Doctors Without Residency

This short documentary highlights how discrimination prevents foreign-trained doctors from practising in Canada – even after they've received their Canadian qualifications. Interviews with medical professionals and human rights advocates illustrate how systemic racism plays a role.

This film is part of the Work For All series, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

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Comments

  • dkbzns

    “This is retarded. The more that Canada needs doctors.. to replace its current backward thinking dinosaurs. One sign that those so called "better" doctors needs to be replaced - they have no foresight. They added new students but did not add teachers? WTH was that? Of course, more teachers means more budget for salaries and benefits, more supplies needed, more classrooms, more lab materials, etc. They want to spend maybe 10 - 100x more than what it takes to train a foreign graduate doctor. That is absurd, these canadian doctors need to be replaced for crippling the canadian health system. Do you know that doctors of a third world country are better doctors because they have practiced and mastered their so called "clinical eye". They dont need additional tests, or lab works to diagnose. They just use them to confirm and document. Think about it, a 1st world and 3rd world doctor exchange places and practices, who would have an easier time? And who would be seen crying his way home? A good analogy would be, If ou were to drive a 1960's model manual transmission car, no power steering or windows etc, and then you drive the newest MB, or BMW in what car would you have an easier time in? ” — dkbzns, 31 Mar 2012

  • Chapula

    “This documentary brings once again to the forefront a problem that has been with the Quebec medical"Establishment" for years,it was not addressed 40 years ago and will not be as long as this "discrimination" continues.Please Please all Quebecers who do not have a family doctor are saying,just give us a doctor,we will gladly explain our problems at greater lengths if we have to so that we are understood by these doctors who have received their training elsewhere but let them "in".we need them.” — Chapula, 16 Feb 2012

  • hany53

    “are you still reviewing my comment ?!!!!!... give those doctors a fair chance to express themselves, Did they came by themselves or the Canadian Government is the one inviting them to immigrate? Were they were wrong when they thought that they are leaving their underdeveloped countries to live the dream of liberal democracy and human rights ?.. please be fair to them ” — hany53, 9 Sep 2010

  • hany53

    “Canadian health system, office of immigration what is your expalanation to this real story. An IMG Obs & gyn specialist landed 2007, passed EE, QE1, QE2, fluent english, evaluated by Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA) and scored Practice ready level. The result is an interview once since one year ago 2009, the result of interview is: Sorry we did not take any one. Until now Sept. 2010 she got nothing. Although immigration authorities still announcing that Canada need Doctors to immigrate?..What is that, a scam to drain respected doctors from their money and damage their families for a fake dream. What do you need more from that doctor who passed all what your blind system to do. that doctor manage to find a Canadian company who are ready to sponsor her to get a temporary license. That requires an assessment for three months in any university, but they are rejecting her, why? why all your doors are closed? is it personal benefits of some doctors who want the system and its benefits closed on them regardless of the immigration office who is calling in everywhere in the world that canada needs doctors.. In same time the universities rejecting the IMG who came to be Canadian citizens, they are hugging all doctors in all specialities coming from Gulf region and after graduation they are not going to serve Canada.. Hey waiting for your reply that one talking non sense in the film.. sorry for being hot but any I am canadian and angry for the bad reputation of Canada ” — hany53, 8 Sep 2010

  • whisker

    “ I wish to comment on the fact that many foreign Dr.s are not granted priviledges to practice medicine in Canada - many have specialities that they have been practicing in & are not even allowed to work as a G.P. in Canada - I feel that the overworked & understaffed medical system in Canada has been granted a gift of these physicians wanting to practice in Canada. If they have passed the qualifications they should be given a special program to assess their clinical applications. It grieves me to see a foreign trained physician working as a care aide in a nursing home. It is time the College of Physicians & Surgeons across Canada reconsider their biast regulations .M. Degelman” — whisker, 26 May 2010

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Film Credits

writer
Tetchena Bellange
director
Tetchena Bellange
producer
Kat Baulu
director of photography
Stefan Verna
editor
Babalou Hamelin
participation
Comlan Amouzou
Réjean Hébert
Fo Niemi
Yves Robert
sound recording
Daniel Masse
music
Alain Auger
sound design
Don Ayer
narration
Tetchena Bellange
voice recording
Geoffrey Mitchell
mix
Luc Léger
consultant
Michael Wees

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