Canadian Immersions

The Canadian immersion program for foreign healthcare professionals was started in 2012 and allows a partner from a hosting community to partake into a specifically tailored 4-week-long program in Canada. The internship likely covers a health care topic that is relevant to his job in the community where he is from.

This project is still a pilot project and will be financed entirely by the SCOI. Housing, transportation and the internship fees will be covered using the small profit generated by the trainings given in Québec.

The Canadian immersion program plans on hosting a participant between June and October 2015.

Objectives of the program

  • Offer to our partners across the globe an experience comparable to the one we offer Quebec students, in the goal of bilateral equity.
  • Allow the candidates to live an enriching experience and to explore a different reality in order to generate new ideas, learn new ways and inspire them to pursue their projects upon getting back to their communities.
  • Stimulate the participants, who were previously identified as leaders in their community, to develop a critical and innovative thinking in their field of expertise in order to generate local positive consequences into the communities, hoping to improve the healthcare delivery.

Selection process

Over the many years of collaboration, many local workers have shown a great deal of leadership and interest into the organization of healthcare, medical education, preventive medicine and for public health in Canada.

Considering the logistical challenge that regarding bringing a foreign healthcare professional in Canada, we have decided to do a continue the pilot of the program this year and offer this opportunity to one professional.

According to the evaluation of the pilot, the SCOI will decide to make it a renewable program or not. Over the next years, we will build an online application system in order to make the selection process democratic.

Involvement in Quebec

Are you interested to host participants or to become a contact person for the length of their stay?

Are you a healthcare professional interested to host and offer the foreign HCP the opportunity to see your practice and job?

Are you simply interested in getting more information?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the SCOI team.

For more information

Yassen Tcholakov
Coordinator of the SCOI Canadian immersion program for foreign healthcare professionals
canada.scoi@ifmsa.qc.ca