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How do I become a Clinical Chemist?

There are several routes to becoming a Clinical Chemist in Canada. The most common is first to obtain a Ph.D. in a branch of chemistry or life science (often biochemistry or physiology) and then to enter a two-year Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry (one centre has a 3-year program). Such programs, available at 6 universities in Canada are directed toward acquiring professional competence as well as a small research complement.

Professional competence is assessed through written and oral examinations set and supervised by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (CACB), a body within the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC). A Specialty Certificate is awarded following successful completion of the examinations.

Postdoctoral Training Programs

University of Toronto
Toronto Ontario

Program Directors:

Dr. Vathany Kulasingam
Dr. Paul Yip

McMaster University
Hamilton Ontario

Program Directors

Dr. Cynthia Balion

Université de Montréal
Montréal, Québec

(D.E.P.D.; Diplôme d’Études Post-Doctorales)
Program Director

Dr Jean-Pierre Émond

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg Manitoba

Program Director

Dr. AbdulRazaq Sokoro

University of Calgary &
Alberta Precision Labs

Program Directors

Dr. Hossein S.M. Sadrzadeh and Dr. Jessica Boyd

Program Coordinator

Shawna Pitman

University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta

Program Director

Dr. Anna Füzéry

Foreign Credentials

If you have a university degree from a university outside Canada or the USA, and need your credentials assess and recognized for one of these programs, please consult the Government of Canada Foreign Credentials Referred Office (1-888-854-1805).

For more detailed information on the examination process, go to the Fellowship page, which includes the Syllabus (English and French versions), and copies of recent examinations.

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