Foreign-trained physicians face discrimination in accessing residency positions in Quebec, report finds

November 19, 2010

According to an investigation by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, foreign-trained doctors are subject to a discriminatory treatment based on their ethnic origin in the course of the admission process leading to postdoctoral training in Quebec. Throughout the whole process, the Commission states, international medical graduates face several obstacles that disproportionately disadvantage and exclude them from medical schools in Quebec. The Commission's president is calling on all stakeholders involved in the admission process, particularly the medical schools, to revise the selection procedures and criteria which discriminate against foreign-trained doctors. In response to the investigation, the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities states provincial medical schools evaluate residency candidates, whether domestically or foreign trained, on the basis of competency and capability of succeeding in the program, and do not discriminate based on ethnic origin. CDPDJ News Release | CREPUQ News Release (in French)