The AIMG Program provides a two-week orientation to the IMGs who have successfully matched to residency programs before they begin the clinical assessment component of Externship. The goal of Orientation is to prepare Externs for a successful entry into the Canadian medical environment by introducing them to medical practice in the context of the Alberta and Canadian healthcare system.
Externship Orientation focuses on common knowledge gaps of IMGs that have been identified through discussion with residency program directors and preceptors, compilation of assessments from Clinical Externship and the AIMG’s Clinical Assessment Placements, review of current research, and input from previous Externs.
All Externs are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of medicine, clinical skills and patient care. While Externship Orientation will include a few sessions on some crucial clinical skills where IMGs have identified gaps, the main focus is familiarization with expectations of patient care in the Canadian medical system, particularly the twelve Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) that define common expectations and competencies for graduating Canadian medical students.
During the eight-week Extern assessment period with the residency program:
At the end of the eight-week Extern assessment period, the applicable Residency Program Director reviews the Extern’s assessments and authorizes the approval to commence postgraduate residency training for Externs who have demonstrated competency equivalent to a graduating Canadian medical student. An Extern may not be successful in Externship and therefore would not be accepted for residency training. Unsuccessful Externship will be categorized within two sub-categories: 1) Non-optimal in which case the Extern CAN reapply as a candidate for match consideration in a subsequent year; and 2) Fail where the Extern CANNOT reapply for match consideration.
The decision regarding an Extern’s assessment and outcome is final and not subject to a hearing or appeal.
Externs are required to sign an AIMG Program Extern Agreement indicating acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions
Externs are not considered to be students, residents or employees of the University of Calgary, University of Alberta or AHS.
Externs may not engage in other clinically-related jobs that require a practice permit from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).
The AIMG Program currently pays a monthly stipend of C$1,050 to each AIMG Program Extern for each full month they participate in the Externship. There is no extra stipend for being on call, nor is there any deduction to the stipend if Externs are not on call. Externs are not entitled to vacation time or pay during Externship.
Externs are not permitted to hold any other clinically-related employment that requires a practice permit from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). Due to the short duration of the Externship, it is strongly recommended that Externs do not participate in any employment during Externship due to varied call schedules and the high stakes related to the outcome of Externship.
NOTE: Externs must arrange for their own transportation and accommodation during Externship.