News Release - November 27, 2006
SASKATCHEWAN SUPPORTS INTERNATIONALLY EDUCATED DOCTORS
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing more than $115,000 to help International Medical Graduates (IMGs) prepare for licensing examinations, residency training or practice in the province.
"Trained and experienced physicians are instrumental in making life better for Saskatchewan families and building a future here for our young people," Advanced Education and Employment Minister Pat Atkinson said. "The commitment and collaboration of governments, regulatory bodies, educational institutions and physicians is critical to enabling International Medical Graduates to practice medicine in Saskatchewan."
"Internationally trained physicians have a great deal to offer the people of this province," Health Minister Len Taylor said. "This program is another in a series of many initiatives being undertaken by our government to address shortages of key health providers and improve care for the people of Saskatchewan."
The Province is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine to establish a program that, when fully implemented, will be a comprehensive, integrated and flexible program that is unique to Saskatchewan.
The program will be delivered through the College of Medicine, and the first components will be offered early in 2007. The funding provided this year will be used to:
• establish an IMG Co-ordinator position at the College of Medicine; and
• develop and deliver key units of a new exam preparation course at the College of Medicine.
"The University of Saskatchewan is pleased to partner with the government in creating opportunities for the many capable internationally educated physicians living in our communities," University of Saskatchewan Provost and Vice-President Academic Michael Atkinson said. "The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan will play a key role in the implementation of a comprehensive program aimed at increasing the number of medical practitioners in our province."
Medical education began at the University of Saskatchewan in 1926 and the College developed into a medical degree granting institution in 1953. University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine staff, faculty and alumni have been recognized internationally and have made strong contributions to the medical community.
"This is really good news for the unlicensed IMGs in Saskatchewan," Saskatchewan International Medical Graduates Association President Dr. Lado Kenyi said. "It is also good news for the people of Saskatchewan, because this program will go a long way to alleviate the doctor shortage problem in the province. We appreciate and thank the government and the College of Medicine of University of Saskatchewan for the positive move."
This initiative is part of the Province's immigration strategy to support increased immigration to Saskatchewan and enhance settlement and integration services for newcomers. In 2006-07, the provincial government invested $6.3 million in immigration, up from $1.7 million the previous year.
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