Frequently Asked Questions

Courses:

What are the different courses offered?

We offer four courses:

(a) Winter OSCE Course: typically runs from Dec- Apr of each year meeting once or twice every weekend. The length of each lecture is 6 hours. Two mock exams are included in the registration fee. An optional 3rd mock exam will be a paying one.

(b) Summer OSCE Course: typically begins in May of each year and ends in July. The length of each lecture is 6 hours. Two mock exams are included in the registration fee. An optional 3rd mock exam will be a paying one.

(c) Winter Written Exam Preparation Course: typically runs from Dec-Apr and basically prepares IMGs for their written exams. It includes about 40 sessions each lasting 3 hrs, and mainly conducted from 6-9 pm on weekdays. An optional paying mock exam with about 250 MCQs is scheduled at the end of the course.

(d) Summer Written Exam Preparation Course: typically runs from May-Aug and basically prepares IMGs for their written exams. It includes about 40 sessions each lasting 3 hrs, and mainly conducted from 6-9 pm on weekdays. An optional paying mock exam with about 250 MCQs is scheduled at the end of the course.

Do you have any Intensive Course for OSCE or Written Exams?

No, we no longer run the Intensive Course

Do the OSCE courses given by Ontario IMG School prepare me for the CSA?

Yes. The teachings apply very well to the CSA.

How frequently are the Standardized Patients (SPs) presented?

There will be one or two SPs during each session. That means all scenarios will be taught through encounters with SPs. This allows everyone to interact with the SPs throughout the course.

When are the sessions usually held? How long are the sessions?

The OSCE sessions are usually six hours long are held on weekend days. The written exams prep course usually is held on weekdays from 6-9pm.

What Exams does your Written Exam preparation course prepare for?

Our Written Exam preparation course prepares IMGs for their MCCEE, MCCQE1, and USMLE step 2.

Can I use a tape recorder or video camera to tape the sessions?

No. It is NOT allowed to tape any part of the any of the sessions. Any found recording the sessions will be suspended immediately with no refund.

Can I give my notes to someone else to copy?

No. The copyright of the notes is only with the Ontario IMG School. Copying notes without having a written permission from the Ontario IMG School is subject to prosecution.

Do you give any notes or hand-outs before the sessions?

Yes, each student will receive a hand-out at the door upon showing student card.

Mock Exams:

How many stations do you have in each OSCE mock exam and how long does each station last?

There are ten 11-minute stations in each mock exam.

How can people who are not currently registered in a course participate in the mock exam?

Have a look at the “Mock Exam” page. There you find the instructions for “External Students”.

How soon can External Students sign up for the mock exam?

The spots for the mock exam are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Our Registered (Internal) students are given top priority in terms of the sign up procedure, unless the Mock Exam is specified as an "Optional" Mock Exam, meaning that everyone (both Internal and External students) can sign up at the same time. Once your payment is received, your registration is confirmed and a spot is reserved for you. The payment must be received no later than three weeks prior to the scheduled date. Without a payment, no spot can be reserved or guaranteed. If you decide to cancel your Mock Exam appointment, please advise us of your decision via email or by telephone at least 2 weeks prior to the exam, so we can offer your spot to another External student on our Stand By List.

I missed the deadline to sign up as an External Student for the mock exam? What can I do now?

You can try as a “Stand-by Candidate.” However, a spot cannot be guaranteed for you.

Do you have mock exam for the written course as well?

Yes, we do run multiple choice questions mock exam for the written course as well. For registration please see the written course schedule and call us for application.

Can I attend your mock exams as an external candidate?

Yes, you can. Please read the rules and regulations on external students taking our mock exams.

Finance:

Can I get any financial aid from any Canadian financial institution to pay the tuition fee?

Yes. If you have passed MCCEE, you are eligible to apply for a loan from RBC bank to pay the registration fees for the other Canadian exams as well as using the loan to pay the tuition fees for Ontario IMG School’s courses.

For further information, please contact us or RBC bank

Can I pay the fee in several installments?

The fee for each course can be paid in three installments. All post-dated cheques should be included with the application plus two photos.

What happens if my cheque bounces?

There is a $40 charge for each bounced cheque.

Is the tuition fee tax deductible?

No, as we are not affiliated with the government, the tuition fee is NOT tax deductible.

Can my friend and I pay ONE registration fee and each of us partially attends the course but never together?

No, you cannot share the registration fee, nor replace someone else in the middle of the course. Fees are not transferable.

If I introduce someone to your course, will I get a discount on my fee?

Unfortunately not, however your support is appreciated.

If I was your former “full course” student and decide to register with any of your courses again, will I get a discount?

Yes, there is a 10% discount on tuition for former full time students; however; if you repeat the same course you get a 30% discount.

What if I need to get a copy of the notes for another lecture that I missed?

There is a $30 administration fee for providing any make up notes from previous lectures if you are not our full course student.

How about if students request an extra-session which is not in the schedule?

For any added session in OSCE students must pay $100+HST and for any added session in the written course students must pay $50+HST at the door.

Late Registrations:

If I miss the deadline for registration, can I still register?

Yes, but there is a late registration fee that applies to those registering after the deadline. Please see the registration forms for details

If I miss some sessions but I decide to register with the course, how the fee will be adjusted?

If registering with the OSCE course, for each session you missed, $50 will be deducted from your registration fee. If registering with the written course, for each session you missed, $25 will be deducted from your registration fee.

Withdrawal

Can I withdraw from the course at any time?

You may withdraw from the extended course prior to the withdrawal date by writing us a withdrawal letter and explaining your reason for withdrawal. The balance will be refunded after deducting a $150 administration fee PLUS the charges for the session(s) and mock exam(s) up to the date of official withdrawal. Please note that the charge will include all the sessions and mock exams held by school between the registration date and the withdrawal date, whether you had attended or not. If there is a mention of “non-refundable” in the registration form, there will not be any refund if one decides to withdraw from the course.

How is the adjustment for the sessions and mock exams done in the case of withdrawal from the course?

If you withdraw from the course before the withdrawal date, you will be charged for the lectures as if you were attending on a single session basis and for the mock exam as if you were an external student.

What is the procedure to withdraw?

All withdrawals have to be in writing, stating the reason for withdrawal. The formal request for withdrawal has to be submitted (either in person or by mail) ALONG with the student ID card. The official withdrawal date is considered to be the date that your request is received along with the student ID and confirmed by the Ontario IMG School.

Miscellaneous

Can I come to your office to get consultation about the exams, procedures and steps for certification?

Yes, you can but there will be a consultation fee of $100

Can I ask for a letter of attendance, recommendation, reference, etc., from your school?

Yes, you can. There will be an administrative fee of $50 for each letter to be written, typed and mailed to you

What are the steps involved in getting a license in Canada or US?

See the “Links” section for some useful information on the web.

For more information please contact (416) 788-0464