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    Shortage of GPs in London,Ontario

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    ...more docs needed!

    I just read the GP shortage article posted above. I'm sure there are similar stories posted in every city's paper - across Canada. I'm a IMS -Canadian- doing my best to be able to get a residency in Canada and between the MCC or governement it seems they do everything possible to detere us from Canada. In reading all these newspaper adds and constantly hearing about shortages, doctor recruitment - I only wish the general public knew how difficult it is for IMS/IMG to settle in Canada. I keep hearing that things are changing...but I'm not so sure. It seems to me that "head-honchos" can't get it together - they are saying one thing - but doing another. My question is how can - in this case- the Ontario government explain the shortage when they've got 2000+ trained IMGs doing everything possible to get a job??? This is not fair to anyone!

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    doctors needed?

    Furfur is right. Such stories abound in various cities of Canada. The various provincial governments of Canada do make it extremely difficult for IMGs to practice in Canada. If one really look deeply into the difficulty of an IMG getting licensed in Canada, one should see that the roadblocks (many of which are subtle) are there by design.

    The reason, I believe, comes down to money. The more doctors they allowed to practice, the higher the health budget will be.

    But having said all that, my impression is that if an IMG is trained in the "right" school, from the "right" country, with the "right" experience, there is a backdoor -- the temporary licensing route eventually leading to full licensure.

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    another article on the doctor shortage..this time in St. Marys


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    There's no quick fix for the thousands of Londoners searching for a family doctor, Ontario Premier Ernie Eves said yesterday. "Unfortunately, you cannot train a doctor overnight. It will take time to get the system back to where it should be," Eves said at a campaign stop in St. Marys.
    That's the strange part I dont understand. There must be hundreds, if not thousands, of IMGs in Canada who have passed (or can pass) the Canadian medical board exam and yet can not get residency and thus eventually be licensed. And yet in northern Ontario they are opening up a new school.

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    I agree.

    Just wanted to say that I agree with the points made in this thread,
    and I empathize with the frustration and Canadian IMGs feel.

    I am going to beginning medical school in January in a country other than Canada(not quite certain where yet; the jury (er...... I mean admissions committees) is still out....)

    I am Canadian.

    These two things combine to meaning that if I want to practice medicine in the country I was born, grew up, and got my undergrad in I will have to jump through many hoops and hope that hell freezes over.

    The situation cries out for new legislation; I find it odd that in a province which has an increased need for doctors (due to aging population), and has a decreasing number of doctors (partly due to said aging of population), there are so many hurdles for IMGs.

    In many ways I think that this is contrary to the nature of the CHA (Canadian Health Act) which is supposed to protect the wellbeing of patients.

    I hold out hope that real change will happen, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    Cheers all,

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    London Ontario medical students discuss tuition hikes


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    re: "crushing debt load"

    Hey,

    thanx for the above link azskeptic.

    I thought it was almost laughable that the $15 000 CDN/year for tuition was described as "crushing". Wonder what these people who wrote this would think of the almost obscene amounts that Canadian IMGs pay in order to pursue their dream in another country.

    Cheers all,

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