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Alternative Careers in Health Promotion and Education for Internationally Trained Physicians

If you are an internationally trained physician, meaning you’ve acquired your training in a country outside of Canada, this Ontario Bridge Training Program may be for you.
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About the Program

The Ontario Bridge Training Program (The Alternative Careers in Health Promotion and Education) at LEF runs for 24 weeks and is designed to empower internationally trained physicians for employment within Ontario's healthcare ecosystem in non-practitioner roles. 

Throughout the program, you will explore essential topics such as the Public Health and Health Care Systems in Ontario, Health Promotion and Education Foundations, Business Communication, and Cultural Competence.

Registration is now open.
Next Cohort:
September 2024
First information session:
July 15th


  • Medical Degree from an institution outside of Canada (WES or another academic equivalency required)

  • If you still need to assess your credentials and are from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela, we can help you to evaluate your credentials through the WES Gateway program.

  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or Protected Persons, Ukrainian Temporary Resident (CUAET), Refugee Claimant, Naturalized Canadian Citizen

  • Minimum English Level of CLB 8/9

  • In Canada 7 years or less

  • Live in Ontario

Participants Fee

  • The fee for this program is $300. This fee offsets the training or academic portion of the program.

  • The Government of Ontario kindly funds all other costs related to the program and employment services. The fee represents a small proportion (approximately 10 percent) of the overall cost of the program.

For more information contact:

To learn more about the Alternative Careers in Health Promotion and Education for IMGs Bridging Program, please contact Masood Noora at Phone: 416-769-0830 Ext 2592 or Email: mnoora@lefca.org

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Course Descriptions

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Public Health and Health Care System in Ontario

This course will provide an overview of the health care system in Canada, along with any major public health issues across the country, with a specific focus on Ontario. It will discuss social determinants of health, relevant research, health policy, and the work and role of Community Health Centres in Ontario, as well as health care advocacy organizations.
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Health Promotion and Education Foundations

This course will introduce the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, models, theories, frameworks and community, and societal level change theories, as well as an introduction to strategy development. The course will also provide basic principles and practices in community development, including needs assessments, community consultations, program planning and evaluation, social marketing principles, training/education techniques, and how to identify and develop community-level health projects.
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Business Communication and Cultural Competence

This course will provide essential business communications skills, which includes expectations surrounding workplace communications, workplace diversity, cross-cultural communications, teamwork, as well as essential conflict resolution skills. There is also an introduction to various tools that are used in the workplace, including survey platforms, and social media and marketing platforms.
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This course will feature opportunities to meet with leaders and potential employers in Healthcare Promotion and Education. This connective approach provides you with valuable insights on work environments and expectations for working at an organization. This course also teaches proven job searching tactics, like how to research organizations and hiring managers, using online searching tools, and building your resumes and cover letters. You’ll also practice interviewing and learn techniques on how to find and develop a network. The Careers Course sets you up to build a longer-term career plan and strategy. It’s thinking about your life now and taking steps to control your future.
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