Touchstone Institute researches, designs and develops education programs for international medical graduates (IMGs).
Our programs are reviewed, designed and led by health professionals, with the input and guidance of academic professionals. In clinical teaching sessions, physician facilitators are involved in the daily learning of candidates, while standardized patients act as resources, offering valuable feedback.
Once a program has been launched, we continue to evaluate, grow and refresh its sessions. All classroom sessions, online modules and individual lecturers are evaluated and an overall program evaluation is conducted at the conclusion of each cohort (group of students).
Evaluation data provide important information on learners’ needs and progress. We use this data to revise and expand courses to ensure they convey relevant, highly contextualized information that supports the learners.
According to the preceptors and family medicine program directors, our pre-residency programs have been successful in preparing IMGs for residency training. The results are that new residents are better able to handle their responsibilities in the training and patient care environments.
Our pre-residency programs (PRP and PRPFM) are now mandatory for all IMGs who have been accepted into residency positions in the province.
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