Statement on Saudi Arabian Medical Trainees

This week we learned the unfortunate news that our residents and fellows from Saudi Arabia would not be able to continue their medical training in Canada. We appreciate what a difficult time this is for them. The CAGS community is extremely saddened by this loss. Our residents have enriched our Canadian surgical programs and in turn, have returned home to enrich their own general surgery programs. We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership in some places spanning more than 4 decades. We continue to remain hopeful that this can be resolved to the benefit of our trainees and the communities they serve.

Dr. David Urbach
CAGS President