Quebec Deprives Doctors Trained Abroad

Posted on Dec 1 2013 - 4:50am by Admin

Doctors trained abroad are victims of discrimination on the part of Quebec faculties of medicine when trying to get a place in residence, the Commission denounces human rights.


Quebec would deprive the service of several doctors who have completed postdoctoral studies to practice their profession. Yet 74 residency positions remained vacant this year, including 42 in family medicine. “Many of them go to work in other provinces, while Quebec was their first choice,” says Gaetan Cousineau, President of the Commission.

Several candidates rejected by Quebec universities in 2013 had yet passed the course upgrade Assessment Centre Internationally Educated Health (GHC). This program, funded by the Ministry of Health, was established in 2011 to promote the professional integration of foreign medical graduates and assess their ability to successfully complete postgraduate studies. To participate, candidates must have obtained the recognition of the equivalence of their degree from the College of Physicians, a complex process that includes theoretical and practical examinations.

“We do not understand the reluctance of medical schools to accept once they have successfully completed these two steps, laments Mr. Cousineau. Those who evaluate leave with prejudices and negative attitudes towards them. “

Dr. Yves Robert, spokesman for the College of Physicians, prefers to see the glass half full. “Mr. Cousineau laments that eight out of 16 doctors who completed the course in 2013 are not only found a place in residence, but it is a success for the other eight, “he notes. It also stresses that it is not all holders of a medical degree who manage to enter the residence, regardless of their country of origin.

Indeed, 24 graduates of Quebec faculties have not found the post in 2013, according to figures from the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CRÉPUQ). “The selection process is the same for all, and the principles of quality and fairness prevail,” says Dr. Hélène Boisjoly, President of the Conference of Deans of Faculties of Medicine. It ensures that no criterion is discriminatory. “Instead, we have an openness to diversity policy, so that our doctors are representative of the society in which they live, she said. Medical schools make every effort to fill vacancies. “

Dr. Boisjoly still concedes that doctors who have recently immigrated may be disadvantaged, especially because many of them have not practiced for a few years, the time to settle in Quebec and get their equivalents.


56 of 180 medical graduates in Canada and the United States (IMG) has applied for a residence in 2013 were able to get one. The number of applications for IMGs has increased steadily since 2010, from 53 to 180.

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