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 in order for you to make informed decisions regarding your next steps and career pathway now that you are here in Canada. The NMO is open to new members, returning members, and to anyone interested in becoming a member of AIMGA. This session is typically held on a monthly basis.
Date/Time Event
June 3, 2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO) - Online
June 17, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO) - Online
July 8, 2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO) - Online
August 5, 2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO) - Online
August 19, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Member Orientation (NMO) - Online

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. Effective April 1st, AIMGA's BLS course will be a fee-for-service course and cost $100.
No scheduled programs

CaRMS Preparation Program

This program assists IMGs to understand the underlying principles and values of the Canadian healthcare system and the essential skills and attributes required to function effectively as a physician within the Canadian context. This training is highly recommended for those applying for residency through CaRMS or for the Practice Readiness Assessment route or for the Alberta Clinical and Surgical Assistant Program (ACSAP) as it provides information relevant to working within the Canadian healthcare system. It also includes details on the CaRMS and other application processes, resumes, personal statements, and interviews. Programming as of April 1st, 2020 will be posted at a later date. This course has typically been offered leading up to the CaRMS application cycle.
No scheduled programs

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 especially for improving writing scores will be reviewed 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 is spent on the area of writing as this is the area most IMGs struggle with to meet the language proficiency requirements set by regulatory bodies in Alberta. Effective April 1st, 2020 this will be a fee-for-service program. The cost will be $250 per course and a minimum of 10 participants will be required.
Date/Time Event
June 2, 2020 - July 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
IELTS Preparation Course

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. This course is held after the NAC OSCE in the fall. Effective April 1st, this will be a fee-for-service program and cost $250. More information to follow at a later date.
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. Effective April 1st, this program will be offered on a fee-for-service basis and cost $750 per participant (based on a total of 20 participants).
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 such as viewing a webinar at our office and discussing it afterwards. These sessions are offered monthly.
No scheduled programs

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 our study groups, those applying for CaRMs, those selected for residency, those seeking employment, and those interested in research or professional development.
Date/Time Event
June 2, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Netcare Training