Saskatchewan-Based Assessment of Family Medicine International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Questions and Answers for IMGs
Q3. Â Who administer’s it?
The College of Medicine; University of Saskatchewan.
Q4. Â What’s wrong with the old assessment?
ï‚· Communities and physicians said that the disruption to health care delivery is Â a largeÂ problem as it relates to the previous licensure and assessment process.
ï‚· IMGs have been assessed after practice has begun. Â This creates aÂ disruptive and uncomfortable situation where physicians are needing to prepare for the assessment process even while they’re building their practice and are required to leave the province for severalÂ weeks for the assessment. Sometimes, physicians have had to leave theirÂ practice after receiving a negative assessment and the following changes in licensure. Â This has been very disruptive to patients, Â their communities and physician practices.
Q5. Â Who is eligible for the assessment?
To be eligible for the assessment, the IMGs must:
ï‚· first be granted eligibility for an educational license by the College of Physicians andÂ Surgeons of Saskatchewan (Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam and anÂ English language proficiency exam); and
ï‚· be accepted into the Saskatchewan’s assessment by the College of Medicine; and
ï‚· have a work permit; and
ï‚· have a signed return-of-service contract with the Ministry of Health and a regionalÂ health authority in Saskatchewan. Further Details will be forthcoming.
Q6. Â Will IMGs be compensated while taking the assessment?
IMGs who have met the above criteria will be eligible for compensation during theÂ period of assessment and orientation. Â Those who pass this centralizedÂ assessment will be eligible for compensation during their clinical field assessment Â which runs forÂ three to 12 weeks maximum.
Q7. What’s the compensation rate?
ï‚· IMGs are compensated $1,015 per week from a health region for each week.
ï‚· Additionally, IMG’s receive free accommodation during their centralized andÂ clinical field assessment.
ï‚· IMGs don’t need to pay overhead to the assessing physicianâ€™s clinic during
the clinical field assessment.
ï‚· IMGs are responsible for travel costs Â while in the province.
Q8. Â Will the assessors be paid? Â If so, how much?
ï‚· Assessors receive a weekly stipend of $1,400. Â Assessors are not allowed toÂ charge IMGs during the clinical field assessment process.
Q9. Â When are the assessments?
ï‚· January, May and September of each year.