Fall 2018 intake
PRA-BC will continue to evaluate candidates through a two-step evaluation process consisting of a Centralized Assessment and a 12-week Clinical Field Assessment (CFA).
The Centralized Assessment is designed to assess a candidate's overall clinical knowledge and is composed of two examinations:
An objective structured clinical (OSCE) examination
The Medical Council of Canada Therapeutics Decision Making (TDM) examination
PRA-BC, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine's Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD), delivers a comprehensive orientation and exam preparation program for PRA-BC candidates. Click here for details.
Only those candidates who successfully complete the Centralized Assessment will be eligible to move forward to the second evaluation component, a 12-week CFA.
Spring 2019 and all future intakes
PRA-BC will eliminate the Centralized Assessment.
To be eligible to attend a 12-week CFA for the Spring 2019 intake and beyond, candidates must:
Meet PRA-BC and CPSBC pre-screening eligibility requirements
Be selected by a participating BC health authority as a sponsored candidate
Achieve a pass standing on the MCC TDM examination
How do I register for the MCC TDM?
Applicants who have undergone PRA-BC's internal review and hold a positive ruling of eligibility for registration from the CPSBC may be invited to sit a MCC TDM exam administration in Vancouver.
Current MCC TDM exam administration dates in Vancouver are:
October 15, 2018
January 17, 2019
June 25, 2019
Applicants will be charged an MCC TDM examination fee.
You will be required to pay this fee to PRA-BC prior to sitting the MCC TDM.
If an applicant is selected by a BC health authority as a sponsored candidate and completes a 12-week CFA, PRA-BC will reimburse the candidate the full examination fee.
Applicants who have been selected by a health authority and have been confirmed as a sponsored candidate for a PRA-BC intake will be required to attend a Centralized Orientation, held in Vancouver. The Centralized Orientation is designed to prepare candidates for their 12-week CFA and will be scheduled immediately prior to their scheduled CFA.
Clinical Field Assessment (CFA)
The Clinical Field Assessment (CFA) is designed to evaluate a candidate's readiness for independent medical practice as a most responsible physician and subsequent career as a family physician in British Columbia. Candidates will spend 12 weeks in a specified community, under the direct supervision of trained physician assessors, where their clinical skills will be observed and assessed.
Note: Candidates will undergo their CFA in a community that differs from the community where they will fulfill their three-year return of service (ROS).
Spring 2019 intakes and beyond
A pass standing on the MCC TDM examination is required for a PRA-BC candidate to be eligible to first attend a Centralized Orientation and subsequently proceed to a 12-week CFA.