Virden’s newest medical doctor began seeing patients in clinic appointments as a primary care physician on Sept. 19. As part of physician recruitment efforts within Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region Dr. Shady Attalla is contracted to work in Virden for the next four years.
One of the initiatives the region utilizes as part of overall recruitment strategies includes the provincial Medical Licensure Program for International Medical Graduates (MLPIMG). The ‘IMG Program’ assists foreign-trained doctors in obtaining their medical license to be able to practice as a primary care (family) physician in Manitoba.
The physicians and their start date in each community are listed below:
• Shady Attalla - Virden (started Sept. 19)
• Dalia Bushara - Roblin (started Oct. 3)
• Samin Izadi - Swan River (started Sept. 19)
• Sidra Jawed - Neepawa (started Sept. 19)
• Dina Koreen - Russell (started Sept. 19)
In return for regional sponsorship, IMG doctors agree to practice in their respective communities for four years. The Program is supported by the University of Manitoba —Max Rady College of Medicine, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and Manitoba Health.
During the next rotation, which is already underway, PMH is sponsoring five more IMG physicians who commenced their training program this past June. If successful, they will be able to commence practice within the health region sometime next fall (2023).