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Foreign doctors’ hopes for fast-track pandemic licenses in Canada fading

Amir Bajehkian, a co-founder of Trained to Save Lives, a Vancouver-based advocacy group for international medical graduates, said he was optimistic when British Columbia initially announced the new class of license.

He hoped it would fulfill requests foreign-trained doctors had been making for years.

But the requirements of at least two years’ postgraduate training, strict English fluency and a specialty in acute care barely moved the needle on who was able to apply, Bajehkian said.

“A lot of physicians are like, what’s the point? Why are you doing this?” he said.

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