Practice Ready Assessment - British Columbia (PRA-BC)
In 2015, the province of British Columbia launched an assessment program for internationally educated family physicians who have completed residencies in Family Medicine outside of Canada. This program, known as Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia (PRA-BC), provides qualified family physicians with an alternative pathway to licensure in BC.
As a program, PRA-BC assessed 53 family physicians since 2015. These family physicians are now practising in 32 underserved rural communities throughout BC.
In consultation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and Health Match BC, PRA-BC assists applicants through an initial screening process to assess their probable eligibility for licensure in BC and participation in PRA-BC. Once eligible candidates are selected, health authorities in BC identify practice clinics in underserved rural communities where candidates are selected and interviewed for potential hire.
Upon selection by health authorities and completion of PRA-BC requirements, candidates will fulfill a three-year return of service (ROS) within those communities.
PRA-BC is a collaborative venture between the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues comprised of representatives from the provincial government and Doctors of BC, the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine's Division of Continuing Professional Development, BC health authorities and Health Match BC.