Our Students

Our students are internationally trained medical professionals (e.g., medical doctors, dental surgeons, clinical public health specialists, etc.) with a medical doctor degree, equivalent to an Ontario university degree, who have at least two years of previous work experience in public health and research.

Read the following testimonials to see what our students have to say about the ITMD bridging program.

Student Testimonials

Miriam Abdelmalek (Egypt) – The ITMD bridging program is an innovative program that really bridges gaps between ITMDs and the Canadian healthcare environment. Under the leadership of Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan and his qualified team, ITMDs have an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the fundamentals and principles of the Canadian workplace and society. Moreover, the diverse environment created by bringing highly skilled doctors from different countries together makes the program strong and competitive. Sharing experiences and learning with colleagues in the same circumstances enriches the program and makes it attractive. The continuous support of Dr. Bhuiyan in the practicum placement is a cornerstone of the program. I felt privileged to participate in the program and recommend it to all ITMDs in Canada.

Susan Akbaroghli (Iran) – The ITMD bridging program is a unique one – not only in Canada, but also in the world. This program is one of the best and unique experiences for internationally trained medical doctors. To be successful and to integrate into the Canadian healthcare system, everyone must start correctly. This wonderful program is like a rescue ship in a great ocean. By establishing and managing this program, training and supporting the participants, and choosing the best lecturers for the courses, Professor Shafi Bhuiyan, the director of the program, has made it an innovative one that can guarantee the success of serious participants. With the support of Professor Bhuiyan and his team, you feel that you can achieve your goals in Canada. As he has said many times: “Always moving forward.” I really recommend this program to any international trained medical doctor.

Hani Haitham Alshbat (Syria) – The whole ITMD bridging program is a fabulous journey full of success and achievements. You start it as a shy doctor with no experience in Canada, and you finish with a wide range of options that make you an excellent candidate who fits wherever the trip of life takes you. On every single bump, stop, or turn throughout that journey, you will always find the right guidance from experienced mentors in the program. All that starts from the moment you meet Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan.

Rolly S. Benigno (Philippines) – The ITMD bridging program offers a life-changing curriculum designed for international medical doctors and other health professionals living in Canada as permanent residents and Canadian citizens to successfully integrate into the Canadian healthcare system. It encompasses modules and topics such as research methodology, health informatics, and program management, and it also provides a practicum placement which will prepare ITMDs for employment in the non-licensed healthcare industry. ITMDs are advantaged by and fortunate to be a part of this program, which will ultimately benefit them for further integration into the Canadian healthcare setting and environment.

Adam Benjamin (Trinidad and Tobago) – Many people have doubts when coming to Canada as international medical graduates. The ITMD bridging program opens doors for those looking to offer their experience and expertise through non-licensed positions within healthcare in Canada. The courses equip participants with tools needed to gain entry into different positions in the healthcare workforce as well as training in certain research modalities. Being part of this program also allows training in common Canadian workplace ethics and provides networking opportunities that would be otherwise difficult to attain. The benefits of this program can be attained in a relatively short period of time, making this a valuable way to gain access to the Canadian healthcare workforce.

Glenis Berroa (Dominican Republic) – The ITMD bridging program provides the fundamentals that you need to know about the Canadian healthcare environment. Through outstanding professors and Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan’s enthusiasm, they will guide you to expressing the best of your potential while gaining new skills to incorporate into working in Canadian healthcare. I highly recommend the ITMD program to any international healthcare professional who would like to integrate into the Canadian healthcare system.

Mandana Chitsanan (Iran) – The ITMD bridging program provides an invaluable opportunity to familiarize yourself with the Canadian healthcare system, particularly the research sector. I strongly recommend it to all internationally trained healthcare professionals who are passionate about advancing their careers in Canada.

Orville Gundran (Philippines) – The ITMD bridging program is a one-of-a-kind program. It not only focuses on theory but also prepares students with practical, real-world experience. Moreover, the professors are extremely motivated, and the level of support and encouragement you get from them is invaluable and unparalleled. Overall, the ITMD program challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, push your boundaries, and explore your interests in health research and healthcare management positions in Canada. Last but not least, thank you to all my professors and colleagues for an amazing and collaborative/interactive learning experience at Ryerson University!

Mirwais Halimi (Afghanistan) – The ITMD bridging program is a great bridging program for internationally trained medical doctors. This bridging program especially fills those gaps which ITMDs face in coming to Canada and allow them to continue their health-related profession in non-licensed jobs. Dr. Shafi Buhiyan, who is the co-founder and director of the program, and the other mentors are experienced and dedicated, and they play a great role in the success of this program.

Maha Awaiz Hassan (Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is an ingenious way of bringing together some of the finest talents and intelligence and polishing them to match a Canadian workplace in need of their skills. Migrating to a new country has its challenges, and the biggest of those is finding an identity for yourself in the workplace. This program not only boosts confidence for immigrant professionals, but it also teaches them new skills that are much needed in non-licensed health care jobs in Canada. It provides guidance in every aspect – from building resumés and writing appropriate cover letters to learning essentials of project management and SPSS. Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, the program director, is always available – quite literally, 24/7 – to help and facilitate you in every way possible. Through this program, a lot of workplaces, some of which might even be quite inaccessible to immigrants otherwise, open their doors. This is a much-needed program in very crucial times.

Manish Kar (India) – The ITMD bridging program fosters an unparalleled collaborative environment in which internationally trained MDs can learn about the Canadian health system. Through an innovative and fast-paced curriculum, my fellow cohort participants and I have had the opportunity to develop several research ideas and gain practical skills in research communication, the use of statistical packages such as SPSS, and the delivery of scientific presentations. Through an ever-expanding network of partner organizations, ITMDs are able to apply their clinic research and systems innovation skills as part of a practicum project.

Amina Mahmood (Bangladesh) – After coming to Canada as a new immigrant/ITMD, I was completely lost in my career path. I didn’t know where to start. Medical licensing seemed like an extremely overwhelming goal. I needed something to secure my place in Canadian healthcare. The ITMD bridging program founded by Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan was the right platform for me. I was very excited when I was accepted for this program. The classes are basically hands-on training, and the teachers make sure you take part in activities. I am very much looking forward to my practicum, which could aid in my Canadian healthcare employment search.

Zahra Masroori (Iran) – The ITMD bridging program is a wonderful opportunity for international doctors. It provides a friendly yet professional environment for you to build your network with the best health care professionals in Canada. The expert and dedicated teachers help you develop the necessary skills for success in Canada. The program director, Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, is a supportive and open-minded leader with novel ideas who helps you find your voice.

Oluwadhanushi Olukoya (Nigeria) – The program is a platform for capacity building and provides an opportunity for internationally trained doctors to gain experience and skills in a Canadian setting.

Syeda Qasim (Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is a wonderful platform for trained professionals from different countries to explore Canadian healthcare workplace ethics and practices. It provides an opportunity to learn and grow with your classmates, and the instructors are perfectly trained to help students understand the curriculum.

Anbumalar Santhosam (India) – The ITMD bridging program is an empowering and extraordinary program which offers comprehensive and integrated courses for medical doctors from various continents who aspire to learn and work in the Canadian health sector. Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, co-founder and program lead, and his very excited, efficient, and passionate team of instructors provide a collegial learning environment. This program gave me a platform to polish my skills to fit the Canadian health system and achieve my career success in Canada.

Mahmoud Shaheen (Palestine) – I came to believe the ITMD bridging program is not only meant to engage non-licensed international medical doctors in the Canadian healthcare system and market, but that it can also be considered as a success model to be implemented at both Canadian and worldwide levels.

Muhammad Imran Sohail (Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is a very inventive and innovative program for doctors from different countries with wide ranges of experience who wants to work in the Canadian healthcare system in non-licensed jobs. This very short program enables you to learn and practise the hidden talents and abilities you have, and helps you to brush up on your experience in the field. Anyone who is serious about pursuing a career in the health care industry will benefit from the program. The program director, Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, has such positive energy in motivating and helping you to find a career in a health-related field. Instructors and professors are so cooperative that they literally hold your hand and make you learn things. This is a highly recommended program for international graduates.

Somasuriyam Thirumal (Sri Lanka) – The ITMD bridging program at Ryerson is a great opportunity for international medical graduates to polish their knowledge and skills and increase their chances of getting involved in the competitive Canadian healthcare job market. Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan and the other lecturers are very knowledgeable and dedicated in trying to support and help students. Practicum placement, which is a part of this program, helps graduates apply what they have learned in a real environment and also learn a lot about Canadian workplace culture. I would highly recommend this program to ITMDs who are highly motivated and willing to pursue careers in public health research in Canada.

Hossein Tofighi (Iran) – The ITMD bridging program is perhaps the only program in Canada that helps internationally trained medical doctors to enter the Canadian healthcare system, and I was honoured to be selected as a student. This program gave me the opportunity to meet great people. Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, the founder and manager of the program, and his wonderful team members provided me with knowledge and skills needed for integration and success in the Canadian healthcare environment. The cohort students were really well-selected candidates and helped and supported me during the courses. I also found myself – a motivated, confident, and knowledgeable doctor who is now able to move forward in my career.

Mulualem Tegegnework Yimenu (Ethiopia) – The ITMD bridging program is a place where you can find a clear path and move forward. Throughout the program, you will meet medical professionals from all over the world in the classes and lectures. You will meet the person who “walks your walk” and is a leader who leads by example: the founder of this program, Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, who will support you in every aspect of your life. He is not only a teacher, he is also a great mentor. Generally, I can say it’s a program which helps you to understand your input and value to the healthcare system here in Canada.

Cohort 4 – Fall 2016

Shiva Barati (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program is an excellent way to update your knowledge and earn new skills in an insider multicultural environment. You start your journey to success from this platform and expand it to your new multicultural home, the Canadian health care system, where you grow and thrive.

Deena (from India) – The ITMD bridging program at Ryerson University is a very unique program that is tailored to the needs of international medical graduates. It helps us bridge the gap between our previous experience and the different aspects of the Canadian health care system, thereby acting as a stepping stone to fulfill our dreams. The detailed curriculum provides very good theoretical knowledge and practical skills which would help with furthering our health care career in Canada. I would like to thank Dr. Bhuiyan and the entire faculty for their constant support and motivation. Through this program, I have also made some wonderful friends and developed my networking abilities. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is looking to successfully integrate into the non-licensed sector of the Canadian health care system.

Sabeen Ehsan (from UAE) – The ITMD bridging program polishes one’s knowledge in a variety of high-yield subjects relevant to non-licensed health care disciplines. The courses have allowed me to attain a better understanding of the functions, operations, and potentialities of the Canadian health care system. All the instructors are extremely knowledgeable and forthcoming. Additionally, through the practicum placement, I hope to develop key workplace skills that will allow smooth transitioning into the Canadian professional market. I cannot thank Dr. Bhuiyan enough for launching this initiative; his guidance and encouragement has positively impacted my outlook towards my professional future in Canada.

Onize Ekome (from Nigeria) – Attending the ITMD bridging program taught me that being open-minded, positive, focused, and patient builds resilience; with this, we can exceed all expectations. The intense curriculum has enriched me with the skills needed to effectively integrate into the Canadian health care system and, even more so, created a platform for networking and building wonderful relationships.

Rijwana Haque (from Bangladesh) – Amid many resources to help international medical graduates in Toronto, the ITMD bridging program is one of a kind. The precise course contents and excellent teaching method enabled me absorb all information very smoothly. This program is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the experience of ITMDs and the skills they need to contribute to Canadian health care system. All the efforts taken by Professor Shafi Bhuyian and his colleagues have motivated me to move forward with great confidence.

Hany Ibrahim (from Egypt) – I appreciate joining such an outstanding professionally designed program and consider myself so fortunate to be a member of the ITMD bridging program family. The instructors are so knowledgeable, yet so humble and supportive. I would like to thank Ryerson University for their sincere effort in helping ITMDs enhance their knowledge and widen their scopes in an interesting, applicable, and effective way. It was a pleasure meeting and working with my instructors and classmates.

Andrey Kildyushov (from Russia) – Being a student in ITMD bridging program is a great learning opportunity that paves the path to a deeper understanding of the workplace culture and environment in Canadian health care. The program also allows the opportunity to acquire up-to-date knowledge necessary for successful career building.

Mahnaz Mansouri (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program covers very important topics in the Canadian health care system. It offers well-structured courses in health research methodology, health informatics, project management, and communication skills. It helped me to update my knowledge and gain new skills that are needed for my future career.

Darlene Montes Fetalvero (from Philippines) – When I closed the door of my previous life as a medical doctor in my country because I moved to Canada, the ITMD bridging program was the other door that opened for me. It might not be the perfect solution to integrate oneself in the Canadian workforce being a physician, but it was the best solution an international medical graduate (IMG) could find in this entirely new world. The ITMD program made me refocus and see my other worth as a physician and what I could contribute in this new country that is Canada.

Marco Morcos (from Egypt) – A rich curriculum with highly experienced and friendly instructors, make the ITMD bridging program a unique one with exceptional learning opportunities. It gives a broad view of the Canadian health care system and workplace environment while filling the gaps that almost all IMGs need. It also provides a stepping stone for further advancement towards a future career.

Naila Naz (from Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is an innovative and intensive professional development program specially designed for highly qualified immigrant doctors in Canada. This unique, comprehensive program is providing the necessary skills and knowledge to learn about the Canadian health care system, as well as encouraging and motivating doctors to pursue a career in health research in Canada.

Sophia Marie Pagtakhan Wong (from Philippines) – The ITMD bridging program helped me develop my skills in project management, health informatics, research methodology, and professional communications. By participating in this program, I became more confident in showcasing my talents in the Canadian workplace setting. It is also a great avenue for international medical graduates to collaborate ideas and projects to help improve health care processes in Canada.

Amal Rezk (from Egypt) – The ITMD bridging program is a great avenue to advance my skills and bridge the gap between my previous experiences and employment in non-licensed careers in the Canadian health care industry. I believe this program is a strong starting point in resuming my graduate studies. It provides greater exposure to Canadian language, culture, and soft skills which helps me be more acculturated to the Canadian system. I believe this program is continuously enhanced and customized to the specific needs of individual applicants.

Navid A. Roozbahany (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program is a valuable opportunity to learn more about medical research and bioinformatics. It provides unique courses in professional communication and project management. There are also extremely useful workshops for the participants to become familiar with Canadian workplace and fundamental strategies to find an appropriate career.

Aimen Salem (from Libya) – When I reflect on my 12 weeks in The Chang School’s ITMD bridging program at Ryerson University, I conclude that the experience not only made me a better researcher, but it also prepared me in unpredictable ways for my career. Through classes and workshops with incredibly supportive classmates and professors, who were nothing short of champions, I was challenged to discover a voice I didn’t know I had, a leader I didn’t know I would be, and an epidemiologist I have to unleash. It was a wonderful time in my life and one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had.

Syed Jamal Shah (from Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is a well-designed program. It is planned keeping in view the Canadian health market, needs of the ITMDs, and emerging trends in the health sector to equip ITMDs with the latest knowledge and skills to play a productive role in the Canadian workforce. This course has helped me to brush up my knowledge and expertise and taught me soft skills like the Canadian norms, etiquettes, and culture in the workplace. This is really helping me to integrate into Canadian society. I fully recommend the program to my fellow ITMDs.

Ali Shams (from Bangladesh) – “Even in darkness light dawns for those who believe,” and I found the ITMD bridging program at Ryerson University is the magic stone of its kind in making an innovative and challenging track for IMGs. Its professional teamwork and interacting course curriculum upgraded my soft skills. Linked in between pride and practice also prepared me to find my second career in the global health networks. I would love to contribute my effort to upgrading our ITMD platform whenever required.

Rabia Shariff (from Pakistan) – This program exceeded my expectations and has taught me the professional skills that I was lacking in order to secure a place in the Canadian workplace. It is a great opportunity to network with so many health care professionals from different parts of the world. The instructors are amazing and committed to helping us ITMDs find a place in this field.

Nilufar Shireen (from Bangladesh) – The ITMD bridging program is amazing in the sense that it has beautifully accommodated all appropriate components in an interactive learning setup. The program is truly helping the doctors from different countries to sharpen their knowledge and get accustomed with various aspects of the Canadian health care system. The thing I like most about this program is that it is creating a platform where ITMDs can share their experience, help each other, and, above all, get the inspiration to contribute in a positive way with the encouragement from the highly resourceful instructors.

Wayel Zanjir (from Syria) – If I had to name the most exceptional experience I have lived since I have come to Canada, it would be being a member of the ITMD family. From meeting great people, to learning practical knowledge, to developing hard and soft skills, and above all, to providing a true bridge for me to integrate into and contribute to the scientific community.

Cohort 5 – Spring/Summer 2017

Suulaf al mufti (from Syria) – I am very fortunate to have participated in this unique program. I have gained valuable knowledge from highly qualified professors and instructors. I have learned how to transfer key skills to be well prepared for the Canadian job market. Furthermore, the İTMD bridging program provided me with important tools to be successful in the future. Do not think twice about applying to this program – your future will successfully start from here.

Sadia Afreen (from Bangladesh) – The ITMD bridging program enhanced my potential, preparing me to work professionally in Canada. Despite all my relevant experiences, this bridging program enriched my expertise, filling out the most important deficiency – the Canadian context. This unique program made me confident and prepared me for my public health career in academia and research in Canada.

Catherine Allen Ayodabo (from Nigeria) – I have had a very rewarding experience as a student in the ITMD bridging program at Ryerson University. The exceptional course delivery methods used by dedicated instructors have surpassed my expectations. My foundational knowledge of health research has been greatly strengthened and I have acquired relevant skills to help me succeed as a researcher. Most importantly, I am gaining relevant insights into the Canadian health research system and am being presented with meaningful opportunities for networking.

Mohammad Biswas (from Bangladesh) – I am very honored for the opportunity to be a student of this program. The concise diversity of strategic course content and the opportunity to complete a practicum placement focused on experiential learning in a Canadian organization made this program unique and indispensable. I want to thank all of the previous ITMDs who provided us with successful paradigms to combat with inevitable challenges in a Canadian new environment. Thank you to Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan and his experienced team members who created the ITMD bridging program to build the foundation of professional careers for internationally trained medical doctors.

Maryam Danesh (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program addresses all the gaps international medical graduates encounter to help ITMDs integrate into the Canadian healthcare system. With its comprehensive approach, participants develop the required knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully enter the Canadian workplace.

Ethige Prasantha De Silva (from Sri Lanka) – The ITMD bridging program is the only one of its kind in Canada. The program strengthened my knowledge in research to suit the Canadian setting, opened the path to a practicum placement at a centre of excellence, and certainly became the key to my professional career in Canada.

Mohaddeseh (Moha) Gholizadesh (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program provides the essential skills and knowledge needed to gain employment in health research positions in Canada. This program provides extremely helpful and informative courses. The instructors are able to make complex concepts simpler. I effectively learned in a few months what others usually learn in years. Now I have a much better understanding of research settings in Canada. This program opens the door for a lot of networking to establish connections, and bridges the gap between employers and ITMDs. It may be a bridge between me and everything that makes my dreams come true.

Aisha Hamdam (from Pakistan) – “Just because something is not happening for you right now, does not mean that it will never happen.” I totally agree with this quote, especially after joining the ITMD bridging program. Being selected for this program helped me gain confidence and a sense of achievement. The program has helped me enhance my knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to succeed in a multicultural workplace and in a Canadian context. This is a one-of-a-kind bridging program for internationally trained medical doctors; I surely recommend this well-constructed program to all ITMDs in Canada.

Karim Yousry Megaly Kerolos (from Egypt) – I was fortunate to join the ITMD bridging program at Ryerson University. The program enhanced my knowledge and skills in many areas that are needed to secure a job in the non-licensed health sector in Canada. The instructors are very knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Also, my colleagues were extremely friendly and supportive. It is a great advantage that the program helps students secure a practicum placement in leading healthcare organizations to apply their skills in the workplace.

Rakesh Kumar (from India) – The ITMD bridging program is truly unique in its concept, design, and mission. It provided me with an opportunity to understand and connect to the Canadian health sector. Carefully structured curriculum enriched my knowledge in health research and prepared me to meet the needs of the health sector. The practicum placement is an opportunity to connect with prominent healthcare professionals at leading Canadian institutions. I see this is as an important stepping stone to reach the next level in my career. The ITMD bridging program is respected and valued, mainly because of the tireless work of Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan.

Youssef Metry (from Egypt) – I was looking for an opportunity to fill my skills gap and the ITMD bridging program was the best fit for me. The program provides an excellent practical approach for integrating internationally trained medical doctors into the Canadian healthcare system. The instructors are really knowledgeable and cooperative. Throughout the program, I cannot emphasize enough on Dr. Bhuiyan's continuous support, motivation, and guidance. Expanding this program can greatly benefit the highly skilled professionals and Canada as well.

Omima Hassan Abdelwahab Mohidin (from Sudan) – The ITMD bridging program content was extremely valuable and interesting; the instructors were knowledgeable and encouraging. Interacting with colleagues from all over the globe was a great way of gaining new perspectives. The program helped me to broaden my outlook and boosted my confidence through the skills I gained related to health research in Canada. The opportunity to network with health professionals in the Canadian healthcare system was very valuable. It has been a life changing opportunity and I am on my way to better integrate and actively participate in Canada’s promising health workforce.

Ayeshah Mohiuddin (from Bahrain) – The ITMD bridging program is a unique way for health care professionals to connect to hospital networks and other prominent health sector organizations based in the Toronto area. It also serves as a guide to positively reshape one's knowledge, thus allowing ITMD candidates to implement skills they learned to the Canadian workforce.

Nabiha Batool Musavi (from Pakistan) – Enrolling into the ITMD bridging program brought one crucial insight to me: the importance of upgrading and gaining new skills through Canadian education. This program is specifically tailored to provide skills required for ITMDs to transition successfully into the Canadian healthcare system. I believe the components of this program are not only for attaining a healthcare job, but these are essential skills gained for life to excel throughout one's career.

Rachen Ninan (from India) – The ITMD bridging program paves a path along a previously obstacle-ridden road in navigating the Canadian healthcare system. It truly brings out individual potential of doctors in respect to their non-clinical skills. The cohesive teaching methods and qualified staff help students to analyze their management, research, and academic skills and apply them to a foreign healthcare system. It has enabled me to obtain a different perspective on healthcare and how to work in it through departments other than clinical. The practicum placement component is promising as it enables us to find different areas of interest and networking prospects.

Seyed Hossein Saadat (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program not only provides the essential knowledge and skills required to enter the non-licensed job market, but also gives students the insight, energy, and self-confidence needed to succeed. Nothing is impossible, as Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan always says.

Ovwe Oteri Sowho (from Nigeria) – The ITMD bridging program provides an excellent opportunity for foreign-trained medical professionals to learn about the Canadian healthcare system. Through a series of carefully selected preparatory courses, students learn how to immerse themselves into this system. It provides a platform for integrating ITMDs into the Canadian healthcare sector by linking them with the right opportunities through internships with multiple diverse organizations ranging from hospitals to not for profit organizations. I highly recommend the ITMD bridging program for new healthcare professionals in Ontario.

Emal Stanizai (from Afghanistan) – This program brings a unique blend of cultural and professional experience with health professionals from a variety of countries. The enthusiasm and zest of peers and positive feedback from lecturers and Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan have strengthened my motivation. I enhanced my academic skills during this program, gaining expertise and professionally relevant training in research methodology, health informatics, and program management. The practicum placement facilitated my exposure to the Canadian healthcare system. The ITMD bridging program provided me with the theoretical framework and practical experience to successfully integrate into the Canadian workforce. I strongly recommend this program to other ITMDs.

Cohort 6 – Fall 2017

Yossra Abdallateef (Libya) – I was struggling to start a career in the Canadian healthcare system. That was until I came across the ITMD bridging program; I had no doubt that it was exactly what I was looking for. The program provides internationally trained medical professionals with crucial skills and knowledge in research fundamentals, project management, and professional communication and development. It also gives them the chance to apply the new knowledge in medical settings through the practicum placement. The instructors are very supportive and ready to help and guide when needed. It is a precious opportunity to learn, network, and increase your employability, and I definitely recommend it to every international medical graduate.

Ahmad Al-Araji (Iraq) – The ITMD bridging program has provided me with an enriching environment for building on my skills in research methodology, health informatics, project management, and communication techniques. While I expected this program to expand my academic knowledge in these areas, I found that it also gave me things far more important; the proficient and friendly instructors created an atmosphere that actively involved every participant in a collaborative way. I find myself fortunate to have been part of this program and can already see the bright future that it is offering by integration into the Canadian healthcare field.

Hiba Alzubaidi (Iraq) – Just when I was at a crossroads, the ITMD bridging program came across to polish my skills to fit the Canadian work culture. The combination of subjects like research, information technology, project management, and professional communication are the secret recipe to integrate the internationally trained medical doctor into the health sector in Canada. I like the professors and how helpful they are. I am glad to have joined this program for it showed me different aspects of health roles I could take to benefit the Canadian health sector.

Marium Anwar (Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program offers the crucial components and awareness mandatory for a medical professional of the present and future. With tremendous efforts from Dr. Bhuiyan, lecturers, and the rest of the team, this program has set firm grounds. I find myself privileged to be a part of such a positive, enthusiastic, and goal-driven group of colleagues and teachers. The program has taken me forward and opened doors towards a broad spectrum of healthcare-related fields (e.g., research, heath informatics, and project management). The ITMD bridging program provides us with the right preparation and opportunity and guides us on the road to success.

Abiodun Babayeju (South Africa) – The ITMD bridging program is an outstanding and intense program that incorporates tools for integration and success in the Canadian healthcare environment. This well structured program boasts of medical professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiencesDr. Shafi Bhuiyan, the director of the program, and the lecturers are very dedicated, passionate, and committed to the success of all the participants. Anyone serious about advancing their career in the healthcare industry will benefit immensely from attending this program.

Venus Benigno (Philippines) – Ryerson University’;s ITMD bridging holds a mélange of health professionals from all parts of the world, creating a pool of wide and varied experiences that are shared in a camaraderie among peers and colleagues, with a relentless and endless discussion of what is the Canadian way of doing things, respectful and helpful with each other. This is a fun and collegial way of learning from top-caliber professors, evolving and managing change real time as the dashboards and scorecards we learn, both dynamic and evidenced based. I am truly honored to have taken part in this program thanks to Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan who spearheaded it. Preparing ITMDs to take part in the different roles in the healthcare system is an equitable way of making use of valuable human resources to take part in aspects that would change the Canadian healthcare system. I strongly recommend the ITMD bridging program to other ITMDs and to policymakers – a part of the sustainable development goal in healthcare of Canada.

Rashed Choudhury (Bangladesh) – The ITMD bridging program at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is literally a bridge between the internationally trained health professionals and the non-license health services in Canada. It is a well designed and organized program that gives a new hope for all ITMDs. We are all proud ITMDs and very much thankful to Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan for creating the platform for us. His dynamic leadership and insight into the healthcare system is the asset for us to achieve the best possible opportunities in a non-clinical health environment. This is a great place to be for all ITMDs, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Neelam Dehal (India) – The ITMD is a perfect example of the phrase “Where talent meets opportunity”. It is a platform for sharing experiences with researchers and medical professionals with diverse backgrounds from different countries. The program helps to strengthen your professional competencies in research methodology, health informatics, project management, and communication skills and provides excellent prospects for networking. The program’;s lead, Dr. Bhuiyan, is full of positive energy and enthusiasm and is the motivation for everyone to keep moving forward. I really want to extend my thanks to Dr. Bhuiyan as well as other instructors who are putting in their best efforts to help internationally trained medical doctors to acquire the necessary expertise to integrate into the non-licensed healthcare sector in Canada.

Hamidreza Goodarzynejad (Iran) – The Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program at Ryerson is a window to the world of opportunities for international medical graduates (IMGs). Thanks to Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan and other lecturers, this program is perfectly designed to enhance participants’; academic skills and to help them in gaining relevant training in research methodology, health informatics, and program management. Furthermore, the practicum placement facilitates exposure to the Canadian healthcare system and Canadian workplace which provides a unique chance for ITMDs to succeed in finding non-licensed healthcare jobs in Canada. ITMDs should stay positive and keep trying.

Nazish Gul (Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is a unique opportunity to gain extraordinary skills for advancement and success in non-regulated healthcare careers in Canada. Under the cable leadership of Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan and his team of highly qualified instructors, this program has broadened my horizons and helped me gain exceptional skill sets required to excel in the highly competitive Canadian workplace environment. The practicum placement also facilitated in me applying my expertise into real life practice. I would highly recommend this program to ITMDs who are highly motivated and willing to pursue careers in public health research in Canada.

Maged Micheal (Egypt) – The ITMD bridging program is a unique and life-changing learning opportunity; I find that its excellent curriculum bridges gaps in medical and public health education. This program advances participants' existing skills with updated knowledge, training, and networking options. In addition, it provides a practicum placement in a Canadian healthcare environment. The most amazing thing is the positivity and enthusiasm that is present throughout the program from very motivating instructors and helpful colleagues who become true, lifelong friends. I feel privileged to be one of the sixth cohort of this great program and I would strongly recommend it to all ITMDs in Canada.

Samson Moses (India) – The ITMD bridging program is a hope for all international doctors who are striving to enter into the Canadian medical system. I am honored and proud to be a part of this unique program that not only shapes us and brings us to the best form but also facilitates the successful transition of international medical graduates to Canadian standards and expectations. This program is not about testing your knowledge on evaluations and exams; it is about reaching our potential as ITMDs and identifying our strengths and abilities in order to contribute our knowledge and experience to the research and health management sector while creating a significant impact in the medical system which experts have trained us all so efficiently. I sincerely thank Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan for his continued support and motivation throughout the program and I thank the professors for their great help and guidance. One great lesson we all learn is to study as a family with love and humor, while sharing our emotions as we grown as better people. The ITMD bridging program is a great opportunity to grow and lay the foundation for a path towards success.

Dharshika Muthuthevar (Canada) – The ITMD bridging program is a key connection to navigate health-related work environments in Canada. It highlights participant’;s potential and showcases areas of expertise. It gave me great insights into using medical knowledge to explore opportunities beyond clinical medicine. This has been helpful in strengthening medical knowledge, academic research, building career, and pursuing my dream. The well-organized curriculum, cohesive instructing methods and well-trained staff brings out the best in each student. I would like to thank our wonderful mentor Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, and strongly recommend this program to internationally trained health professionals who wish to excel in their future career goals.

Fatima Naeem (Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program, as its name indicates, is the bridge between international doctors and the Canadian healthcare system. It’;s a unique combination of subjects that enables you to incorporate yourself into the Canadian workplace and do so successfully. I am proud to be a part of the ITMD family! I got my practicum placement at Michael Garron Hospital while still a student in the ITMD bridging program and that actually shows its success and Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan’;s hard work for ITMDs.

Jose R. Rodriguez (El Salvador) – Being part of the internationally trained medical doctors (ITMD) bridging program has been a true privilege. Meeting professionals from different countries and sharing the same dream, turns us into a team and a family; together we embrace one common objective, to be part of the Canadian health system. The curriculum contains important topics to guide us towards our goals. I feel fortunate to be part of this team, which I consider my fraternity of professionals in Canada.

Wagma Saad (Afghanistan) – For me, the ITMD bridging program is unique and a real bridge to fulfil the gap between international medical graduates and the Canadian healthcare system. It does not only help us to acquire knowledge about non-licensed healthcare disciplines, but it also help us to get experience through work placements. Furthermore, participants discover and deeply understand the Canadian medical culture through various workshops. I really appreciate Dr. Shafi and The Chang School for their continuous support and inspiration. Through this program, I have also made some wonderful friends and developed my networking abilities which are vital for employment in the Canadian job market.

Hitoshi Sawaoka (Japan) – The ITMD bridging program is a great opportunity for internationally trained medical doctors to launch a new career in the Canadian healthcare system. The program consists of health informatics and data management, health research methodology, project management for health professionals, and health professional communications and leadership skills, all of which is a great program for success in Canadian job market. This program offers the right direction for future job opportunities and networking with health professionals in the Canadian healthcare system and with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. This program is very valuable for me and I strongly recommend to other ITMDs.

Michelle Sumner-Williams (Guyana) – The ITMD bridging program is a unique program that provides opportunities for learning and networking. It is an invaluable experience that brings together essential academic and professional elements necessary for successful integration into the Canadian health sector. I am indeed hopeful that new and exciting opportunities lie ahead for all of us empowered ITMDs.

Mubariz Tariq (Afghanistan) – The ITMD bridging program is a comprehensive one-stop program which provides strong bases to internationally trained medical doctors for a fresh start in a new country. This program has prepared me to utilize my 10+ years of international public health experience in the Canadian job market. It provides a platform where one can showcase and share knowledge with other members of the ITMD family. It’;s a robust program, managed by an inspirational leader and highly qualified instructors.

Jorge Telchi (Bolivia) – The integration to the Canadian workforce is a challenge for every ITMD. The ITMD bridging program provides a unique and invaluable training opportunity to gain relevant experience into Canada’;s healthcare system. Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan and the professors are always willing to help. My peers are now close friends and encourage me to keep going. This program is a great thing for ITMDs looking for new opportunities in public health, health informatics, and research.

Dilusha Thiyagaratnam (Sri Lanka) – The ITMD bridging program provides a unique platform for the under-recognized talent in internationally trained medical doctors and public health professionals. It is a melting pot of cultures and ideas, where information is shared enthusiastically. It is a nurturing environment, pioneered by Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, and facilitated by an engaging team of instructors. This program is designed to advance skills in health informatics, research methods, project management, and communication and leadership in the Canadian context. I look forward to the practicum placement, where I will be able to integrate my international medical background with the professional benchmarks of the Canadian healthcare system.

Cohort 1 – Winter 2015

Amir Ahari (from Iran) – If there is will, there is a way, and the ITMD bridging program is the way. The program helped me to further develop and adjust my skills for successful insertion in the Canadian health care system.

Obinna Anyabolu (from Nigeria) – The ITMD bridging program is a great program rich curriculum. It provides an opportunity to understand the Canadian workplace environment and equips one with necessarily skills required in securing a position in a health service organization.

Prudence Ionie Buchanan (from Jamaica) – Be positive and open-minded. This program could lead to the start of a great career in health care management or research.

Amira Ahmed Hamed Eldawaiaty (from Egypt) – This is the bridge between dream and reality. It is a unique learning program that provided me with the essential skills to tackle the job market.

Dalya Sabry Elsanadidy (from Egypt) – ITMD bridging program gave us the skills we were missing in order to achieve our goals. The best part is the practicum which is the perfect way to apply what we have learned and open the door for a lot of networking to bridge the gap between internationally trained medical doctors and employers.

Seyed Behnam Hashemi (from Iran) – The course, the way it is delivered and all the efforts taken by Professor Shafi Bhuyian and his colleagues are all exemplary and will give you the best opportunity in your future career. Be focused, learn as much as you can, and develop your network of friends and able-bodied people.

Md. Shahadat Hossain (from Bangladesh) – ITMD bridging program briefly covers almost all of the essential components necessary for research in the medical field. Program components like health research methodology, fundamentals of project management, and health informatics are excellent. ‘Health Professional Communication and Leadership Skills’ (CKHS 140) is a great course. This program will help us to find opportunities in the Canadian job market.

Tarek A. Ibrahim (from Egypt) – The ITMD program is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the medical and managerial side of health care. The program is perfectly designed and it was a wonderful opportunity to learn and network.

Chitra Jacob (from India) – I have always valued education and keep striving for more. The reputation of Ryerson University helped me determine to select the ITMD bridging program at The Chang School. The program offers an introductory preparation foundation for entry to the health care system.

Marzyeh Moazenzadeh (from Iran) – The ITMD bridging program was very helpful and valuable for me. The expert instructor and very academic and interactive atmosphere gave me a very positive energy.

Tetyana Nedoshytko (from Ukraine) – This bridging program at Ryerson is a unique, one-of-a-kind university-level program, created especially for internationally trained medical doctors. It offers different courses of great importance; it is convenient, fast, and efficient. I hope the knowledge and skills I have gained will enhance my employability in the job market. I strongly recommend this program for everyone who is seeking successful integration to Canadian health care field.

Marijana Pajic (from Serbia) – The ITMD bridging program gave me an insight into Canadian health care, the importance of information technology and its applicability in health care, and an understanding of project management and research methodology. I met wonderful and brilliant people, faculty members of the program as well as my classmates, and gained friendships for a lifetime!

Walaa Khalid Sabih (from Iraq) – The ITMD bridging program has helped me fulfill my wish to enhance my knowledge at a Canadian level and learn new skills. It has opened the opportunity for employment and allowed me to network with incredible people. The experience was actually quite fulfilling and has helped me gain valuable skills in working with health care professionals in real life on real projects. I was able to face the problems on the ground and actually participate in some of the solutions.

Sadia Sohail (from Pakistan) – Great program; both intense and captivating. The ITMD program bridges the cultural gap and builds on leadership skills, informatics research methodology, and project management. It teaches Canadian workplace ethics and gets you job ready for the health care field in Canada. The instructors are excellent, very knowledgeable, and approachable. You will not regret you took this program; I would highly recommend it!

Cohort 2 – Fall 2015

Alemayehu G. Abeya (from Ethiopia) – The ITMD bridging program is an exceptional opportunity. It is designed to provide the skills we were missing in order to achieve employment in the Canadian health care industry. The program also offers chances for networking which could serve as a stepping stone to a great career in health care management or research.

Hamidullah Akbari (from Afghanistan) – The ITMD bridging program gave me that augmented effect to look at healthcare from a public, management, and leadership prospective. It synergized my efforts and enthusiasm which resulted in a professional job opportunity halfway through the program in community mental health. It is a well-designed initiative responding to the needs of the Canadian health care sector by mobilizing highly trained international professionals.

Mohamed Said Elmokadem (from Egypt) – This briding program is a perfectly designed one, meeting the demands of health professionals who are taking their first step in the Canadian work environment. It helps them to develop their research, communication, and management skills.

Silvia George (from Egypt) – This is an opportunity that will definitely reshape my future! The ITMD bridging program introduced me to the world of medical research in Canada. The program design includes a wide variety of academic materials that enabled me to gain the required knowledge on assisting and coordinating medical research in Canada.

Mariam Iritsyan (from Armenia) – The ITMD bridging program is an excellent opportunity for skilled, internationally trained doctors to launch a new career in the Canadian health care system. Well-designed courses and an interactive learning environment helped me to effectively learn and network.

Siddharth Joshi (from Nepal) – The ITMD bridging program helps its participants to increase their confidence in the areas of health research, project management, and communication so that we can be productive in the health care system.

Dharmistha Kaul (from India) – The ITMD bridging program connected me to the world I was looking for in my professional field. The East has finally met the West!

Amila Piyathilake (from Sri Lanka) – The ITMD briding program helped me to reclaim my abilities in research, health informatics, and project management. The communication and leadership theme in this program provided a valuable perspective on how to apply my skills in the North American work culture, and it already started to reflect positively on my work. It was not only a bridging program but also a valuable meeting place of motivating colleagues and great teachers.

Arifa Rahman (from Bangladesh) – The ITMD bridging program gave me the opportunity to update my knowledge in my career field. It is a unique source of exchanging knowledge between internationally trained doctors who have vast experience and skills in their specialized fields. The courses offered by the program are required for any professional working in any health care setting.

Mosiur Rahman (from Bangladesh) – This bridging program helped me enhance the knowledge and skills that I have developed throughout my career. It also developed both my personal network and professional experiences by interacting with top students and teachers who are from diverse backgrounds.

Nisrine Salameh (from Lebanon) – The ITMD bridging program is an intense and highly effective program with powerful tools and amazing teachers. It opened the door to new opportunities and gave us hope.

Noma Salman (from Syria) – In order to succeed, we must diversify our learning and train for future job opportunities. The ITMD bridging program is a program that speeds up the learning curve in the field of clinical research and empowers physicians with new and exciting possibilities.

Prateek Sardana (from India) – The ITMD briding program offers the right orientation and networking opportunities to integrate students from diverse cultural backgrounds into the Canadian workplace. In addition to scientific research and project management skills, intense communication training is a key determining factor to be successful in any work environment, and the program provides this.

Haifeng (Frank) Yu (from China) – This unique program built up and polished my skills and gave me a great opportunity to network. I felt lucky that I applied and got selected. It is a very mind-opening program and it offers a starting point to explore the opportunities in the Canadian health care field.

Cohort 3 – Spring/Summer 2016

Ayman Abdelhady (from Egypt) – I believe that participation in the ITMD bridging program has enriched my skills and equipped me with the necessary tools to advance my career in Canada.  I found that welcoming classmates and engaged faculty were among the most important factors in creating a positive learning environment, along with friendship and unforgettable memories.

Omar Abdelmonem  (from Egypt) – The ITMD bridging program is an exceptional opportunity to integrate into the Canadian health system. The great design and the excellent instructors help you to clearly understand the concepts of medical research and project management. The practicum provides the chance to apply this knowledge and to prove your skills in the real world. Furthermore, the program offers favourable circumstances for professional networking in a completely positive atmosphere.

Mira Abdelshahid (from Egypt) – If you feel stuck in your professional path, the ITMD briding program is an appealing opportunity and starting point to further widen your knowledge, explore alternative chances, build your networking, and boost your skills.

Nour Amiri (from Iran) – I feel very fortunate to be a part of the ITMD bridging program here at Ryerson University. This innovative and intensive professional development program aims to utilize the skills of international medical graduates and integrate their hard and soft skills within the Canadian context. It offers a unique point of entry into the Canadian health care system.

Baskaran Annalingam (from Sri Lanka) – The ITMD bridging program exceeded my expectations in many regards, especially in the depth of information supplied and the access to networking opportunities in research and health management areas. It was a pleasure being a part of this program.

Ibrahim Elsharawi (from Egypt) – The ITMD bridging program is a unique program designed to help ITMDs utilize their skills and understand the fundamentals of research and health care management in Canada. It provides a wide knowledge base incorporating theoretical knowledge from sessions and also hands-on skills from the practicum.

Nancy Gupta (from India) – I have been very fortunate in getting accepted to ITMD bridging program. The comprehensive course curriculum of the program has provided me the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the Canadian health care system, and enough courage and motivation to pursue a career in health research in Canada.

Habeeb Khan (from KSA/Canada) – The ITMD bridging program is a great way for ITMDs to learn about the Canadian workplace culture and how to face some of the common hurdles we faced in Canada. It also provides the tools required to successfully navigate the Canadian job market. The instructors and staff are all very supportive. It is a great program.

Nazish Malik  (from Pakistan) – The ITMD bridging program is one platform that guides internationally trained medical doctors to explore multiple venues. Through its intelligently designed curriculum and practicum placement, it equips ITMDs with skills and networking options needed to get a foothold in the Canadian health care system. I wish this program had existed years ago when I came to Canada, but, it's never too late!

Nam Nguyen (from Vietnam) – The ITMD bridging program has offered me the unique opportunity to strengthen my necessary skills for the Canadian job market. It also expands my professional networking through practicum. Lastly, I feel blessed getting to know my wonderful classmates.

Abu Sadat Mohammad Nurunnabi (from Bangladesh) – I feel privileged to be a part of the third cohort of the ITMD bridging program at The Chang School. The courses are well-structured, efficiently delivered, and professionally useful. It helps to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to succeed in a multicultural workplace. It is also a wonderful opportunity to network. It offers a new beginning to explore the opportunities in the Canadian health care sector.

Saloomeh  Oudji (from Iran) – As an internationally trained medical doctor, I found this bridging program to be a very practical and fruitful learning opportunity. It helped me to solidify my knowledge and perspective of health research and health management in the context of the Canadian health system. It was a blessing that I got accepted in this program and I would definitely recommend this program to other medical doctors trained abroad.

Nayeemur Rahman (from Bangladesh) – This unique program comes with new and exciting possibilities for reshaping and transforming the skills and knowledge of internationally trained medical doctors through education and practicum experiences necessary for developing a career in health care research and management. This program has helped me in further developing my skills and knowledge in health research, management, leadership, and communication.

Imad El Sadek (from Palestine) – For me, the ITMD bridging program was a gate of opportunities. It helped me re-explore my interests, connect to people, and acquire new skills. It truly bridged my cultural gaps and built my confidence to pursue a satisfying alternative career.

Zalmay Sahak (from Afghanistan) – This program has solidified my knowledge and allowed me to acquire skills that will strengthen my chance of success in the future. It has also introduced me to subjects which have further developed my perspective on the knowledge of medicine.

Saima Saleem  (from Pakistan) – Through the ITMD bridging program, I gained a solid understanding of health informatics, research methodology, and project management. The program provided me with the knowledge and skills to work across health care sectors and collaborate with others effectively.

Prakash Shah (from India) – The ITMD bridging program is a morale booster for me. I was enlightened with additional knowledge that was not only helpful in my current job, but it broadened my horizon for future jobs. In the process, I befriended 19 amazing personalities from around the globe. The able leadership of the program coordinator with amalgamation of excellent faculties is what makes this Ryerson University program truly unique.

Mizanur Shuvra (from Bangladesh) – My conclusion about this program would be that the ITMD bridging program is a one-stop program that equips internationally trained medical doctors with the required knowledge, attitude, behavior, and skills for entering the mainstream non-licensed Canadian health care job market.

Nkiruka Uzonwanne (from Nigeria) – I felt very honoured to be selected as a participant of the ITMD bridging program, and as the program advanced, I realized that I was also very fortunate; this is a one-of-a-kind bridging program for internationally trained medical doctors. The program provides professional development which merges the hard skills of the ITMDs with the soft skills needed to succeed in the Canadian workplace. It is a point of entry into the Canadian health care system and an avenue for networking with fellow ITMDs, while gaining relevant experience through the practicum. It is a well-rounded program and I strongly recommend it to all ITMDs in Canada.