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Canadian and Australian licensing policies for international medical graduates a web-based comparison

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Pamela McgrathPamela Mcgrath, A Wong, Hamish HolewaHamish Holewa
Context: The increasing global mobility of physicians and severe physician shortages of many countries has led to an increasing reliance on International Medical Graduates (IMGs) by countries including Australia and Canada. Objectives: A web-based comparison of licensing policies for IMGs in Australia and Canada to inform and improve policies in each country. Methods: The research involved identification of relevant government and medical regulatory bodies’ official websites documenting information on the licensing process for IMGs from each respective country; in-depth examination and comparison of the licensing processes outlined on these sites; and compilation of a comprehensive list of similarities and differences. Findings: While difficult entry requirements are imposed in Canada, once full registration is achieved IMGs have the same membership rights as Canadian medical graduates and their separate status (nominally) ends. In Australia, IMGs are allowed relatively easy access to temporary or conditional licenses, especially in designated underserviced areas or areas of need in order to fulfil resource demands. However IMGs are predominantly restricted to practise in limited and less prestigious positions within the medical hierarchy. Discussion: The Canadian process for recertifying IMGs can be characterized as being based on the integration/assimilation ofIMGs with domestically trained doctors. In contrast, Australia has pursued a different strategy of parallelism of its IMGs.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

24

Issue

1

Start Page

452

End Page

465

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1469-5804

ISSN

1357-6283

Location

India

Publisher

Medknow Publications

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Education for Health: change in learning and practice