Guide to Getting Started as a New Physician
· Clicking here will bring you to the Online Resource Manual for Physicians, which describes important acts and regulations and how to submit claims to get paid.
· Check out the Health Force Ontario MRA Transition into Practice Service for helpful modules related to employment and CV development.
· The Joule Practice Management Curriculum has several practice management resources available online.
· OMA has information about starting a medical practice available online.
CPSO Number (Certificate for Independent Practice)
· Needed to engage in independent, unsupervised practice upon graduation.
· Applications are available for download here in April of your graduating year and can be submitted by mail or online through physiciansapply.ca after verification through the CPSO. The deadline for getting your license by July 1st varies year to year and is usually in mid-May.
· All applications require a police clearance letter.
· Repeat hepatitis B and C as well as HIV blood work is required if not completed in the last 12 months.
· Mailed applications require supporting documentation like a passport photo, MCCQE results, and photocopy of your medical degree.
· Cost is around $2600 and will vary year to year.
· Processing time varies (usually around 6 weeks).
CMPA Number (Canadian Medical Protective Association)
· You can download the application and complete the online membership from the website.
· Remember to change your CMPA coverage if you already have a CMPA number (can be done online).
· Cost: Fee is based on practice type.
· Apply here.
· Your CPSO number is required and processing time is about 4–6 weeks.
OHIP – Ontario Billing Number
· You must have your CPSO number to apply for your OHIP billing number.
· The good news is that you can start working without your OHIP number and bill retroactively (up to six months), but you will need this number to get paid, regardless of the type of the practice conditions (i.e., locum vs. non-locum).
· Application (Form 014-3384-83)
· Cost: Free
· Processing time: approximately 4-6 weeks
· Enroll in the Medical Claims Electronic Data Transfer Internet Service (MC EDT) – you will receive an automatic letter with instructions once you get your OHIP billing number.
Memberships, Insurance, and Email
· Canadian Medical Association (CMA) membership is optional.
· Ontario Medical Association (OMA) membership is mandatory and will be collected from OHIP billings or direct payment to the OMA.
· Remember to renew your CFPC and OCFP memberships!
· Remember to renew your disability insurance, so there is no gap time between end of residency and starting your practice, and consider enrolling in group medical and dental insurance plans.
· Apply for a OneMail email account if you don’t have one already – provides an encrypted email for secure communication and a database of physician email addresses.
Finding a job
· Check with your supervisors, department, and university for possible locums and job opportunities.
· Locum and permanent job postings are available at Health Force Ontario and are updated regularly.
· Consider doing a locum in rural Ontario through the Rural Family Medicine Locum Program. Accommodation and travel expenses as well as course reimbursement (ATLS and ACLS within 12 months) are usually covered for locum physicians.
· Check Facebook groups for physicians for possible locum opportunities.
· OMA Legal Services will review employment contracts for free for OMA members.
· Call the hospital where you intend to work: ask about their application process (it varies).
· In general, you will need photocopies of medical licenses, malpractice certificates, immunization records, a CV, Certificate of Good Standing and Certificate of Adult Criminal Convictions.
Other Things to Consider
· To make the transition to practice as smooth as possible, it is important to build a team of individuals that will help you navigate through the transition – ask around and consider finding an:
· Financial planner
· Lawyer (to review contracts, etc.)
· Billing agent