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.
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.
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.