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Who we are

The following organizations will fully commit to meaningful engagement by each organization as a constructive contributor towards the building of the Alliance for Doctors Denied by Degree vision and purpose:


  • Society of Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad (SOCASMA)

  • Canadian on Paper Society for Immigrant Physicians Equality (COP)

  • SFU Refugee Livelihood Lab

  • Foundation of International Medical Graduates


MOSAIC is hosting and convening the Alliance for Doctors Denied by Degree.

MOSAIC is one of the largest settlement non-profit organizations in Canada. MOSAIC serves immigrant, refugee, migrant and mainstream communities in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as well as throughout the province of BC and overseas via partnership and online programs. As a recognized leader, MOSAIC advocates for and engage communities in creating a just and inclusive society.


To eradicate the systemic discrimination faced by graduates of medical schools outside Canada and the United States by removing barriers so that access to the medical profession is based on competence of the individual regardless of place of education, race, gender, or age.


The Purpose

To build strategic alliances to address systemic issues related to:

(a) exclusion of graduates of international medical schools before and after they have proven equivalency and had their credentials recognized, 

(b) barriers to career advancement, and 

(c) equitable access of newcomers to the health care system.


To support five doctors who filed a Human Rights Complaint against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and others, challenging the discrimination against graduates of international medical schools. 



1. Provide recommendations for advancing the vision and purpose of the Alliance for Doctors Denied by Degree across Canada. 

2. Identify opportunities that will support the development and implementation of key messages and public awareness strategies though community education and media engagement.

3. Provide advice on how other advocacy efforts could align and integrate with the Alliance for Doctors Denied by Degree.

4. Provide a virtual repository of information and research for the Alliance for Doctors Denied by Degree identify opportunities for potential funding, alignment and partnership across Canada.

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