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RFP--Curriculum Development Consultant, Association of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Curriculum Development for "Alternative Employment in the Health Sector for International Medical Graduates " Employment Preparation Program

Consulting contract: Curriculum Development

The consultant will develop the common curriculum for employment preparation (counselling, transferable skills, job search, communications etc.) to be used in all project sites across Ontario. A common curriculum will be developed for use in all project sites by

* Identifying and collating existing Sector Terminology Information and Counselling (STIC) for Healthcare curricula and existing material produced by AIPSO affiliate groups and settlement/employment collaborators and adapting as required

* Identifying information gaps and creating new material where necessary

* Creating a resource list of relevant educational programs in Ontario for non-regulated health related employment
The Association of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (AIPSO) is a not-for-profit, independent professional association dedicated to providing a voice for the more than 2,000 internationally-trained physicians and surgeons. Its mission is to ensure the effective and equitable integration of internationally trained physicians into the Canadian health care system.

To facilitate this process AIPSO is governed by the following objectives: facilitation of access to the licensing process for internationally-trained physicians; collaborative work with other stakeholders to identify and develop appropriate assessment, orientation, upgrading, and integration programs for internationally-trained physicians; and providing information to members on licensing and meaningful employment in the health care field.

Background to the Project: Alternative Employment in the Health Sector for International Medical Graduates

AIPSO has received funding from the Access to Professions and Trades Unit of the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, to undertake the development of a program to assist internationally trained physicians currently unable to practice medicine in Ontario to access employment in other (non-regulated) health related fields.

Project goal

To develop and pilot sector specific employment preparation and counselling services and employer outreach specific to internationally trained physicians which will assist them in making a transition into alternative employment in the health sector that will make effective use of their skills.

Projected Outcomes

1. International physicians are aware of their options for alternative employment in the health care sector.

2. International physicians have access to information that will assist them to make timely decisions about career direction and create realistic action plans for employment goals.

3. Health sector employers are well informed about the human resource potential that international physicians represent.

4. Key health sector employers are actively engaged in finding effective ways to use the transferable skills of international physicians to meet their (non-regulated) human resource needs.

5. Unemployed or underemployed international physicians move to either directly into health sector employment, or into re-training programs that will allow them to qualify for health sector employment.

Key Outputs

* Common model, curriculum, and resource materials for a physician-specific employment preparation program, based on the STIC model, for moving international physicians into alternative employment in the health care sector

* New partnerships or expansion of existing relationships between organizations supporting international physicians and health sector employers


* Interim progress reports on

* Existing materials identified and reviewed, adapted

* Gaps identified, new materials required

* Delivery ready curriculum package, with facilitators materials and participant materials covering orientation to alternative health related employment (labour market overview; exploring career options including retraining/bridging; transferable skills; self assessment; evaluation of options, decision-making, action planning) and job search skills

* Resource catalogue of relevant educational/training programs for non-regulated health sector employment

* Final curriculum adjustments based on feedback from project pilot

Project Timelines

The consultant is expected to begin work in January 2005.

Curriculum Outline: March 15

Curriculum Full Draft: April 30

Curriculum Final Draft: May 30

The curriculum will be pilot tested during a program pilot delivery from July to December 2005. Consultant should also be available to undertake minor curriculum revisions based on pilot feedback.

Project Budget

The project is expected to require 30-50 consulting days at a competitive community consulting rate. Budget should include expected costs for travel and communications with AIPSO regional affiliates (6) in major Southern Ontario cities.

Content of Proposals

Submissions for this project should address the following:

* the consultant's familiarity with the issues facing internationally trained physicians/professionals; knowledge of health sector employment and other information content required for the deliverables

* description of the consultant's expertise with collaborative curriculum development and employment services delivery and of the consultant's experience in completing similar projects

* work plan and methodology that outlines the schedule of activities along with the approach to be undertaken by the consultant

* a detailed budget which includes a breakdown of all fees and project expenses including related taxes

* two references for work done on comparable projects including the organization names and contact persons

Criteria for Selection

Proposals will be evaluated with consideration given to the following criteria:

* Relevant experience and expertise

* Demonstrated familiarity with employment preparation needs of international professionals/physicians

* Effective methodology and workplan

* Ability to meet all deliverables and deadlines

* Demonstrated experience with consultative mutli-stakeholder projects

* Knowledge, experience of heath related labour market a definite asset

Due date and format for proposal submission:

Please submit you proposal in electronic format (Word). Additional hard copies will also be accepted but are not required.

Please forward proposals by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 to

Joan Atlin

Executive Director, AIPSO

2 Carlton Street, Suite 820

Toronto, ON M6B 1J3

Fax: (416) 979-9853

Interviews will be held in Toronto on Friday, December 17.

If you wish to obtain a more detailed project summary of the overall project, please contact Joan Atlin at

We thank you for your interest. Only shortlisted consults will be contacted.