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The Journal Club (Fall)

Date/Time
September 5, 2020 - December 19, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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AIMGA is pleased to host a journal club for members who wish to maintain their clinical knowledge and skills through weekly review sessions with fellow members. The purpose of the journal club is to review, discuss and evaluate published articles. The sessions are moderated by one of our members with a background in research and Public Health.

Dr. Turin Chowdhury from Community Medicine, University of Calgary provides a monthly lecture to ensure you have a foundational understanding of research methodology, clinical epidemiology, and statistics to critically appraise articles. The club is also an excellent opportunity for an exchange of insights regarding clinical problems. Our current session is ongoing and members interested must join at the beginning of the course in order to fully benefit from this program. This is an excellent course for those interested in research opportunities and joining AIMGA’s research team.

If you are interested in joining our upcoming journal club and are looking to gain a foundational understanding of research methods and developing your critical appraisal skills to assess and interpret publications accurately, our next session will begin in September.

Please contact Shola at shola@aimga.ca or Monica at Monica@aimga.ca to be added to the waitlist for our upcoming journal club.

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Career Transition Program (CTP) – Fall 2020

Date/Time
September 19, 2020 - November 28, 2020
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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The Career Transition Program (CTP) IMGs has been made possible by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assist IMGs who are considering an alternative pathway into the Canadian health care system as a short or long-term career goal. There are 30 seats available in the program. These seats are open to IRCC eligible members (i.e. Permanent Residents).

The application deadline for this program is Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 11:59 PM!

The goals of the Career Transition Program are to:

  • increase IMGs’ overall knowledge and awareness of alternative career pathways through a series of employment-related workshops
  • provide IMGs with an opportunity to meet with fellow physicians in alternative careers and to obtain feedback from employment coaches and HR consultants
  • equip IMGs with the tools necessary to manage their own career paths
  • arrange a 50-hour job shadowing placement in an area participants wish to pursue

Program Components

Workshops

Workshops will take place on the Saturdays listed below, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Guest speakers and mentors will be incorporated into these workshops.

Week 1: September 19 Orientation to CTP

Week 2: September 26 Determining Your Skillset

Week 3: October 3 Mini Career Fair

Week 4: October 17 Skill-based Resume

Week 5: October 24 Networking for Success

Week 6: October 31 Interview Prep

Week 7: November 7 Mock Interview

Week 8: November 14 Importance of Teamwork

Week 9: November 21 Leadership and Conflict Management

Week 10: November 28 Factors of Success

Coaching

Each participant will have two individual coaching sessions to establish a career plan and next steps. Sessions will be conducted by an employment coach or HR specialist throughout the program. The schedule will vary based on the coach/participant’s availability.

Job shadowing

Each participant will have the opportunity to complete a 50-hour job shadowing placement to explore an area of interest. Schedules and times will vary and are based on the host/participant’s availability.

Application Information

Eligibility

To be considered for the program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an AIMGA member in good standing
  • Must be IRCC eligible (i.e., Permanent Resident)
  • Must be able to complete 80% of the program, which is equivalent to two absences
  • Must be committed to seeking employment or enrolling in an education program related to their alternative career path within the next six months
Funding

This program is funded by IRCC as it aligns with their commitment to support Permanent Residents in Canada. If you are a Canadian citizen interested in the program, we encourage you to apply and we will assess if we can fund your seat via other means.

Important dates

Thursday, September 3: Deadline to apply

Friday, September 4-11: Interviews via Zoom

Tuesday, September 15: Enrollment Confirmation via email

Saturday, September 19: First Day of Class

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa at teresa@aimga.ca

Bookings

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Currently 30 of 30 spaces have been booked for this program.

Only active members can make bookings for this program!
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Online bookings are not currently available.

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CaRMS Preparation Program (Cohort 2-Oct/Nov)

Date/Time
October 6, 2020 - November 10, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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The CaRMS Preparation Program (CPP) 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.

The 6 sessions are most suited for those who have already completed the NAC-OSCE exam and are applying for residency through CaRMS, the Practice Readiness Assessment, or an ACSAP as it provides details on practicing in Canada, physician roles and responsibilities including CanMEDs, the CaRMS application, your resume/CV, and writing personal statements so that you have the tools to successfully apply to CaRMs.

Please be aware that this course will require 2 -3 hours of additional time spent on assignments for each session.

The program is held on the following 6 Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm: October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and November 3rd, 10th.

Should the session be full and you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email Monica at monica@aimga.ca or Shola at shola@aimga.ca.

Bookings

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Currently 14 of 15 spaces have been booked for this program.

Only active members can make bookings for this program!
Please click here to sign up!

Online bookings are not currently available.

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CaRMS Preparation Program (Cohort 3-Oct/Nov)

Date/Time
October 7, 2020 - November 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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The CaRMS Preparation Program (CPP) 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.

The 6 sessions are most suited for those who have already completed the NAC-OSCE exam and are applying for residency through CaRMS, the Practice Readiness Assessment, or an ACSAP as it provides details on practicing in Canada, physician roles and responsibilities including CanMEDs, the CaRMS application, your resume/CV, and writing personal statements so that you have the tools to successfully apply to CaRMs.

Please be aware that this course will require 2 -3 hours of additional time spent on assignments for each session.

The program is held on the following 6 Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm: October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November 4th, 18th.

Should the session be full and you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email Monica at monica@aimga.ca or Shola at shola@aimga.ca.

Bookings

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Currently 16 of 16 spaces have been booked for this program.

Only active members can make bookings for this program!
Please click here to sign up!

Online bookings are not currently available.

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QE1 Study Group: Mondays

Date/Time
November 2, 2020 - November 30, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 Study Group is facilitated by a moderator to assist IMGs to prepare for this examination. The current moderator is Dr. Nuruddin Lakhani. These sessions are being offered online due to COVID-19.

The MCCQE Part I is a summative examination that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada. The examination is based on the MCC Objectives, which are organized under the CanMEDS roles. Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I normally enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the only national standard for medical schools across Canada and, therefore, is administered at the end of medical school.

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. Candidates have four hours in the morning to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions and up to three and a half hours in the afternoon for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions. For specialist IMGs, the QE1 requires a complete review of all areas of medicine.

AIMGA’s MCCQE1 study groups are offered throughout the year on a quarterly basis. AIMGA provides computer software study materials and other relevant resources as a means of preparation (i.e. UWorld, QBank, MCC Preparation materials).

Please note it is required that you register here on the website before accessing the study session with the following Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvfuuqrzwvG9BtEbDdXthkZjs_01Zx8VvK

Bookings

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Currently 83 of 100 spaces have been booked for this program.

Only active members can make bookings for this program!
Please click here to sign up!

Online bookings are not currently available.

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One-on-One Consultations with Tisha

Date/Time
November 2, 2020 - December 21, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Our staff is available to meet with members for the following purposes:

In general (30-minute consultations; information and orientation):
– to discuss your background training and experience;
– to provide guidance on pathways to licensure;
– to answer questions you may have about pathways to licensure, AIMGA’s services and programs, and other supports; and
– to determine your next step with regard to your goals.

Licensure Pathway Support (1-hour consultations):
Our AIMGA staff members are here to help you with your application to AIMGP, CaRMs, PRA-AB, other PRA programs in other provinces. These sessions are typically one-hour in length to assist you by reviewing application submissions, resumes, and personal statements for grammatical correctness and clarity. AIMGA also offers a CaRMS Preparation Program which we highly recommend for those applying to CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching System).

Employment Related Services (30-minute or 1-hour consultations):
Our AIMGA staff are here to help you achieve your employment goals. If you are looking for employment as a short-term or long-term goal, we are here to assist you. Support may include a discussion of your background, interests, and employment needs. Or, if you have a job you are interested in applying for, we can review your resume and/or cover letter for example. Or, if you’ve been called for an interview, book a mock interview session with us to help you prepare. We are also here to discuss other pathways in healthcare. If you are serious about exploring alternative career pathways in healthcare, we recommend you consider our Career Transition Program which will be offered in September and January.

To book a session with one of our staff members, click on the link below; https://aimga.ca/consultations-and-appointments/

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One-on-One Consultations with Deidre

Date/Time
November 3, 2020 - December 22, 2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Description

Our staff is available to meet with members for the following purposes:

In general (30-minute consultations; information and orientation):
– to discuss your background training and experience;
– to provide guidance on pathways to licensure;
– to answer questions you may have about pathways to licensure, AIMGA’s services and programs, and other supports; and
– to determine your next step with regard to your goals.

Licensure Pathway Support (1-hour consultations):
Our AIMGA staff members are here to help you with your application to AIMGP, CaRMs, PRA-AB, other PRA programs in other provinces. These sessions are typically one-hour in length to assist you by reviewing application submissions, resumes, and personal statements for grammatical correctness and clarity. AIMGA also offers a CaRMS Preparation Program which we highly recommend for those applying to CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching System).

Employment Related Services (30-minute or 1-hour consultations):
Our AIMGA staff are here to help you achieve your employment goals. If you are looking for employment as a short-term or long-term goal, we are here to assist you. Support may include a discussion of your background, interests, and employment needs. Or, if you have a job you are interested in applying for, we can review your resume and/or cover letter for example. Or, if you’ve been called for an interview, book a mock interview session with us to help you prepare. We are also here to discuss other pathways in healthcare. If you are serious about exploring alternative career pathways in healthcare, we recommend you consider our Career Transition Program which will be offered in September and January.

To book a session with one of our staff members, click the link below; https://aimga.ca/consultations-and-appointments/

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One-on-One Consultations with Katherine

Date/Time
November 3, 2020 - December 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Categories No Categories

Description

Our staff is available to meet with members for the following purposes:

In general (30-minute consultations; information and orientation):
– to discuss your background training and experience;
– to provide guidance on pathways to licensure;
– to answer questions you may have about pathways to licensure, AIMGA’s services and programs, and other supports; and
– to determine your next step with regard to your goals.

Licensure Pathway Support (1-hour consultations):
Our AIMGA staff members are here to help you with your application to AIMGP, CaRMs, PRA-AB, other PRA programs in other provinces. These sessions are typically one-hour in length to assist you by reviewing application submissions, resumes, and personal statements for grammatical correctness and clarity. AIMGA also offers a CaRMS Preparation Program which we highly recommend for those applying to CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching System).

Employment Related Services (30-minute or 1-hour consultations):
Our AIMGA staff are here to help you achieve your employment goals. If you are looking for employment as a short-term or long-term goal, we are here to assist you. Support may include a discussion of your background, interests, and employment needs. Or, if you have a job you are interested in applying for, we can review your resume and/or cover letter for example. Or, if you’ve been called for an interview, book a mock interview session with us to help you prepare. We are also here to discuss other pathways in healthcare. If you are serious about exploring alternative career pathways in healthcare, we recommend you consider our Career Transition Program which will be offered in September and January.

To book a session with one of our staff members, click on the link below; https://aimga.ca/consultations-and-appointments/

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New Member Orientation

Date/Time
November 4, 2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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AIMGA hosts a New Member Orientation (NMO) which is a mandatory orientation for all new AIMGA members. The New Member Orientation provides you with an overview of the pathways to licensure and as well as an overview of upcoming AIMGA programs and services. The purpose of this session is to provide you with an understanding of AIMGA and to help you determine which pathways are most suitable for you and your next steps in the process.

This session will be held online via Zoom. You can start by downloading http://Zoom.us

Once downloaded, you’ll click the link below to join the meeting.

Enter link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudu6tqzsuG9Zoozbzkhq50KyC-uY6MPuR

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You will need to enter the meeting ID and password you receive to join. Participants will be muted during the information portion. You can unmute yourself at any time to ask questions. Also, if you can start your video so you can see each other during the Q&A portion, it is welcomed as it is nice to be able to see each other online since we cannot meet in-person.

This session will be facilitated by our AIMGA staff.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Program Administrators:

Edmonton: Monica Spencer; Phone: (587) 524-2750; Email: monica@aimga.ca

Calgary: Shola Adelakun; Phone: (403) 520-7730; Email: shola@aimga.ca

 

Bookings

Status
Currently 11 of 15 spaces have been booked for this program.

Only active members can make bookings for this program!
Please click here to sign up!

Online bookings are not currently available.

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QE1 Study Group: Wednesdays

Date/Time
November 4, 2020 - November 25, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Description

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 Study Group is facilitated by a moderator to assist IMGs to prepare for this examination. The current moderator is Dr. Nuruddin Lakhani. These sessions are being offered online due to COVID-19.

The MCCQE Part I is a summative examination that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada. The examination is based on the MCC Objectives, which are organized under the CanMEDS roles. Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I normally enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the only national standard for medical schools across Canada and, therefore, is administered at the end of medical school.

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. Candidates have four hours in the morning to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions and up to three and a half hours in the afternoon for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions. For specialist IMGs, the QE1 requires a complete review of all areas of medicine.

AIMGA’s MCCQE1 study groups are offered throughout the year on a quarterly basis. AIMGA provides computer software study materials and other relevant resources as a means of preparation (i.e. UWorld, QBank, MCC Preparation materials).

Please note it is required that you register here on the website before accessing the study session with the following Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvfuuqrzwvG9BtEbDdXthkZjs_01Zx8VvK

 

Bookings

Status
Currently 65 of 100 spaces have been booked for this program.

Only active members can make bookings for this program!
Please click here to sign up!

Online bookings are not currently available.

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