Alberta International Medical Graduates Association (AIMGA) is comprised of doctors trained or educated in countries other than Canada, as well as individuals and organizations interested in the challenges facing International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in Alberta. For more than 16 years, AIMGA has been committed to the recognition of those skills and experiences physicians have gained outside of Canada without comprising current Canadian medical ideals or standards, and in so doing integrate IMGs into the Alberta health care system – all within a significantly changing social, economic and political environment.
Vision and Mission
The vision of AIMGA is improved healthcare through the re-engagement of internationally educated physicians in Canada.
The purpose of AIMGA is to support internationally educated physicians as they complete their professional requirements necessary to practice in Canada.
Our vision is to integrate IMGs into the Alberta Health Care System, thus working towards the benefit of the growing population of Alberta.
The programs and services are provided according to the AIMGA values and beliefs and the needs of our members. These include:
- International educated physicians represent a skilled and professional workforce that can support and improve the health care system in Alberta
- The re-engagement of internally educated physicians can strengthen the ability of Alberta’s health care system to meet the needs of increasingly culturally diverse populations
- Collaboration with key stakeholders and other service providers is critical to respond effectively and transparently to meet the needs of our members
- Best practices in programming and resource development are designed to respond to the ever-changing context of our healthcare system
In the spring of 2000, the Department of Family Practice at the University of Alberta, in partnership with the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW), conducted a survey to build the profile of unlicensed IMGs in the Alberta. Following the survey, ANIW organized focus groups in Calgary and Edmonton. At the focus group discussions, it was decided that ANIW would assist the IMGs to form a support group. It was there that the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association was born. The first meeting of AIMGA was held in December 2000. AIMGA was later incorporated under the Society’s Act as a non-profit organization.