Vahid Nilforushan M.D., founder and instructor

Dr. Vahid Nilforushan, the founder and instructor of this course, is a well-known physician in Canada and Iran. He has a passion and special talent for teaching, and has a proven track record in leadership, clinical practice, teaching, innovation, research and advocacy for international medical graduates (IMGs) and patients.

Dr. Nilforushan is a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada and holds an ECFMG certificate. He practiced for over two years as a clinical associate in postoperative cardiac surgery at Vancouver General Hospital, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. With duties similar to hospitalists, he had the privilege to manage and assist with the management of many complicated patients after cardiac surgery. Despite the high level of satisfaction of his colleague and patients with his performance, he had to leave his work because of the time limit to his license. You will see the endorsements of some of the top physicians at Harvard Medical School, UCLA and Vancouver General Hospital about him below. 

Dr. Nilforushan had other clinical experiences and was involved in a variety of teaching and research experiences in BC too. He has passed all the MCC and USMLE exams including the MCCQE2 and USMLE step 3 with remarkable scores. He completed the IMG BC Clinical Assessment Program (CAP) with high performance too. These resulted in getting interview offers from family medicine residency programs at the UBC and University of Toronto and some residency programs in the US.

Having had a variety of invaluable experiences, caring greatly for IMGs and having faced hardships and unfair barriers for practicing in Canada, he has pursued a variety of activities to support and improve the integration of IMGs into the medical system of Canada. He has worked hard for many years to create highly effective free or affordable preparation programs and courses for IMGs for excelling in the NAC OSCE and passing the MCCQE2 exam. This has been a response to those IMGs who have found most other preparation programs unhelpful, crowded and expensive. As a result, his students have gotten great results and have been highly satisfied with his programs. Many of his students are currently residents or independently practicing physicians in North America. 

Dr. Nilforushan has also demonstrated his concerns for IMGs by volunteering his time and expertise to be a voice for IMGs and actively advocating for them to end the discrimination they have been facing in Canada for access to practice opportunities. In 2020, he co-founded a non-profit society called Canadian On Paper Society for Immigrant Physicians Equality (COPSIPE) for this purpose. To learn more about his advocacy activities or watch his interviews with the Global News National and BC and CTV News BC in this regard, please visit COPISPE’s website.

Before immigration to Canada, Dr. Nilforushan worked as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Shahid Beheshti (SBUMS) and Tehran University of Medical Sciences, two leading medical universities in Tehran, Iran. Patenting a device for facilitation of difficult intubation and co-founding the first inpatient addiction treatment center in Tehran which drew the attention of the United Nations are among his other achievements. 
His educational background includes graduation in medicine with highest distinction from SBUMS in Tehran, Iran, standing first in the residency entrance examination among all applicants for different disciplines at SBUMS and standing first in the National Board Examination of Anesthesia in Iran.
What he is sharing with you is based on years of studies, clinical practice, experience and teaching at a high level and with commitment to the highest standards.

You will certainly find them unique, innovative and invaluable.


“It has been my great pleasure to work with Dr. Nilforushan since June of 2015, where he has been responsible for the in-hospital post-operative care of cardiac surgical patients at Vancouver General Hospital. He has proven himself to be one of the most dedicated physicians I have ever worked with, and always puts patient care as his first priority. This population of patients is often very sick, and have a large number of complex problems which need to be addressed. Dr. Nilforushan’s attention to detail, and excellent clinical skills have been responsible for averting major complications in several of our patients. Because of this, I am certain that the excellent outcomes enjoyed by cardiac surgical patients at Vancouver General Hospital are in part due to the high quality of care provided by Dr. Nilforushan.”

– Dr. Richard Cook M.D.
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of British Columbia
Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at Vancouver General Hospital

“I had the privilege to work along-side Dr. Nilforushan for fourteen months as an Anesthesiology Resident at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Anesthesiology Residency Program in Tehran/Iran from October 1994 to December 1995. Dr. Nilforushan has exceptional knowledge in the field of anesthesia. His degree of intelligence is reflected by his first rank in Iranian Anesthesiology Board Certification Exam in 1997. I was always inspired by his level of cognitive skills that he showed during our training. He became Assistant Professor of two very well-known Universities in Tehran. He is a highly motivated person; he founded the first standard private center for addiction treatment in the city of Tehran. He has also a comprehensive experience in the field of clinical research and academic teaching.”

– A. Sassan Sabouri M.D., Assistant Professor, 
Department of Anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Visiting Professor, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

“I have known Dr. Nilforushan since our early days of Medical School and throughout his professional career. I found Dr. Nilforushan to be a brilliant clinician, meticulous researcher and a passionate patient advocate. He has devoted his life’s work to advancement and improvement of Clinical care and patient safety in the field of anesthesiology.” 

– Ali Salehi M.D.
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Dr. Nilforushan. He is a truly dedicated and capable physician. He is not only a talented clinician who takes excellent care of his patient, he is also a caring physician who takes the time to listen. I have always had very high confidence in his abilities to care for the complex patients in the post cardiac surgery setting.”

– Dr. Joel Price
Cardiac, Aortic and endovascular surgeon at the University of British Columbia
Vancouver General Hospital