IMG Peer Support Network
IMG Peer Support Network Overview
Are you an International Medical Graduate (IMG) who completed the BC-PIP program within the last five years? Are you looking for support from a coach or mentor to assist with goal setting, career planning, clinical skills, work-life balance or integration into the BC medical system?
If this sounds like you, our brand-new peer support network for one-on-one and group support will help you reach your goals. As an International Medical Graduate, you experience unique challenges. We’re here to support you, so you can support your patients and community.
As well as foster a community of peer support for IMGs across BC, The IMG Peer Support Network is designed to enable you to navigate the early transitional years of medical practice in BC by pairing IMG physicians with either more experienced physicians (mentors) or peer partners (coaches).
Program dates: October 2023 to April 2024
TIME COMMITMENT: Between 8 and 13.5 hours over six months (recommended 1-hour per month meeting with your coach or mentor, plus three optional group sessions)
ACCREDITATION: Up to 13.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits
Benefits of Participation
The program will:
Develop connections amongst a community of IMGs
Support you in your career goals
Personalize support and career advice one-on-one with a coach or mentor
Assist with integration into the BC health care system
Get support for:
Integrating into a new community
Clinical or business skills
Teaching or supervising students
Fitting into the BC health care system
Personal and lifestyle goals
What you get:
Connection with a community of IMGs going through similar experiences
Personalized support with goal setting and career advice
Monthly check-ins with your coach or mentor
One Orientation session at the start of the program
Three group sessions to learn about a skill, as chosen by the group
Private WhatsApp group for program participants
Calling All Coaches and Mentors
Are you a physician who wants to support the newest physicians to BC? Sign up as a mentor or coach of the IMG Peer Support Network and give back to your community.
Develop and enhance skills through the fulfillment and satisfaction that will come from assisting a less experienced colleague.
Two-way learning process provides opportunities for coaches/mentors to learn from their coaches/mentees.
Professional development training on various topics
Free training on giving and receiving feedback
8 to 13.5 hours over six months (monthly 1-hour meetings plus optional professional development sessions)
Up to 6.5-hour Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Paid up to 6.0 hours at the sessional rate for meetings with your partner
Application details coming soon.