 months
  19. Geriatric medicine / 60 months
  20. Geriatric psychiatry / 72 months
  21. Hematology / 60 months
  22. Pediatric hematology/oncology / 72 months
  23. Clinical immunology and allergy / 60 months
  24. Infectious diseases / 60 months
  25. Emergency medicine / 60 months
  26. Pediatric emergency medicine / 60 months
  27. Family medicine / 24 months
  28. Adolescent medicine / 60 months
  29. Intensive care medicine / 60 months
  30. Occupational medicine / 60 months
  31. Internal medicine / 48 months
  32. General internal medicine / 60 months
  33. Maternal-fetal medicine / 84 months
  34. Neonatal-perinatal medicine / 60 months
  35. Nuclear medicine / 60 or 72 months
  36. Physical medicine and rehabilitation / 60 months
  37. Medical microbiology and infectious diseases / 60 months
  38. Nephrology / 60 months
  39. Neurosurgery / 72 months
  40. Neurology / 60 months
  41. Neuropathology / 60 months
  42. Obstetrics and gynecology / 60 months
  43. Gynecologic oncology / 84 months
  44. Medical oncology / 60 or 72 months
  45. Ophthalmology / 60 months
  46. Otolaryngology-Head and neck surgery / 60 months
  47. General pathology / 60 months
  48. Hematological pathology / 48 months
  49. Forensic pathology / 72 months
  50. Pediatrics / 48 months
  51. Developmental pediatrics / 60 months
  52. Respirology / 60 months
  53. Psychiatry / 60 months
  54. Child and adolescent psychiatry / 72 months
  55. Forensic psychiatry / 72 months
  56. Radiation oncology / 60 months
  57. Diagnostic radiology / 60 months
  58. Rheumatology / 60 months
  59. Public health and preventive medicine / 60 months
  60. Urology / 60 months
Last update: December 2, 2020