About the Symposium

Perspectives is an annual one-day symposium hosted by Touchstone Institute in Toronto, Canada. Our 2017 symposium, Perspectives on Successful Transitions for Internationally Educated Health Professionals, will explore the development of transition programming for IEHPs in Ontario. Speakers from post-graduate and bridging education programs, professional regulation and immigrant-serving agencies will share experiences, challenges, lessons and opportunities.

Featured Speakers

Lessons from the Healthforce Integration Research and Education for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (HIRE-IEHPs) project

Dr. Zubin Austin
Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto

Positive affirmation and action as career development strategies

Dr. Norm Amundson
Professor, Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia

Interactive Interdisciplinary Sessions

Reflections on the success of transition and bridge programs for IEHPs

  • Fok-Han Leung, University of Toronto Family Medicine Postgraduate Program
  • Jenna Bright, International Optometric Bridging Program, University of Waterloo
  • Pat Bradley, IEN Program, York University School of Nursing
  • Holliday Tyson, International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program, Ryerson University

Research on impacts and outcomes

  • Andrea Baumann, McMaster University
  • Inge Shabort, McMaster University, Touchstone Institute
  • Ivy Bourgeault, University of Ottawa
  • Sandra Monteiro, McMaster University, Touchstone Institute

Panel: Responding to applicants’ needs for targeted transition programming

  • Jan Robinson, College of Veterinarians of Ontario
  • Roz Smith, HealthForceOntario
  • SusanVanDeVelde-Coke, CARE4Nurses
  • Shafi Bhuiyan, Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program, Ryerson University

About Touchstone Institute

Touchstone Institute facilitates entry to training or practice for internationally educated health care professionals (IEHPs) through competency assessment and education. Working with national and provincial government regulators, academic partners and subject matter experts, our programs support excellence in Canada’s health professions. We provide objective, standardized competency assessments that recognize the diverse qualifications of international candidates and comprehensive, flexible education programs to help them transition to training and practice in Canada.