Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting of SOCASMA

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The 2017 AGM will be held soon: Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 Time:  6:45 PM Place:  West Point Grey United Church at 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC                  Between Tolmie and Sasamat Please RSVP to SOCASMA@outlook.com

2017 Summer Informational Meeting

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SUMMER INFORMATION MEETING. We will be having our summer meeting for CSAs and family members. Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017; Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: West Point Grey United Church at 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Between Tolmie and Sasamat. We will discuss the new mandatory Clinical Assessment Program which will likely impede many–not all– CSAs […]

SOCASMA goes National–New Constitution

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Constitution of  The Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad     Name The name of the society is The Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad.   Purposes The purposes of the Society are: To assist Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad (current medical students and graduates) to obtain postgraduate medical training in preparation for practicing medicine in […]

Follow our Facebook Page where we post information for CSAs regularly

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Current Information for CSAs is posted on our Facebook Page:  Society of Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad.   Our website contains basic general information for the general public and other postings for Members Only.  We encourage all CSAs to follow our Facebook page where we try to share information relevant to students and residents.

Powerpoints for CSAs posted

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Powerpoint presentations for Members.  The Powerpoint presentation, Information for CSAs, from the November 21, 2016 AGM has been posted in the members only section.  So has the Powerpoint presentation providing advice for the USMLEs.  If there is any difficulty with accessing these, please let us know at socasma@outlook.com.

Updated Memberships

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Updated Memberships:  We have now completed entry of all new and renewed memberships in SOCASMA since our Annual General Meeting.  If you are unable to log in to socasma.com as a member and are a member, please email us at socasma@outlook.com and we will attend to the problem.

Information for CSAs – update from Aug 2016 meeting

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Information for CSAs – PowerPoint presentation from our Aug 2016 meeting has been posted in our Resources for members only section.

Minutes of August 18, 2015 meeting

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Minutes are available to members only under “Directors Reports”.

Job Opportunity for CSA medical student or graduate

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Full Time Opportunity for a Medical School Student or Graduate who is between studies  medskl.com – a worldwide FOAMed initiative that will be launched later this year – is looking for an strong medical school student to help with medical editing and writing. This is a full time opportunity; it is suitable for a student taking […]

New Practice Ready Program

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Practice Ready Program.  There has been some concern by our members that CSAs who have taken residency training in places recognized by the CPSBC, RCPSC, and CFPC would have another hurdle to overcome with the inception of this new program.  That is not the case.  Here is Health Match BC’s explanation of the program. The […]

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  1. Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting of SOCASMA

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    The 2017 AGM will be held soon:

    Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Time:  6:45 PM

    Place:  West Point Grey United Church at 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

                     Between Tolmie and Sasamat

    Please RSVP to SOCASMA@outlook.com

  2. 2017 Summer Informational Meeting

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    SUMMER INFORMATION MEETING. We will be having our summer meeting for CSAs and family members.
    Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017;
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: West Point Grey United Church at 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
    Between Tolmie and Sasamat.
    We will discuss the new mandatory Clinical Assessment Program which will likely impede many–not all– CSAs from competing in BC in the year of graduation again.
    We will also discuss other things that CSAs need to know to increase their chances of matching in Canada and the US.
    Please tell your friends and family to attend on your behalf if you cannot make it.
    RSVP: socasma@outlook.com
  3. SOCASMA goes National–New Constitution

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    Constitution of  The Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad

     

     

    Name

    The name of the society is The Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad.

     

    Purposes

    The purposes of the Society are:

    To assist Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad (current medical students and graduates) to obtain postgraduate medical training in preparation for practicing medicine in Canada by:

    (a)   promoting fair and equal opportunity for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad to compete for all medical residency positions in Canada on the same basis as medical students from Canadian and American medical schools;

    (b)   enforcing access to postgraduate medical training in Canada consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the United Nations Declaration of Rights, and principles of administrative law and justice;

    (c)   removing of barriers to the return to Canada of Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad for post graduate medical training, including the discriminatory imposition of return of service obligations as a condition of accessing postgraduate medical training;

    (d)   providing information, advice and support to Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad in their efforts to obtain postgraduate medical training in Canada, the United States and elsewhere, including overcoming barriers imposed or condoned by the provincial, territorial and federal governments of Canada as well as the provincial medical regulatory bodies;

    (e)   obtaining relief from debts incurred by Canadian Medical Students Abroad to fund their medical studies abroad.

     

    1. To enhance health care in Canada by:

    (a)   fostering recognition that Canadian Medical Students Studying Abroad, and Canadian graduates of international medical schools generally are equal members of Canadian society who can provide high quality, valuable, and cost-effective physician services for Canada;

    (b)   working to eliminate oppression, stereotyping and prejudice against international medical students and graduates;

    (c)   promoting high quality health care in Canada by selecting qualified Canadians for postgraduate training on the basis of individual characteristics, knowledge, and skills relevant to the practice of medicine, not on their place of graduation;

    (d) promoting freedom, equality and opportunity to practice medicine in Canada for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad and for Canadians who have graduated in medicine abroad, consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the United Nations Declaration of Rights, and principles of fundamental justice and fairness;

    (e)   assisting Canadians who are studying medicine abroad, or who have graduated in medicine abroad, by improving access to postgraduate medical training in Canada, by facilitating the repatriation to Canada of Canadian doctors who have trained abroad, and by working to remove unjustified and discriminatory barriers to licensing and practice in Canada;

    (f)   seeking additional funding for postgraduate medical training in Canada in order to increase the capacity in Canada to provide such training to Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad, and to Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada who have graduated in medicine abroad; and

    (g)   working with governments, medical schools and other institutions and persons to address the shortfall of doctors in Canada.

  4. Follow our Facebook Page where we post information for CSAs regularly

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    Current Information for CSAs is posted on our Facebook Page:  Society of Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad.   Our website contains basic general information for the general public and other postings for Members Only.  We encourage all CSAs to follow our Facebook page where we try to share information relevant to students and residents.

  5. Powerpoints for CSAs posted

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    Powerpoint presentations for Members.  The Powerpoint presentation, Information for CSAs, from the November 21, 2016 AGM has been posted in the members only section.  So has the Powerpoint presentation providing advice for the USMLEs.  If there is any difficulty with accessing these, please let us know at socasma@outlook.com.

  6. Updated Memberships

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    Updated Memberships:  We have now completed entry of all new and renewed memberships in SOCASMA since our Annual General Meeting.  If you are unable to log in to socasma.com as a member and are a member, please email us at socasma@outlook.com and we will attend to the problem.

  7. Information for CSAs – update from Aug 2016 meeting

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    Information for CSAs – PowerPoint presentation from our Aug 2016 meeting has been posted in our Resources for members only section.

  8. Minutes of August 18, 2015 meeting

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    Minutes are available to members only under “Directors Reports”.

  9. Job Opportunity for CSA medical student or graduate

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    Full Time Opportunity for a Medical School Student or Graduate who is between studies

     medskl.com – a worldwide FOAMed initiative that will be launched later this year – is looking for an strong medical school student to help with medical editing and writing. This is a full time opportunity; it is suitable for a student taking a break or a gap year who wanted to contribute something significant to an innovative medical education initiative that will have global impact.

    Being a medical editor for medskl.com will allow you to:

    • work along side with over 130 doctors of North America’s leading medical educators
    • teach clinical medicine to students and doctors around the world through the web, iPhones and Android devices and
    • work in an innovative, free-thinking environment with a very talented team of medical doctors, animators, videographers and programmers.
    The successful applicant will have strong written and oral communication skills, be able to work in a team and have a strong work ethic and initiative. The successful applicant will also be willing to relocate to Kingston Ontario as the team is based there at the Hotel Dieu Hospital.

    If you are interested please submit a short note outlining why you are interested in the position, your strengths that you would bring to the team and previous experience that might be beneficial to the initiative. Please send expressions of interested directly to Dr Sanjay Sharma, the Editor-in-Chief of medskl.com at drsharma@insidermedicine.com

     

  10. New Practice Ready Program

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    Practice Ready Program.  There has been some concern by our members that CSAs who have taken residency training in places recognized by the CPSBC, RCPSC, and CFPC would have another hurdle to overcome with the inception of this new program.  That is not the case.  Here is Health Match BC’s explanation of the program.

    The Practice Ready Assessment BC program is similar to programs that have operated in other provinces for some years. It is a collaboration between the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues representing the Government of British Columbia and Doctors of BC, and the University of British Columbia in partnership with British Columbia’s health authorities and Health Match BC.  It is modeled on the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program and meets or exceeds the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) requirements of the Medical Council of Canada. However, each province is responsible for establishing its own requirements for entry to its program.  The College of Physician and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) establishes the requirements for licensure in this province, so the PRABC aligns its rotation requirements with the requirements of the CPSBC.

     

    It is a competency assessment pathway to licensure for some internationally-trained family physicians who appear to meet the requirements for licensure in BC, but who obtained some or all of their medical training in countries where an applicant’s medical credentials cannot be assessed by our regulatory authorities through their normal processes. PRABC is not a training program. Participants must have completed all of their post-graduate training before applying.

     

    Participants must pass a Therapeutics Exam, Objective Structured Competency Assessment (OSCE) and a Clinical Field Assessment (CFA) under the direct supervision of fully licensed physicians, who have received special assessor training, over a four month period. If successful, the PRABC participant will be granted a provisional license by the CPSBC.  For the first three years of practice on a provisional license they must work in a designated rural community of need. They must then complete all their necessary examinations for full licensure, usually within five years.

     

    It has always been the case that the College of Physician and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC), College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) recognized the licensure of physicians who obtain their medical education and post-graduate training from specific countries (most notably the UK, Ireland, Australia and the United States) as long as their post-graduate training included rotations in the same clinical areas required of a Canadian-trained physician.  This has not changed.  Before the PRABC pilot program existed, internationally-trained and licensed physicians who did not meet the basic CPSBC credential criteria would be denied a license.