Centralized Assessment

PRA-BC evaluates candidates through a two-step evaluation process consisting of a Centralized Assessment and a 12-week Clinical Field Assessment (CFA).

The Centralized Assessment is PRA-BC's first evaluation component. It is designed to assess a candidate's overall clinical knowledge and is composed of two examinations:

1.       An objective structured clinical (OSCE) examination **

2.       The Medical Council of Canada Therapeutics Decision Making (TDM) examination

**April 2019: The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE will replace the PRA-BC administered OSCE as a mandatory Centralized Assessment examination.  Changes will be implemented as follows:

For intakes up to and including Fall 2018: 

No changes: the Centralized Assessment will be administered in Vancouver and will consist of:

  • An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • The Medical Council of Canada Therapeutics Decision Making (MCC TDM) examination

Spring 2019: Transitional Intake

  • PRA-BC will administer the MCC TDM examination in Vancouver
  • The NAC OSCE or Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 2 (MCCQE Part 2) will be treated as a Centralized Assessment examination

All physicians applying to the Spring 2019 intake must complete either the NAC OSCE or the MCCQE Part 2 and provide the results to PRA-BC by October 31, 2018.

Register for the NAC-OSCE

Fall 2019 Intake and Beyond:

  • The Centralized Assessment will consist of the MCC TDM only and will be administered in Vancouver
  • The NAC OSCE or MCCQE Part 2 will become a mandatory pre-screening requirement

Please note: only those candidates who successfully complete the Centralized Assessment will be eligible to move forward to the second evaluation component, a 12-week CFA.

Clinical Field Assessment (CFA)

The Clinical Field Assessment (CFA) is PRA-BC's second evaluation component. It is designed to evaluate a candidate's readiness for independent practice and subsequent career as a family physician in British Columbia. Candidates will spend 12 weeks in a specified community, under the direct supervision of a trained physician assessor, 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.

Only those candidates who successfully complete the Centralized Assessment will be eligible to move forward to a 12-week CFA.

Exam Preparation

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.

 

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