Programs, Courses, and Events

Index

New Member Orientation (NMO)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
CaRMS Preparation Program
IELTS Preparation Program
MMI Preparation Course
OSCE Preparation Course
Lunch and Learn
Special Events

New Member Orientation (NMO)

AIMGA hosts a New Member Orientation (NMO) which is mandatory for all new AIMGA members. The NMO provides an overview of the pathways to licensure and their requirements as well as an overview of all AIMGA services and programs. The purpose of this session is to provide an understanding of AIMGA and to help determine which pathways and programs are most suitable and your next steps towards licensure.
Date/Time Event
October 2, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
New Member Orientation-NMO
AIMGA Calgary, Calgary AB
October 3, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB
November 7, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB
December 3, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB

Basic Life Support (BLS)

The Basic Life Support Certification for Health Professionals (BLS) is a mandatory certification for all who work in the Alberta healthcare system. It is based on the Heart and Stroke Foundation curriculum used for the training of health care providers. BLS is delivered by certified instructors. Participants receive a certificate after successful completion of the exam at the end of the session.
Date/Time Event
September 24, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB
October 6, 2019
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Basic Life Support Certification(BLS)
AIMGA Calgary, Calgary AB
October 24, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB
December 19, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB
February 20, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
AIMGA Edmonton, Edmonton AB

CaRMS Preparation Program

The CaRMS Preparation Program (formerly known as Career Enhancement Training) assists IMGs to understand the organizational structure of the Canadian healthcare system and the essential skills and knowledge required to function as a physician within that system. This training is highly recommended for those applying for residency through CaRMS (Practice Readiness Assessment or ACSAP) as it provides details on the CaRMS application process including CanMEDS, CVs, Personal Statements, and residency interviews.
Date/Time Event
October 8, 2019 - October 24, 2019
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
CaRMS Preparation Program (CPP)
AIMGA Calgary, Calgary AB
October 21, 2019 - November 6, 2019
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
CaRMS Preparation Program (CPP)
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Edmonton

IELTS Preparation Program

The IELTS preparation course at AIMGA is designed for IMGs who need to enhance their language skills and develop test-taking strategies in order to achieve the required IELTS score and meet the language proficiency requirements for the licensure process. The course content mirrors the IELTS Academic specific language tasks with a focus on each of the language skills. The problems with grammar and sentence structure needed for success in IELTS and turning out to be essential especially for improving writing scores will be discussed in details within the context of these tasks. Practice tests will be included and emphasis will be on common errors for IMG test takers in all strands: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. Additional time will be spent on the area of writing.
No scheduled programs

MMI Preparation Course

The Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) Preparation Course is a 2-day preparation course. The first day includes an educational component where candidates are exposed to different question types and strategies for responding. This session includes various sample scenarios. The second day includes a mock MMI where candidates are evaluated and videotaped. This session ends with a group feedback session where examiners are asked to share their observations and provide tips for success on the MMI.
No scheduled programs

OSCE Preparation Course

The OSCE Preparation Course is a 2-day preparation program. The first day includes an overview of the exam, a hands-on workshop focused on scenario-based training to practice clinical, procedural, and communication skills. The second day includes a mock OSCE where candidates are rated by examiners using clinical and communication checklists. Performances are videotaped for educational and preparation purposes. Following the mock exam, there is a group feedback session where examiners share their observations and provide tips and strategies for success on the OSCE.
No scheduled programs

Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn and Networking sessions are informal sessions for our members to network with one another and to learn about a topic of interest. Sessions may be related to an upcoming program, a research study being conducted, a support service, a community based program, or an activity to facilitate discussion. These sessions are offered monthly.
Date/Time Event
September 25, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Challenging Our Story of Canada: Timeline Activity
Idylwylde Edmonton Public Library (Bonnie Doon), Edmonton Alberta
October 2, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch & Learn: Sexual Assault and Consent in Canada
Idylwylde Edmonton Public Library (Boonie Doon), Edmonton Alberta

Special Events

AIMGA offers a variety of lectures, workshops, and other special events throughout the year based on the needs of IMGs. These include workshops to support study groups, those applying for CaRMs, those selected for residency, and those interested in research or professional development.
No scheduled programs