"Plan for associate physicians in British Columbia is stalled by pandemic."
By Brieanna Charlebois
The Canadian Press
Sat., March 12, 2022
"The Institute for Canadian Citizenship, which helps newcomers and people seeking citizenship, estimates there are thousands of foreign-trained doctors whose qualifications have allowed them to be fast-tracked to Canadian citizenship, but provincial regulators refuse to recognize their credentials."
A waste of much needed talent.
"Dr. Harry Tabrizi, an ear, nose and throat surgeon who practiced medicine for more than a decade in Iran before immigrating to Canada in 2012, works as a hearing instrument practitioner in Surrey. Despite his efforts to become accredited, he said he hadn’t heard of the associate physician role."
The absurdity of provincial health ministries policies.
“Even if they’ve passed all their exams and are technically certified, they need a residency and the biggest barrier is that provinces don’t make those spots available to foreign-trained physicians,” said Daniel Bernhard, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. “It’s just completely stacked against them.”