The International Medical Graduates (IMG) Bridging Program offers a number of programs, services, and resources to support IMGs entry into the Canadian healthcare system.
If you are an International Medical Graduate and are planning to practice medicine in Canada and preparing for the Medical Council of Canada Examinations, IMG Bridging Program may be for you!
The IMG Bridging Program offers the following programs:
Study Groups assist IMGs in preparing for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCC EE) and Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE Part I). The aim of the study groups is to facilitate focused learning and provide a learning environment in which Canadian medical content can be explored, discussed, and modeled. Participating in study groups will allow you to develop a network of peers, feel connected and expose you to various supports and resources that can help you achieve your goal.
- MCCEE/MCCQE1 Study Group: IMGs who are preparing for MCCEE or MCCQE1 practice the multiple-choice questions and Clinical Decision Making (CDM) cases during these sessions, which are offered on a weekly basis throughout the year.
Clinical Skills Review Program
Clinical Skills Review Program aims to increase IMGs’ knowledge of the culture and structure of the Canadian healthcare system and to improve their professional communication skills. It assists IMGs in preparing for the National Assessment Collaboration NAC-OSCE and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE Part II). During the Clinical Skills Review sessions, IMGs get an opportunity to role-play realistic clinical scenarios with trained simulated patients.
A group of dedicated Practicing Physicians who are teaching faculty members at Dalhousie University volunteer their valuable time to facilitate these sessions and provides IMGs with direct feedback on their clinical skills, communication and interpersonal skills.
- This Onsite/Online program is offered twice a year to prepare IMGs for the clinical exams. Each program consists of 12-15 facilitated evening sessions and 5-6 mock OSCE sessions.
Observerships for IMGS in Family Physicians’ Clinic
The Observership in Family Physicians’ Clinic is a volunteer arrangement between an IMG Observer and a Supervising Family Physician, designed to expose IMGs to clinical practice. It is based on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) program with its associated policies and procedures. The time frame may be determined and approved according to the needs of the Observer and the availability of the Supervising Physician. Observerships generally last between one and three months with the IMG attending 1 – 2 days a week. IMGs that have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCC EE) are eligible to apply for this program.
Online Learning Community for IMGs
ISANS online learning community provides an excellent opportunity for IMGs to stay connected to what is going on in the IMG Bridging Program. By enrolling into the ISANS online learning community IMGs can get updates on upcoming schedules of study groups, clinical skills review program and educational sessions. IMGs also get access to IMGs Orientation module, Public Health of Canada modules and IMG e-library. It also provide discussion forum for IMGs to stay connected with other IMGs.
What are the benefits of IMG Bridging Program for you?
- Improve your interpersonal and communication skills
- Gain exposure and orientation to Canadian health care system
- Understand and practice realistic interactive cases through the Mock OSCE sessions
- Receive structured feedback from practicing physicians and professional simulated patients
- Identify gaps in your clinical knowledge and skills
- Have access to online and onsite medical resources
- Practice answering clinical multiple choice questions (MCQs)
- Build your network with Canadian licensed physicians
- Meet other IMGs going through the licensure process
- Benefit from the medical online and onsite resources to prepare for the exams
- Stay up to date by enrolling into Online Learning Community
The IMG Bridging Program Coordinator will help you learn about the pathway to licensure and suitability for the program.