WHY BE AN ASSESSOR?
Many assessors view PRA-BC as a unique recruitment tool to attract physicians who are committed to practicing in rural communities with acute physician shortages. By increasing the number of physicians, they in turn lighten their own workload and better serve their communities. Others see the role as a chance to give back to their profession by participating in a program which will provide additional medical care to underserved areas. Finally, many see this as a unique mentoring position and an opportunity to gain valuable skills that they can apply to other teaching roles. Attendance at assessor workshops is required and carries professional continuing learning credits.
HOW DO CLINICAL FIELD ASSESSMENTS WORK?
The clinical field assessment provides PRA-BC with a comprehensive review of the candidate's clinical performance and also their professional and ethical practice. Assessors will assure that candidates are given the opportunity to see patients in every aspect of family practice and in all settings which will include the office, hospital, emergency departments, nursing homes, and the patient's home. Candidates will also be required to take their turn on call.
Although the assessors are primarily in an evaluating role, it is recognized that mentoring and teaching are inevitable aspects of their relationship with the candidate. Assessors are responsible for ensuring that evaluation forms are completed in a timely manner and forwarded to the PRA-BC central office. The forms are analyzed and a pass/fail decision is delivered to the candidates by PRA-BC at the end of the 12-week clinical field assessment.
WHO CAN BE AN ASSESSOR?
Ideally, assessing practices should be comprised of three or more physicians, but a minimum of two physicians willing to act as assessors. Where it is necessary, separate practices may share this responsibility.
Each site must identify:
Primary Assessor: this physician must have a full license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (the College) and have been engaged in active clinical practice for at least three years, of which one year must have been in British Columbia.
Secondary Assessor(s): this physician must, at a minimum, have a provisional license from the College and have been engaged in active clinical practice for at least three years, of which one year must have been in British Columbia.
Physicians are required to attend a PRA-BC Assessor Training Workshop conducted by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine's Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD).
When Will I assess?
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