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Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub
March 22, 1:00pm

"Accessing Healthcare Professions – Exploring the journey, the challenges and the solutions"

Description: This session aims to help IEHPs integrate into the Ontario health care system by offering information and advice on the different available ways to become trained, licensed, and employed in their profession, or in a meaningful alternative career.

•Acknowledging the challenges immigrant healthcare professionals face in accessing their professions in Ontario
•Exploring the personal toll of these difficulties and ways to deal with and overcome the pain
•Helping attendees make sense of the regulated environment
•Introducing attendees to the many existing supports available for immigrant healthcare professionals
•Introducing attendees to success stories and meaningful alternate career options

Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Facilitator

Dr. Nava Israel is a dynamic professional and entrepreneur who thrives in an ever-evolving landscape of learning, business and industry. She is an internationally educated professional in the field of healthcare, and a leader in driving fairness and social change for immigrants in Canada.

Nava is the Program Manager of a bridge training program for mental health professionals at the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, and a Director of Programs at the Toronto New Life Wellness Place, an innovative social enterprise designed to support entrepreneurial, immigrant health and wellness professionals.

Dr. Mayada Sharef
Senior Program Development Coordinator

Mayada is an internationally educated doctor, educator, community development professional, registered psychotherapist, and certified counsellor/career counsellor. She started her work with internationally educated professionals in New Zealand in 1996 and continued supporting newcomer health professionals in Canada. She has been working in HealthForceOntario for the last ten years, currently in the role of Senior Program Development Coordinator.

Mayada has both strong academic knowledge and rich practical expertise relevant to building careers in the countries of settlement. She has developed and implemented programs and workshops in the areas of the medical culture and communication, health communication and alternative careers.

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan is an internationally-recognized scientist and academic leader in global public health and post-graduate education initiatives, with diverse experience in both developed and developing countries. Currently, Dr. Bhuiyan is co-founder and program lead of the innovative Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program at the Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University. The bridging program provides ITMDs with training to transition into non-licensed health care positions.

Dr. Bhuiyan holds positions at Ryerson University’s Faculty of Community Services as Adjunct Professor and he is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Carolyn Menezes
Manager of the International Department, Bridging programs and the Michener English Language Assessment
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Carolyn is an internationally educated professional who immigrated to Canada in 1988. She is the Manager of the International Department, Bridging programs and the Michener English Language Assessment programs at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Her career at Michener started 30 years ago. Support of International students in the full-time programs and the design and development of international customized curriculum are two of the many projects that she is currently involved in.

In 2015, Carolyn assumed leadership of the Bridging programs, and actively supports Internationally Educated Health Professionals who are preparing to write their regulatory exams.

Dr. Ruth Lee
Executive Director
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

Ruth is the Executive Director of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, and Associate Clinical Professor at School of Nursing, McMaster University. Ruth received her BScN and MScN from the Faculty of Nursing and PhD from the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Ruth’s clinical expertise spans from staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, program manager, Chief of Nursing Practice, and Executive Director.

Her research, publications and presentations include culturally competent practice, diversity and cultural issues in health care, and health human resources planning with a focus on internationally educated nurses.

Nicodeme Mugisho-Demu (MD, Congo)
Lead consultant, Alternative Careers for IEHPs
Community Maters;Program Manager at IMGWPN.

Dr. Nicodeme, an internationally educated medical doctor, is a lead consultant on Alternative Careers for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals at Community Maters and a Program Manager at International Medical Graduates Waste-Prevention Network. In both capacities, Dr Nicodeme is motivated by the desire to contribute in the design and implementation of programs aimed at addressing the needs of internationally educated health professionals for integration.

In Calgary, Alberta he served as Vice President of the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association, worked with Blue Sky Staffing to help IMGs work as Clinical Aides on their paths to Residency.