The Ontario IMG School was established by Dr. Cyrus Salimi in May 2001. As an International Medical Graduate (IMG) himself, Dr. Salimi experienced all the difficulties that an IMG encounters through the rigorous process of application for medical status within the Canadian healthcare system. After passing the required exams and becoming admitted into the system, Dr. Salimi decided to share his experience with other IMGs. By assisting IMGs through the doctor-patient encounter aspect of the exam, which arguably has been the most competitive part of the Canadian process for international doctors, Dr. Salimi has indeed made a difference for all international doctors seeking admission into the medical field in their new home.
The Ontario IMG School has offered a variety of courses and seminars in the past ranging from OSCE preparation courses to written exams preparation courses and has held information sessions on “Residency Interview Skills,” “Ethics,” and “Canadian Style of Communication,” with a great success rate. All the sessions are held at a conveniently located centre in downtown Toronto that is easily accessible by public transportation.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Dr. Cyrus Salimi is a graduate of The University of Tehran who moved to Canada to pursue his medical career in the mid-1990's. At that time, only 24 positions were available for the IMGs in Ontario which made it very challenging for IMGs to enter the system. After experiencing a lot of disappointment, most IMGs gave up. Dr. Salimi pursued his goals knowing that it might be difficult challenge. As he puts it: “Sometimes I thought I should give up, but something inside me told me to keep going.” After passing the required exams for IMGs, Dr. Salimi was admitted to McMaster University and finished his specialty training in Internal Medicine. He then further advanced his career by obtaining a sub-specialty training position in Rheumatology at McMaster University. To date, he has helped hundreds of IMGs pass their Canadian exams and enter the system successfully.