Why are you unable to work as a doctor in Canada? There is no money to pay you - it has nothing to do with your competence. IMDs have passed every exam required and still been denied a license to practice. Now we know why!
If you are a foreign doctor planning to immigrate to Ontario and Canada - know that it is over 95% (ninety-five percent) likely that you will NEVER EVER be able to practice medicine again.
Even if you pass all the Canadian exams (Medical Council of Canada (MCCEE, MCCQE1 and 2), NAC OSCE, Ontario licensing exams CE1 and CE2, CEHPEA interviews, CaRMS applications etc.) - you will be obstructed and excluded at every turn. Only a lucky few will get in. It is very subjective and less than 5% get in. Over 1800 qualified doctors DO NOT get in every year.
Many of you will come with lots of money made from being well known doctors in your home country. You will probably be all right not working as a doctor here. You will pay atrocious amounts in Canadian tax (on income you made outside Canada!) and fly home off and on to work.
But if you come with little savings, and hope to work as a doctor, you will likely be a security guard, store worker, waiter, cleaner, taxi driver and the list goes on.
SO CHOOSE WITH WISDOM WHETHER MIGRATION TO CANADA IS IN YOUR FAMILY'S BEST INTEREST.
The Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (AIPSO) is a non-profit, independent professional association which represents physicians and surgeons trained and licensed in jurisdictions outside Canada. AIPSO's mission is to ensure that internationally-trained physicians are integrated effectively and equitably into the Canadian health care system. Read more
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Perspective of an Overseas Medical Student (CI News, Aug 1, 2014)
Nothing to do with qualifications of IMDs, just the lack of finance (Edmonton Journal June 26, 2014)
Quebec Charter risks repelling foreign doctors (Montreal Gazette Nov 16, 2013)
IMD wife cannot get registered here to work, so McMaster paediatric neurosurgeon leaves for Texas (Hamilton Spectator Sep 20, 2013)
Foreign Trained MDs being shut out (so whats new?) Aug 14, 2013 Montreal Gazette
Overseas-trained doctor prepared to hunger strike (July 20, 2013)
Wikileaks : The Truth about "containing" doctor numbers (posted Feb 3, 2013)
Another illusion (Nov 27, 2012)
Foreign Trained Doctor Wins Licensing Lawsuit (Aug 25, 2012)
Ontario and other provinces in blatant discrmination (July 25, 2012)
Stop Visa Trainees Program Now! Help Our Own Citizens (June 19, 2012)
Institutionalised Discrimination Against IMDs (April 20, 2012)
Controlling the number of doctors is what it is all about (10th Dec 2011)
A Malicious and Defamatory Statement (July 12, 2011)
Institutional Underemployment - welcome to the new paradigm (July 1st 2011 Canada Day)
What does an unemployed well qualified doctor do for another year? (CaRMS match 2011)
More Doctors registered? Medical Doctors or Spin Doctors? (14 May 2011) Dr Rocco Gerace
Physician groups delaying foreign doctors by Canadian Minister of Immigration
House of Commons Committee on Health (and an initial response)
1. There are over 1 million people who do not have family doctors
2. The wait times for most surgery and even for specialist consultation runs into many months. Patients often get far more sick during the wait, jeopardising their successful recovery.
1. There are over 7500 internationally trained doctors who have immigrated to Canada. More than half (over 3500) have passed all the Canadian medical licensing exams. But they are not allowed to practice and help address the doctor shortage.
2. Many internationaly trained doctors (IMDs) have trained overseas and worked for years in their specialty or family practice. They have also passed Canadian exams. They are not give a chance to be assessed for full practice. Can we not use community preceptors as they do in other jurisdictions? Can these IMDs not be given transition licenses? Can the College of Physicians and Surgeons explain why they are not pursuing this option?
3. Other IMDs need a residency training positions in Canada. Yet even though the universities claim there are nor residencies available, nearly 800 foreign doctors sponsored by their governments are taking up valuable residency positions. This is a waste of Canadian training resources. Can we not have a moratorium of foreign visa trainees?
"The onus is now on medical schools to change their ways. The schools must remember, or the government must remind them, that they are funded to work for the good of all Quebecers, and not just the medical elite. More than 2 million Quebecers are depending on progress in this."