Pre-Screening for eligibility

PRA-BC has requested the assistance of Health Match BC in the initial pre-screening of all PRA-BC applications.

Initial screening criteria of applications is based on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (the College) requirements for the assessment class of registration.

A] Pre-screening criteria

1.       Minimal* requirements will include:

a.      Successful completion of a medical degree issued by a school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS)

b.      2 years of postgraduate training in an international jurisdiction leading to registration or recognition as a general/family physician in that jurisdiction.

c.       Demonstration of completion of 7 core rotations:

 i.      A minimum of 4 weeks of postgraduate training in each of internal/general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and emergency medicine.

 ii.      A minimum of 8 weeks of postgraduate training in family practice.

d.      Evidence of having completed a minimum of 2 years of discipline-specific time in independent practice as a general or family practitioner in that or another jurisdiction.

e.      Academic credentials verification of medical degree, passport and postgraduate training letters that confirm completion of the 7 core rotations through

f.        Currency in practice – section 2-8 of CPSBC bylaws – must show evidence of minimum of 24 weeks (960 hours) of clinical practice as a General/Family Practitioner in the immediately preceding 3 years.

g.       CV with all gaps greater than 3 months fully explained.

h.      English language proficiency, as required by the College.

i.         MCCEE score (*MCCQE part 1 optional at present).

j.    NAC OSCE or the MCCQE Part 2**

**Effective Fall 2019 the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) OSCE or the MCCQE Part 2 will become mandatory pre-screening requirements. Implementation of the change is as follows:

For intakes up to and including Fall 2018:

  • Pre-screening requirements are as currently described

Spring 2019 intake (transitional)

  • NAC OSCE or the MCCQE Part 2 will be viewed as a Centralized Assessment examination.  All applicants must provide their examination results by October 31, 2018.

Fall 2019 intakes and beyond:

NAC OSCE or the MCCQE Part 2 will become a mandatory pre-screening requirement

2.       Consideration of exceptional applicants who lack some of the initial screening requirements but who have been forwarded to the College and received a ruling of eligibility for the assessment class of registration by the College based on extenuating or exceptional circumstances considered and approved by the College.  

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B]  Pre-screening assessment by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

All applicants who satisfy the initial screening requirements undergo a second review by PRA-BC.  This review determines which applicants will be forwarded to the College for an initial preliminary assessment, followed by its subsequent determination of eligibility for an assessment class of registration.  This licence is required by PRA-BC candidates in order to participate in the Clinical Field Assessment component of the program.

This is a highly competitive process.  PRA-BC receives and reviews a large number of applications.  As well, the College limits the number of PRA-BC applicants that may be reviewed per intake.

Once an applicant has received a favorable preliminary assessment from the College, they then enter the pool of applicants to be referred to health authorities for potential interview, selection and admission to a PRA-BC intake.


 Please note:  Eligibility criteria can change at any time without notice. 

Click here to learn about the process of being referred to the different health authorities