Dr. Fariba Bashiri is a graduate of The University of Tabriz who finished her MD. with distinguished honors. She practiced as a General practitioner and University Associate before moving to Canada in 2011. She has engaged in a variety of medical and educational activities including volunteering in Toronto’s clinics. In May 2018 she was appointed as the administrator and coordinator of the overseas programs of the Ontario IMG School. Through the overseas programs, we will be holding seminars and teaching sessions for those IMGs who are in the process of immigrating to Canada but they are not physically in Canada yet. These seminars will help those physicians prepare themselves for the Canadian exams while they are still in their home country.
As the administrator of the Ontario IMG School, Ellie deals with students registrations, course scheduling, running mock exams and answering all inquiries made by foreign trained doctors who arrive in Canada and are looking for a course to pass the Canadian exams for IMGs.
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 and completing a 2-year-fellowship position in Rheumatology at McMaster University. Dr. Salimi practiced as a rheumatologist both in Ontario and Nova Scotia and he is also American Board Certified in internal medicine. Currently he spends most of his time assisting IMGs through planning and teachings. To date, he has helped hundreds of IMGs pass their Canadian exams and enter the system successfully.