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Tracking the steps of international medical graduates en route to Canadian licensing

01 Oct 2012

International medical graduates (IMGs) often travel a long and convoluted road en route to being licensed to practice medicine in Canada. A federally-funded initiative that tracks IMGs on their paths to licensure, using annual data submitted by 38 organizations, will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on Oct. 10.

Three representatives of the Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry (CAPER), which is the home of data and statistics on postgraduate medical education and IMGs in Canada, will describe how the IMG database tracks the progress of IMGs through evaluating exams, assessment centres, residency training programs, certification bodies, and into licensed medical practice. Examples will also show how post-M.D. training trends shed light on Canada’s response to specific health care priorities.

The seminar will be presented by Steve Slade, vice-president of research and analysis at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Tamara Brown, national IMG database project manager at the AFMC, and research associate Linda Bourgeois.

CAPER has been collecting post-M.D. training data from all Canadian faculties of medicine for more than 30 years. The presentation will outline core data elements and illustrate the capabilities of both the CAPER and IMG databases to support heath human resource (HHR)-related analyses that have the potential to contribute to decision-making in Canadian health care policy.

Slade has implemented research programs in clinical settings and at national organizations, including the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and is an expert in developing health workforce studies and identifying data supports for research and planning. As head of AFMC’s data and analysis systems, his current focus is on the role of medical education in meeting Canada’s health care needs.

Brown has been involved in public health and health policy research and evaluation in a variety of settings, and currently focuses on the experience of international medical graduates in Canada.

Bourgeois is responsible for data collection, verification, implementation and programming for the National IMG Database.

The seminar will take place on Weds. Oct. 10 in CRL-B119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend. Click here for instructions on how to listen to the presentation through Elluminate.

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