Written by Stuart Berry, BSc (Hons), Podiatry
They say moving house is one of the most stressful things that you can do in your life, therefore for those of you that are moving province or territory, or indeed moving country, I thought it would be helpful to ease the burden by giving you a page of resources which will help with your transition to your new home and new place of work by helping you get work-ready.
One of the things which will differ between continents, countries or event regions within countries is the regulatory frameworks which govern our practice – so do your research now is my tip.
Cultural, geographical, historical and demographic differences are some of the reasons regulatory frameworks may sometimes differ. Within Canada it is worth remembering that podiatric medicine is therefore regulated at a provincial level and those working in one region will need to register with the appropriate regulator when working in another region.
It is of no surprise we see the differences in regulators reflected across the globe also reflected somewhat across Canada – for example the regulators of podiatry in Alberta and podiatry in British Columbia vary from the regulators of la podiatrie au Québec. Similarly the other Canadian provinces or Territories will be different.
Each U.S state will also have a different regulatory framework and for those looking to work in a different continent, such as the Europe or Australasia again, there will be different regulators for either the country or region depending on the model of regulation.
It is important to prepare ahead of time. Like a good scout “be prepared”. Know who regulates you in your new destination and how to access the relevant information you require.
Check that that you meet, or know how to meet, the requirements the new regulator will place upon you since all regulators are different.
Do as much as you can before your move. Ensure you have registered with your regulator and are ready to practice as soon as you arrive, since going through the regulatory process can take weeks or months and you want to ensure you are work-ready.
Look out for words like ‘council’ or ‘college’: these are often words that indicate a regulator.
For those within Canada or moving to Canada to work within podiatric medicine, here are some useful resources to help with your research and relocation:
For information on credentials for foreign trained individuals.
Information on Alberta podiatry licencing.
Information British Columbia podiatry licencing
Information Manitoba podiatry registration
Information Nunavut podiatry licencing
Information Ontario podiatry or chiropody registration
Information Prince Edward Island podiatry licencing
Information Quebec podiatry licencing
Information Saskatchewan podiatry licencing
For Podiatry associations in the maritime provinces check out New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI,
Finally, if you are looking at Australia or the United Kingdom, check out these regulators.
Like a good holiday, they say half the fun is in the planning, so with that in mind have fun doing all your research!
Well, I think that sums up my whistle stop tour of first step research for before you relocate, I hope it helps.