Pre-Screening for eligibility

Health Match BC assists PRA-BC in the initial pre-screening of all applications to PRA-BC.

Pre-screening criteria are based on eligibility requirements as set out by PRA-BC and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC).

Applications for the Fall 2018 intake have ended. PRA-BC is now accepting applications for the Spring 2019 intake and beyond. 

A] Pre-screening criteria

1.       Minimal requirements 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 in discipline-specific independent practice as a general or family practitioner in that or another international jurisdiction.

e.      Academic credentials verification of medical degree, passport, medical licensure/registration, 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 1 month fully explained.

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

i.    A pass score on the MCCQE Part 1. 

k.   A National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE) minimum score of 75 OR a pass score on the MCCQE Part 2. 

*The last session of the MCCEE will be held in November 2018.  Starting in 2019, the MCCQE Part 1 will be offered in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries up to 5 times per year.  All applicants to PRA-BC will be required to obtain a pass score on the MCCQE Part 1.

Register for the NAC OSCE

Register for the MCCQE Part 2

Click here for a PDF of 2019 pre-screening requirements

B]  PRA-BC internal review and CPSBC ruling of eligibility for registration/licensure

Applicants who meet all of the pre-screening criteria undergo a second review by PRA-BC. This review determines which applicants will be forwarded to the CPSBC to determine their eligibility for registration and licensure.

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

Once an applicant has received a favorable CPSBC ruling of eligibility, applicants may then be referred to health authorities for potential interview, selection, and admission to PRA-BC.

Applicants who have undergone a second PRA-BC 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.  A pass standing on the MCC TDM is required to participate in a PRA-BC intake.

Click here for more information about PRA-BC's  assessment process and TDM requirements.

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