Episode 47 - Canada's Doctor Shortage Part 1: International Medical Graduates

Guests Dr. Humaira Batool, Rosemary Pawliuk and Dr. Vahid Nilforhushan weigh in on international medical graduates (IMGs), the challenges IMGs face, and how IMGs might help alleviate the doctor shortage in Canada.

**Unfortunate technical difficulties for host Adrien Leduc's webcam on this episode, however the show must and did go on! Thank you to the panelists for being so gracious and for contributing to this important discussion!**

About the guests:

Dr. Humaira Batool
Recently arrived in Canada, Dr. Batool is a gynecologist and obstetrician by training, having completed her basic medical education at Punjab Medical College and her post-graduation at King Edward Medical University (Lahore, Pakistan) and University of Sydney Australia. Dr. Batool has extensive professional experience in her field and has worked as a gynecologist and family physician in Pakistan.

Dr. Vahid Nilforushan
An anesthesiologist by training, Dr. Nilforushan lists a number of accomplishments including the pioneering of a successful addictions treatment program in his native Iran. Dr. Nilforushan is also the current President of the Canadian on Paper Society for Immigrant Physicians Equality (COPSIPE).

Rosemary Pawliuk
A retired lawyer with more than thirty years' experience working with healthcare professionals in personal injury law, Rosemary is President of the Society of Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad (SOCASMA).

Links from our conversation:

Canadian on Paper Society for Immigrant Physicians (COPSIPE)

Government of Canada Skilled Workers Program

Society of Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad (SOCASMA)
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