ctv atlantic: He completed his medical degree in 2009 and spent two-and-a-half years working as an orthopedic surgeon in his native Syria, according to CTV. When he left Syria due to the civil war, he spent three years practising medicine in Jordan. Loai Al Rifai is one of them. Read more on this story from CTV Atlantic Now in Canada, Al Rifai is not yet able to share his medical knowledge with Nova Scotian patients. Although he has taken classes and is conversant in English, he feels his language skills haven't developed to the point where he is comfortable writing Nova Scotia's mandatory medical exam. Instead, he finds himself working at a hardware store in Halifax. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.