Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is proud to offer a bridging program for internationally trained medical doctors for non-licensed health care jobs in Ontario. This unique learning opportunity has been specially designed for internationally trained medical doctors, dental surgeons, and clinical public health professionals. Due to the huge success of the ITMD pilot bridging program, this initiative will continue at The Chang School as a regular bridging program to help support ITMDs.

The objective of the bridging program is to facilitate the successful integration of highly skilled and experienced internationally trained medical doctors for non-licensed health care jobs into the Ontario workforce. The program provides the additional skills needed for participants to gain employment in health research and health management positions in Canada as an alternative to medical doctor licensing.

For this program, a limited number of internationally trained medical doctors (a maximum of 25 participants in each cohort) will be recruited twice each year (in the Fall and Spring/Summer terms) through support from HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency, community network organizations, professional organizations, and selected partners’ organizations. Those who successfully complete this course series are eligible to earn a Professional Development Award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

The Chang School would like to extend sincere congratulations to all successful participants of the ITMD bridging program. Watch video interviews to learn what our students have to say about the program.

All applicants to the Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Ontario, or have refugee status at the time of application
  • Be an internationally trained medical professional (medical doctor/dental surgeon/clinical public health specialist)
  • Have a medical doctor degree equivalent to an Ontario university degree
  • Have at least two years of previous work experience in public health education and research
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency at the minimum required level:
    • TOEFL 92; or Academic IELTS of 6.5; or CLB 8 (all band); or equivalent English language proficiency test

Am I eligible for financial aid?

You are not eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP); however, ITMD Bridging Program participants are eligible to apply for Chang School awards and bursaries

Internationally trained professionals with financial need, who apply for this program may qualify for a one-time bursary to cover the cost of tuition, books and equipment costs. See the description of the “Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program” in our post on this website on Training programs in various occupations.

When does the program start?

The ITMD bridging program has two intakes per year, in Fall and Spring/Summer. Fall term classes begin in September and Spring/Summer term classes begin in March.

When is the deadline for application submission?

Admission for the Fall term is open from May 1–July 31 and the Spring/Summer term is open from October 1–December 31 each academic year.