Practice Ready Assessment - British Columbia (PRA-BC)
In 2015, the province of British Columbia launched a pilot 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), will provide qualified family physicians with a pathway to licensure in BC.
In consultation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) 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 the PRA-BC program. 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 program requirements, candidates will fulfill a three-year return of service (ROS) within those communities.
As a pilot program, PRA-BC assessed 25 family physicians in 2015. These family physicians are now fulfilling their three-year ROS in underserved rural communities throughout BC.
The PRA-BC program 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’s Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development, BC health authorities and Health Match BC.