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I passed the RC a couple of years ago, but have been working in the US since.  Is there any reason to maintain Royal College membership if I am not currently practicing in Canada?  I assume if/when I return to Canada, I can reactivate my membership somehow?  The dues are expensive and it seems unnecessary if you're not working in Canada.

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On 4/9/2019 at 7:46 PM, Laika said:

I passed the RC a couple of years ago, but have been working in the US since.  Is there any reason to maintain Royal College membership if I am not currently practicing in Canada?  I assume if/when I return to Canada, I can reactivate my membership somehow?  The dues are expensive and it seems unnecessary if you're not working in Canada.

The RC membership seems to be mainly for physicians to track their Mainpro credits (for CPSO) and display the FRCPC designation. If you are tracking these credits using an alternative system, I don't see any reason to need it but I would contact them to be sure. 

Email: membership@royalcollege.ca. 
Telephone: 613-730-6243; toll-free 1-800-461-9598

On the FB group for Canadian physicians, there were a couple of specialists who resigned from their RC membership without repercussions. However, they were told by CPSO to re-join the RC membership when they re-entered practice.

1 hour ago, The Ace of Spades said:

Would they make you pass the RC exams again? Cause that thing is a pain...

US physicians are able to join RC without writing the RC exam due to the reciprocal agreement. Extrapolating from this, I would assume that Canadian physicians who have passed their RC exam can reactivate their membership without rewriting the RC exams... 

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On 4/14/2019 at 9:01 PM, ArchEnemy said:

 

US physicians are able to join RC without writing the RC exam due to the reciprocal agreement. Extrapolating from this, I would assume that Canadian physicians who have passed their RC exam can reactivate their membership without rewriting the RC exams... 

This is specialty dependent I think. As far as I know, it is not the case for my specialty with respect to the US and RC exams being interchangeable. 

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