Physician mission: B.C. pressed to recognize qualifications of foreign-trained doctors

August 29, 2021

By Vancouver Sun

Dr. Harry Tabrizi — an ear, nose and throat surgeon who practised medicine for more than a decade in Iran before immigrating to Canada — now sells hearing aids in Surrey.

The problem? Tabrizi and thousands of other foreign-trained doctors are unable to get approved to work as physicians in British Columbia or other parts of Canada, despite a significant doctor shortage in this province and elsewhere.

“There is a shortage of every (type of doctor) that you can think about in health care. And I’m sitting here, I’m selling hearing aids, basically. I can suture somebody who is bleeding … but he is losing blood and I’m losing my confidence in myself,” Tabrizi said.

“I think that there are some mismatches between the skills available and the people in need.”

Since immigrating to Canada in 2012, Tabrizi has taken and passed nine different tests and exams to prove that his medical qualifications and language skills are proficient enough to be a physician in Canada. And he is willing to work in any B.C. location, as he has experience in both the city of Tehran and smaller communities.

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