What is Bridge Delivery?

The CCNM bridge delivery for international medical professionals offers graduates of medical schools an opportunity to further their health care careers in Canada. Successful applicants to the CCNM program must have graduated from a medical school recognized by Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and will have demonstrated their knowledge through standard examinations such as the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) or the United States Medical Licensing Examination Part I (USMLEI), one of which is required for entry into the CCNM program.

Required courses are organized into a compressed period so that the program can be completed in 24 months. The six-term (two-year) curriculum incorporates all of the competencies of the four-year full-time naturopathic medical program, acknowledges previous medical experience and education, while concurrently providing additional supports to address the unique needs inherent to an IMG cohort.

Many foreign trained medical doctors feel that the nature of a naturopathic doctor’s practice is much closer to their experience as a medical doctor than practice in the provincial fee-for-service system that drives the average duration of standard visits to allopathic doctors to less than 10 minutes. Modalities associated with naturopathic medicine are used world-wide: clinical nutrition; lifestyle management; traditional Asian medicine and acupuncture; botanical (herbal) medicine; physical medicine, and homeopathy are used the world over and are the modalities delivered at CCNM.

Why should I consider bridge delivery of the ND Program?

Doctors and health-care professionals who arrive in Canada as immigrants or refugees are generally discouraged from seeking a medical licence. Those who wish to pursue a career in medicine must negotiate a complicated and costly series of evaluating and licensing examinations, and even when these exams are successfully completed, there are additional barriers. In Canada, international medical graduates are required to perform up to two years in a hospital resident program. However, their access to residence programs has been limited, and this exclusion creates frustration for those who want to further their careers as Canadian doctors.

International medical graduates have the education and expertise that is valued in Canada. Through the bridge delivery of its naturopathic medical program, CCNM is providing access to education for those who wish to further enhance their knowledge and skills for a successful health-care career in Canada.

We at CCNM see the value in ensuring that more highly trained immigrants in Canada can build upon the knowledge and skills that helped them gain entry to the country, and employ these skills through gainful employment. We believe the bridge program also assists in providing greater health-care choice and thus greater access to health care. Bridge-delivery graduates may provide an expanded service to immigrant communities, helping these communities feel more equal as partners in the Ontario health-care model through access to primary-care practitioners who are familiar with community and cultural needs.