Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Canada Network
Internationally trained medical doctors (ITMDs) experience significant challenges becoming licensed in Canada, particularly in Ontario. As a result, a large number of ITMDs either choose a non-healthcare related career below their skill level or remain unemployed. There is a need for alternative career programs to utilize the pool of available ITMDs and to assist their transition into non-licensed jobs in the health sector. To address this problem, Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education launched the ITMD Bridging Program in 2015.
Co-founder and Program Lead Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, PhD created ICAN in 2017 as a platform for ITMDs in Canada to access mentorship in post-graduate training, professional development, global public health education, health research management and career guidance. Graduates of the ITMD Bridging Program volunteer to support health professionals with a diverse range of skills to navigate their career paths in Canada.
Dr. Shafi U. Buhiyan PhD at the ITMD cohort 7 Graduation event (Oct 2018).
ITMD practicum partners and staff with cohort 7 Graduates (Oct 2018).
Participant Demography and geographical footprint
ITMD Bridging Program participants come to iCAN with a passion to nurture the aspirations of newcomers to the Canadian Healthcare system. They volunteer to support this initiative led by Dr. Bhuiyan, who has a track record of capacity building in healthcare professionals.
ICaN aims to provide mentorship to ITMDs in post-graduate training avenues, professional development pathways, global public health education, health research management and career coaching.
Our strength lies in the diversity that we represent. 60% of all the participants in the ITMD program are female (cohort 1-8) and we have participants from more than 18 countries.