Ministry Reports

Independent Review of Access to Postgraduate Programs by
International Medical Graduates in Ontario

by George Thomson and Karen Cohl

September 2011

In October 2010, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, with administrative support from the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), commissioned former provincial court judge George Thomson and Karen Cohl to conduct an independent review of the selection process that international medical graduates (IMGs) undergo at Ontario's faculties of medicine.

IMGs are individuals who have completed an medical degree outside Canada or the United States. IMGs have varying levels of training and experience, and may seek to practise in Ontario at different points in their careers.

The purpose of the review was to identify barriers that may exist and recommend potential solutions for IMGs looking for postgraduate training and assessment opportunities in Ontario. The review was commissioned as part of the government's effort to improve access for qualified internationally trained physicians who wish to practise medicine in Ontario.

The ministry and the COU are reviewing the report and its recommendations, and are committed to working together to improve fair access to postgraduate medical training and assessment opportunities for IMGs.

The full report is available for download in PDF format below :

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IMG SELECTION: Independent Review of Access to Postgraduate Programs by International Medical Graduates in Ontario

Volume 1: Findings and Recommendations (PDF)

Volume 2: Analysis and Background (PDF)

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