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A Bitter Pill: utilizing the talents of refugee women doctors
Did you know there are many fully qualified medical doctors waiting to work in Canada?
Did you know that 90% of medical resident physician jobs in Canada are closed to international doctors?
It’s a terrible waste of talent and a loss for our communities.

MAP's “In Focus” series presents ‘A BITTER PILL - utilizing the talents of refugee women doctors’: a panel discussion event on refugee women doctors and the systemic barriers they face pursuing their profession in Canada. Hear the story of a former refugee who had to change her career path, the lawyer who is leading the Human Rights complaint and a public health perspective that will describe what we are all missing out on.

Join us on Thursday, March 4th from 7-8:30pm online to learn more about the challenges they face and how we can draw attention to this injustice!

Mar 4, 2021 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Zarghoona Wakil
Senior Manager, Specialized and Innovative Programs @MOSAIC BC
Zarghoona is an International Medical Doctor (Internal Medicine), with a Master of Public Health degree from Simon Fraser University. She has experience in healthcare and in the settlement field in BC. She currently oversees a large cluster of specialized programs that serve diverse communities and includes various programs, including MOSAIC health promotion programs. Zarghoona is involved in several local and national partnerships including BC Health Coalition, Primary Care Network, PREV Net, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, and the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network in Surrey. She is the Chair of the board of directors of Umbrella Multicultural Health Coop and is a Co-Chair of the Steering Committee at BC Health Coalition. Additionally, she is involved in advocacy for innovation in healthcare services to improve the quality and equity of the healthcare system.
Rosemary Pawliuk
President @Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad. (SOCASMA)
Rosemary Pawliuk, BA, LLB, is president of Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad (SOCASMA), a national organization which supports and provides information to international medical graduates (IMGs). SOCASMA filed legal action in the BC Supreme Court to address systemic discrimination against IMGs. Rosemary is dedicated to bringing down the barriers to licensing in Canada for IMGs. She leads a research team which studies the organizations, accreditation, credential recognition, process, law, and rules relevant to entry into the medical profession via residency training. She volunteers her time, knowledge, and expertise supporting the complainants in the BC Human Rights Case.
Lawyer @MKS Immigration Lawyers
Tess Acton is a lawyer who assists clients from all around the world with their Canadian immigration, refugee, and citizenship matters. She practices at MKS Immigration Law in Vancouver and Victoria. Tess is interested in litigation matters and refugee protection, as well as complex temporary and permanent residence applications, including criminal, security, and medical admissibility issues. She holds a J.D. from the University of Ottawa and an LL.M. from the University of Victoria. Her LL.M. research focused on working with interpreters in refugee law. Tess is the Vice Chair of the Excellence in Literacy Foundation. She keeps busy outside of work baking pastries, practicing yoga, and planning road trips in her 1985 Westfalia.