The Medical License Bridging Program has been designed to assist International Medical Doctors (IMD) throughout Eastern Ontario. The program is comprised of interactive workshops and Observerships and more than 120 hours in length. Workshops are held in Ottawa and the Observerships are arranged in health care facilities throughout Eastern Ontario. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) training and mock testing are delivered in partnership with the University of Ottawa - Faculty of Medicine.
1. Canadian Medical Workplace Culture:
- Ethical aspects of practice
- Legal aspects of practice
- Organizational aspects of practice
- Community health
2. Patient Interaction and Communication in Canadian Medical Practice:
- Patient-centered care
- Systematic approaches to doctor-patient encounters
- Overcoming language barriers
- Overcoming cultural barriers
- Integrating legal and ethical knowledge into interviews
- Communication challenges (sexual history, cross-cultural interviews, inter-professional conflict, etc.)
3. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE):
Clinical case scenarios with standardized patients and physician feedback. The workshop includes in-class instruction, coached role-plays, individual videotaped performances on rehearsed medical cases and mock OSCE testing in a medical evaluation setting.
4. Clinical Exposure - Observership:
- 10 days in-clinic exposure under the supervision of a Canadian medical licensed doctor.
5. Support Services:
- Individual counselling and support services provided by dedicated Bridging Program staff.
- Guidance and support offered in document submission, preparation of effective Curriculum Vitae, and Personal Statements.
- One-on-one and panel medical residency mock interviews.