With Canada’s doctor shortage still dire, medical authorities are under constant pressure to let more foreign-trained medical graduates work here as physicians. But two new studies point to a significant roadblock: close to half of those who make it past rigorous screening and into family-medicine post-graduate training fail to pass their certification exams.
Researchers and officials stress that the findings do not suggest Canada should turn its back on foreign-trained MDs who settle here — especially since they save taxpayers the substantial cost of medical school education — but that more needs to be done to help them become full-fledged Canadian physicians.
Although the two studies, just published in the journal Canadian Family Physician, are the first to expose the problem widely, the phenomenon has been well-known within the medical community, doctors say.
The article mentions that one of the solutions to the problem is to only accept graduates from internationally accredited universities. Sounds like a good idea.
I have some solutions of my own. How about building more medical schools (and close a few law schools in the process) to train Canadians to meet the nation's needs instead of poaching the developing world of its much needed medical staff; which is what we are doing right now.
A much more practical and achievable solution is to cut immigration numbers and cut off the importation or aged parents and other sickly relatives. What has not been fully investigated is the effects mass immigration has had on wait times and on an increasing patient to doctor ratio. Nor do we fully understand the financial strain mass immigration is having on Canada's public health care system. Given recent immigrants diminishing economic performance immigration may very well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I don't think Canadians want to sacrifice their health care system for the superficial novelties of a multiculturalism policy dependent on mass immigration.