Internationally Educated HealthProfessionals Why Choose Saskatchewan? Learn about Saskatchewans health care system and find out why health professionals from around the world come to Saskatchewan each year. English is Important Find information on English language requirements for health care professionals, how to have your English tested, and options to improve your English. Getting Licensed Learn about the registration and licensing process for health care professionals. This section also contains a list of regulatory bodies that grant licenses to practice, information on the process to get licensed for most health care occupations, and a guide to help you research the licensing process for your profession. Working in Health Care Saskatchewan offers many job opportunities in health care. Learn what health care professionals should know about working in Saskatchewan and find links to websites that list available health care jobs. Options for Immigrating Learn about the options for immigrating to Saskatchewan as a health care professional. Assess Your Situation This section contains a list of five factors that other immigrants have found helped them succeed in Saskatchewan: English Language proficiency; eligibility for a licence; employment; adaptability; and
the Saskatchewan "fit". Common Questions This section lists common questions about getting a licence in a regulated health profession, such as: Do I need a licence to work in my profession in Saskatchewan? How do I obtain a licence? How long will it take and how much will it cost? What can I do before I arrive?Experiences Working inSaskatchewans Health CareSystemHealth professionals from around the world have settled in Saskatchewan and are making a significantcontribution.Senthil
For some, choosing a Saskatchewancommunity means they can focus on their specialty. Senthil is a psychiatrist with Child and Youth Servicesat the Regina General Hospital."Although I had several offers across Canada, I decided to come to Regina because the job was in my areaof specialty. Also, there was a community of Indian doctors here and it was a larger center for my family."Senthil found his present position through an internet search. Within six months from when he applied, hewas offered the position."The health region sponsored me for a site visit and helped me obtain a working visa. I recommend otherstake advantage of the site visits. It helped me make my decision."Senthil eased his transition by contacting his coworkers before he arrived."Prior to coming, I was able to talk via email and phone with the other psychiatrists on staff. This made a
big difference. I felt we had established a rapport and I had a better understanding of the job.The General Hospital is a wonderful place to work. In addition to my practice, I mentor psychiatry studentsas a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan. I enjoy working with the students."(Read more about Senthils experience).Patricia Family plays a big part for some in thedecision to come to Saskatchewan. Patricias sisterinlaw Charity encouraged her to come and helped herfind work at a longterm care facility."My first job was as a nurses aide at the health care facility where my sisterinlaw works. Because I wastrained as a Registered Nurse and had landed immigrant status, I was able to work in health care
immediately. After I qualified for my graduate nurse licence, I moved into a nursing position in the samefacility."Nursing in Canada is different from Ghana."Medicine is medicine wherever you are in the world. However, I found the approach different in Canada.Nurses, for example, have a lot more responsibilities in Ghana. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to attenda program that helps internationally trained health professionals understand the differences and adjust to theCanadian health care system. It was very helpful and I would recommend it to others."Coworkers have helped Patricia adjust to her new environment."I have found people very willing to help if they know you need help. I am not shy. If I have difficulty in aparticular area, I ask for help."In the future, Patricia hopes to draw on her past research experience to contribute to AIDS research."Back home in Ghana, I held a variety of positions including AIDS research. I hope in the future to becomeinvolved with a local group that is looking at HIV/AIDS programming."(Read more about Patricias experience).Mawien
For some health professionals, moving out of the majorcities can mean more opportunities to develop within their profession. Mawien chose to practice in a ruralhospital."I am a Family Physician at the Wynyard Hospital and Community Health center. Practicing in a ruralcommunity allows me to use my skills more fully than I would be able to in a larger center. We see quite avariety of cases and have to quickly assess who to treat and who to transfer to the city hospitals."Saskatchewan offers additional support for physicians moving to rural areas."A special program provides some funding for physicians who come to rural areas. It is good to know aboutthese things and to apply."For Mawien, working in a hospital as a nuclear medicine technologist for four years eased the transition topractising medicine in Canada."I had a good understanding of the Canadian health care system and experience interacting with the patients
as a technologist now I do it as a physician."Mawien was recently recognized with a national award for research."A colleague and I received the 2008 national Family Medicine Resident Scholarship award for our researchon Vitamin D levels. I like research. Several other doctors and I are now looking at possible researchtopics related to rural medicine."(Read more about Mawiens experience).Anne Those who have settled in Saskatchewan,know the importance of support and a "home away from home" when they first arrive.
Anne, a registered nurse originally from the Philippines, is helping to create an association to support newFilipino nurses."I have worked as an operating room nurse at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina since 2004. When I firstarrived, I was shocked to realize that I had to start over from scratch. I had to establish myself assomeone who could do her job.I had to build trust and a rapport with my coworkers. I know what the adjustment is like, so I ampassionate about helping to create an association for Filipino nurses. It will support new nurses as theyarrive, begin work and prepare for their exams."Anne feels she has received good support from her work unit."The unit where I work in the hospital is wonderful. When I first arrived, I had the skills but I found theenvironment was very different. The Canadian health care system, unlike the Philippines, uses acommunitybased approach and is patient driven. The senior nurses were always there to help me."The learning goes both ways."We have a number of Canadian and internationally trained nurses working together. There are culturaldifferences. For example, eye contact in Canada is a sign of respect; in the Philippines, it is a sign ofdisrespect. The hospital provides training to help nurses learn from each other. It is making a difference."(Read more about Annes experience).
Get More Information● College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan● ○ Physicians - Applying to Saskatchewan for Assessment of Credentials● National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities●● Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan●● Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses●● Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists●● Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists●● Saskatchewan College of Midwives●● Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists●● Saskatchewan College of Podiatrists●● Saskatchewan College of Psychologists●● Saskatchewan Dental Assistants Association●● Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association●● Saskatchewan Dietitians Association●● Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association●● Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists●● Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists
Bursaries ● Saskatchewan Health Bursary ProgramRetention Program ● Provincial Nursing Mentorship Initiative ● Saskatchewan Graduate Retention ProgramAre there job opportunities for me inSaskatchewan?Saskatchewan has opportunities for health care workers in certain professions. While job openings areavailable in any health occupation, physicians, nurses, medical techologists and technicians and a numberof the therapy occupations are in high demand. Check the job sites listed below to see what positions areavailable in your occupation: ● Health Careers in Saskatchewan is the provincial recruitment agency that helps job seekers find employment with the Saskatchewan regional health authorities and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. ● Health Regions: Saskatchewan is divided into 13 regions. Each has a regional health authority that organizes and delivers health services. ● Saskjobs.ca is the largest jobposting site in Saskatchewan. It has job postings in entrylevel, trade, professional and management positions. ● Here you can find more information to assist you in your job search.Not all health professionals are hired in the public healthcare system. Many regulated health professionals,such as chiropractors, dental assistants,dental hygienists, optometrists, pharmacists and podiatristswork in private businesses. For example, dentists set up their own businesses and often hire dentaltherapists and dental assistants. Many private clinics offer physiotherapy services, and private diagnosticlabs also employ health care workers.You can start your job search before you come to Canada. If you already qualify for a license, or if you wantto work in an unregulated position, you may be eligible for a temporary work permit