New doctor in Maidstone thanks to SIPPA program

The province is reporting that a new family doctor is practicing in Maidstone.

Dr. Amin Kazem Tabrizi is the latest addition to that community, arriving as part of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program.

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Dr. Tabrizi is among 14 “International Medical Graduates” who completed the most recent assessment and are starting practice. SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses IMGs on their education and clinical ability before allowing them to practice medicine in the province.

A total of 210 new family physicians have completed the assessment since the program began in 2011.

In addition, another 14 IMGs are doing field assessments with the hope of being able to begin practising this fall.

“SIPPA is very pleased to support Saskatchewan’s need for physicians in communities across the province,” said Dr. Jon Witt, Medical Director of SIPPA for the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, in a statement.

“We are helping to create a sustainable physician workforce for Saskatchewan, while offering rural, regional/urban and emergency room experience to all candidates to support them in their future practice environment.”

“Saskdocs is once again pleased to hear about all of the international medical graduates becoming part of the province’s health care workforce,” Saskdocs’ CEO Erin Brady said in a statement.

“These IMGs play an important role, as do their professional colleagues who all help to deliver high-quality, team-based care to the people of Saskatchewan, especially those living in rural and remote communities.”

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