Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario


Canada should value its foreign-trained MDs

Posted by imdontario on November 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM Comments comments (0)

National Post · Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Re: Foreign-Trained MDs Below Par: Study, Tom Blackwell, Oct. 4.

I believe this article was not balanced. Whenever international medical doctors (IMDs) make a point about any issue, whether about the lack of residencies for qualified IMDs or transitional licences for experienced ones, reporters always seek the counter opinion of the colleges or Ministry. These stakeholders, rather predictably, say the exact opposite, namely, there were not enough qualified IMDs or that they are protecting the public.

This article did not seek an opinion from those of us who have taken these exams and passed. It also failed to consider that many courses and practice exams available to Canadian medical students are not available to IMDs. We know of a pediatric surgeon who is a consultant surgeon in Ireland, and who practised in Ontario for five years as a fellow and specialist. Yet he was unable to attend the review lectures and practice simulations for the Royal College exams. All the other local doctors attended and were given tips and help for the exam. He was simply told that the courses were not available to IMDs. Was it any surprise that he had difficulty with the exam?

International medical doctors can be a big (and very safe) part of the solution to the health-care crisis in this nation.

Dr. Mitra Arjang, vice-president, media, Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario , Toronto.


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Posted by imdontario on September 18, 2010 at 5:16 PM Comments comments (3)

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Toronto Star article "Foreign doctors petition for ability to practice while they wait"

Posted by imdontario on September 15, 2010 at 4:02 PM Comments comments (2)

Foreign-trained doctors Mitra Arjang begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Parampal Ghoshal donned their stethoscopes and white gowns on Monday — not to treat patients, but to protest.

Arjang, a general surgeon from Iran, and Ghoshal, a family doctor from India, say they have passed all the qualifying medical exams in Canada but failed to get a residency spot, and hence a licence to practise in Ontario.

With the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario headquarters on College St. as backdrop, the two immigrant physicians launched an online petition Monday asking the province and the regulator to issue restricted licences for foreign doctors to practise in Canada.

Representing the self-advocacy group, the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, they said restricted licences would allow them to work in limited capacity under supervision while working toward a full licence – provided they pass the qualifying academic and clinical exams, but not necessarily with the required residency experience in Canada.

“I wouldn’t mind to work for free in order to get my transitional licence to practise,” said Arjang, vice president of the 12-year-old association.

Arjang passed ten exams in 2008 before she earned – and failed – an interview for a coveted residency spot. Only one of the 12 foreign-trained specialists in her group was accepted, she said.

Although exact data are not available, the association estimates there are 7,500 immigrant doctors living in Ontario, about 2,000 having passed the qualifying exams but unable to secure a residency spot.

Ghoshal, who has 16 years experience in India and the United Arab Emirates, passed her exams last year but did not get a residency interview.

“I feel my skills are wasted, while Canadians are suffering because there is a doctors’ shortage and we can’t practise,” she said.

The regulator licensed 1,536 international medical graduates last year and they accounted for 42 per cent of the 3,638 licences issued. The rest included 1,380 Ontario graduates, 638 from other parts of Canada and 84 from the United States.

College of Physicians spokesperson Kathryn Clarke said the total number of licences issued to foreign-trained doctors has doubled to 10,982 in the last decade, a result of improved licensing information and better assessment programs. Ontario has also increased the number of residency spots for immigrant doctors from 24 to 200 in the past 10 years.

“The system can only accommodate so many. There is certainly a ceiling from the government-funding point of view and the (residency) capacity of academic centres,” said Clarke.

“We can understand the frustration if you pass the exams but still can’t get one of the funded positions.”

Doctors wanted but not allowed to practice

Posted by imdontario on June 27, 2010 at 10:06 AM Comments comments (1)


The government has published its latest gazette. Doctors and specialists are encouraged to come to Canada (see 3111 and 3112 category).


Yet, once these doctors immigrate here, less than 10% will ever practice medicine. Amazing that this unfair situation continues and the ranks for unemployed IMDs keeps growing.


The government should be honest and take action: either put in place ways of getting eligible IMDs into practice and help solve the doctor shortage or inform the world that Canada does not welcome well trained medical doctors.