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IMG in Canada : How are you surviving?

nayr69sg

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hi, keeping in mind my age what specialities do u think I can get in Canada, also does research work and fellowship in ophthalmology from Singapore make small chance f getting ophthalmology slot in canada
Very very low chance. I was Singaporean before I migrated to Canada. And I am not from India or Indian descent.

I had a friend who was a consultant eye surgeon from Singapore. He spent a year with Dr Gimbel in Calgary and even he said that it was unlikely he could get a spot. So I doubt your Singapore fellowship does much. But that is just my opinion. You will never know till you try.

Opththalmology is a very very popular specialty with no shortage of candidates. Frankly I have not heard of any IMGs getting into Ophthalmology, not even Canadian IMGs. (they call them CSAs Canadian Study Abroad IMGs).

You are lucky that in Singapore there is the CECA which forces Singapore to recognize all professional qualifications from India.

Are you a fully fledged Ophthalmologist in Singapore?

Why don't you stay in Singapore? The private sector is very very lucrative.
 

nayr69sg

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Halo @ nayr69sg,
I am a 37 yr old, indian ophthalmologist with FICO, fellowship in medical retina considering to move to Canada. Kindly guide which route/exams to follow/prepare to work as an eye specialist in canada
https://www.aimg.ca/

You can look at this site for more information. But it is only for Alberta.

Most get placed in FM, then IM. The "Other" disciplines tend to be Pediatrics, Public Health, Pathology, Psychiatry.

During the early days of the program there were some surgical spots in General Surgery but since 2013 they have been very very rare.

If you want to continue doing eye surgery long term, I would advise against migrating to Canada. Most IMGs in Canada get matched to Fam Med if they are lucky enough to get a spot. I used to be a surgeon before I migrated to Canada but I was fully aware that it was very unlikely I would get back into surgery in Canada and FM was the more likely option.
 

Bpandita1

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Very very low chance. I was Singaporean before I migrated to Canada. And I am not from India or Indian descent.

I had a friend who was a consultant eye surgeon from Singapore. He spent a year with Dr Gimbel in Calgary and even he said that it was unlikely he could get a spot. So I doubt your Singapore fellowship does much. But that is just my opinion. You will never know till you try.

Opththalmology is a very very popular specialty with no shortage of candidates. Frankly I have not heard of any IMGs getting into Ophthalmology, not even Canadian IMGs. (they call them CSAs Canadian Study Abroad IMGs).

You are lucky that in Singapore there is the CECA which forces Singapore to recognize all professional qualifications from India.

Are you a fully fledged Ophthalmologist in Singapore?

Why don't you stay in Singapore? The private sector is very very lucrative.
Hi there, my husband is a nonmedico and wants to settle in canada... Thats why i am so desperate
 
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nayr69sg

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Hi there, my husband is a nonmedico and wants to settle in canada... Thats why i am so desperate
Best to be prepared mentally.

When I came to Canada I was prepared that I would NEVER practice medicine again.

That is something you have to be prepared for. If you cannot accept that then you have to put your foot down and tell your husband "No" to moving to Canada.

There literally hundreds of thousands of IMGs in Canada who never ever practice medicine again. Not even Family Medicine!

In fact I would say that the more determined the IMG is to stay in their specialty the more unlikely they ever practice medicine ever again.

During my FM residency there was another IMG who was from India. A General Surgeon. We got on well together. He was the oldest resident in the program. He was mid 40s at the time.

Tell your husband stay in Singapore lah. LOL!

What field is your husband in?
 

canuck78

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Hi @canuck78 ,
Kindly clear ur words, " Dont beleive u wd qualify another type of residency...
Secondly... Residency progs will select a pathologist to redo a pathology residency..
Age factor i understand...
Don’t believe I have ever seen a opthamology residency spot leftover after Canadian students match. Similar situation with specialties like dermatology, radiology, plastic surgery, etc. You have been out of school for a long time so when selecting an IMG for a residency spot programs will prefer a newly graduated medical student who is young or someone that they had been practicing that specialty in their country. The only potential may be family medicine but still as spot isn’t guaranteed. There would always be concern that an ophthalmologist will not be happy in another specialty, especially family medicine, and may leave or not practice in Canada. There are a lot of Canadians who attend medical school abroad plus physicians who have worked in their home country all competing for a limited amount of residency spots and after graduation they may not be able to find a job. Not sure it is really worth moving to Canada just for IT opportunities for your husband. You are much better off relocating to a country where you both can work in your fields not only for financial reason but for so you both are satisfied with your lives in a new country.
 

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Most married couple don’t plan to live for 20+ years apart.
They can plan to live apart 3+ years until one spouse became Canadian citizen. By their retirement age, the Canadian citizen spouse can sponsor the other spouse to live in Canada.

Btw, although they live separately. They can spend time vacation together.
 

nayr69sg

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They can plan to live apart 3+ years until one spouse became Canadian citizen. By their retirement age, the Canadian citizen spouse can sponsor the other spouse to live in Canada.

Btw, although they live separately. They can spend time vacation together.

There is a problem with that plan if they are going to be split between Canada and Singapore.

So say the husband is the one who moves to Canada for 3 years. And the wife is the Eye Surgeon in Singapore.

After 3 years - Husband gets Canadian Citizenship. Wife gets Singapore Citizenship.

Husband wants to move to Singapore to be with his wife.

Wife tries to apply for PR for her Husband- IT WILL BE REJECTED. Because Singapore is sexist. They will allow Male citizens to apply for their wives but not women to apply for their husbands.

And even if somehow they managed to bypass this hurdle and got to the stage to apply for citizenship for the husband, Singapore does not allow dual citizenship. The husband must renounce his Canadian citizenship to obtain Singapore citizenship.

So .....nah it won't work.

Best they both stay in Singapore long term.
 
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