International medical graduates get introduction to Canadian medical system
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) today hosted the fifth annual International Medical Graduate (IMG) Information Symposium in Toronto, assisting hundreds of internationally educated medical graduates from across the country and abroad learn how to navigate the Canadian medical system.
"The symposium is the only national opportunity for internationally educated medical graduates and physicians to interact with leading organizations in medical education and licensure in Canada," said Sandra Banner, CaRMS CEO. "With our partners and exhibitors, we are presenting pathways available to IMGs that could lead to them practicing medicine in this country."
Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the event gave attendees a rare first-hand look at the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which assesses the readiness of international medical graduates for entrance into a Canadian residency program. Participants also benefited from seminars from key Canadian health care organizations on a variety of topics, including residency training, licensing and certification, language issues and province-specific requirements.
Since 2006, more than 2,000 international medical graduates compete every year for postgraduate training positions through CaRMS after passing the appropriate examinations and possible assessments.
The International Medical Graduate Information Symposium was made possible through partnership with the Medical Council of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association. To see a list of organizations that participated in the symposium as exhibitors or presenters, visit carms.ca/symposium.
CaRMS is a not-for-profit organization that works in close cooperation with the medical education community, schools and students to provide online services matching medical students and residents with postgraduate training across Canada. CaRMS has been providing trusted and transparent client services since 1970 and matches approximately 3,500 applicants every year. It also provides comprehensive data collection, analysis and research that supplies timely intelligence to health policy decision-makers.
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