The Canadian On Paper Society for Immigrant Physicians Equality (COPSIPE) is a non-profit society that was incorporated in BC, Canada in July, 2020. The purposes of the society are:
- To educate the general public and politicians about the racial prejudice and systemic discrimination against immigrant physicians in Canada by using different means of communication.
- To promote health and improve access of the public to highly qualified physicians by public policy dialogue and development activities that support a thoughtful and merit-based system of integration of immigrant physicians into the healthcare system of Canada.
- To work to align policies, practices, and administration of licensing and access to employment in the medical field–which currently have the effect of marginalizing, excluding, and fostering prejudice against immigrant physicians–with the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights, human rights as set out in federal and provincial legislation, and relevant international covenants and agreements to which Canada is a signatory. This work will include seeking legal remedies and supporting representation for immigrant physicians harmed by systemic discrimination at different levels of access to practice opportunities in Canada.
Currently, the directors of the society include:
- Dr. Vahid Nilforushan, President
- Dr. Navid Pooyan, Vice-President and Treasurer
- Dr. Patricia Mahecha, Secretary
- Dr. Jasmik Saini
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Meet the Team
Dr. Vahid Nilforushan, president
Dr. Vahid Nilforushan is an anesthesiologist who was well-known and highly respected as a physician and assistant professor of anesthesiology at a leading university in Tehran, Iran. His establishment of an effective inpatient addiction treatment center in Iran drew the attention of the United Nations. Since immigrating, he has excelled at all exams necessary for Canadian credential recognition. He worked in supervised clinical settings for 3 years in Vancouver and conducted research. He has been training other IMGs for Canadian clinical skills exams as well. Unfair barriers prevent Vahid from becoming licensed. He is currently the president of the Canadian On Paper Society for Immigrant Physicians Equality and is one of the complainants in the current BC Human Rights Case.
Dr. Navid Pooyan, vice president
Dr. Navid Pooyan is an immigrant physician and international medical graduate that did his residency in family medicine at the University of British Columbia. He currently practices medicine in a community clinic in BC. He has always been an advocate for immigrant physicians and ending the discrimination against them. He is also one of the complainants in the human rights case against health authorities for discrimination of immigrant physicians.
Dr. Jasmik Saini
Dr. Jasmik Saini began his academic career at the University of Toronto where he completed his undergraduate studies in Human Biology and Health Studies. Prior to obtaining his MD degree, Dr. Saini was a committed public health researcher. He was awarded a research fellowship by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where his work focused on expanding and integrating social and public health policies with the delivery of community health services in Canada and abroad. He has an MPH from the University of Toronto with a specialization in epidemiology and global health.