Hospital bridges gap for IEPs

Internships help St. Michael’s reflect diverse patient population
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/22/2010

With Canadian demographics becoming more diverse and looming baby boomer retirements, the health-care field needs to look beyond traditional pools of talent, according to John King, the executive vice-president and chief administrative officer at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

“The future of Canadian health care really rests with internationally trained professionals,” he said.

The hospital — which serves a diverse patient group in downtown Toronto including new Canadians and people living in poverty — partnered with Career Bridge in 2004 to provide internships to internationally educated professionals (IEPs).