Dr. Massoud Shahin is enthusiastic about and grateful for the programs he has accessed through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.
Dr. Shahin says English for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals opened up a new world for him in terms of improving his language, especially in communicating with patients, making professional contacts, networking and learning about getting a job in his field. After taking part in the program, he had more confidence speaking to people about working and living in Nova Scotia.
“The English for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals program helped me to become familiar with the health system—the hidden part of the health system, for example how important patient-centered care is here. I was a patient-centered physician in my own country, but here it is the main part of the health system. Now I can see it and feel it. The patient is really part of the healthcare team.”
Dr. Shahin also took part in the Mentorship Program at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. He was paired with a retired orthopedic surgeon, who encouraged him to continue working towards his licensure. Currently, he is working as a clinical associate in orthopedics at the Halifax Infirmary.
Dr. Shahin plans to access the online Workplace Writing courses at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and wishes there were a second part to English for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals as he would gladly continue this very practical hands-on course.