ERIC Number: EJ1178075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Ryerson University's Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Bridging Program: Preliminary Results from a Pilot Program
Bhuiyan, Shafi U.
Journal of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education, v3 n1 2018
Although Canada is home to a large number of internationally educated health professionals, their skills and experiences are grossly underutilized in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Barriers to medical practice are pervasive, and as a result, the majority of internationally trained medical doctors (ITMDs) work in "survival" jobs significantly below their skill level. The pilot ITMD Bridging Program was developed to offer an alternative path for ITMDs by providing the skills and competencies required for non-licensed health-sector employment, ultimately aiming to improve the integration of ITMDs into the Canadian workforce. This secondary research evaluates the ITMD Bridging Program by assessing its impact at individual and societal, including economic, levels. Qualitative and quantitative data were used to evaluate the program's individual and societal impact. Secondary data from participants' entry and exit surveys, as well as key informant interviews conducted with ITMDs upon program completion, were used for the analysis. The economic impact of the program and its overall utility to the economy of Ontario were assessed through a literature review and a social rate of return analysis. ITMD program participants reported substantial improvements in skills related to each of the core courses, including health research methods, health informatics and data management, fundamentals of project management, as well as healthcare professionals' communication and leadership skills. ITMDs also perceived the program to be a viable option to address wasted human potential, enhance the economy, develop individual capacity building, and alleviate frustrations associated with labour market exclusion. The program is economically viable at the societal level and represents a 6.52% rate of return. The ITMD Bridging Program has demonstrated that providing non-licensed health-sector employment is a viable option for policymakers to consider in their efforts to address the current waste of expertise in the Ontario healthcare sector. Bridging programs similar to the ITMD Bridging Program have the capacity to impact individual outcomes for ITMDs, the economic landscape in Ontario, and Canada at large.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Medical Education, Education Work Relationship, Transitional Programs, Pilot Projects, Physicians, Universities, Medical Students, Foreign Nationals, Capacity Building, Employment, Immigrants, Allied Health Personnel, Surveys, Interviews, Cost Effectiveness
Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. c/o CAUCE Secretariat at Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, 475 Williams Building, 221 Cumberland Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3, Canada. Tel: 306-966-5582; Fax: 306-966-5590; e-mail; https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jpcoe/index.php/jpcoe/index
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A