The Practice Ready Assessment - Family Practice (PRA-FP)
(formerly The International Medical Graduate Assessment for Conditional Licensure (IMGACL))
What is the PRA-FP?
It is an assessment program for family physicians. IMG physicians are expected to have the skills on par with rural family physicians in Manitoba. IMGs in the PRA-FP will work as family physicians in rural underserviced areas of Manitoba for return of service.
How am I assessed in the PRA-FP?
- Assessment is three months
- Conducted in rural and/or city locations, often multiple locations
- May have multiple preceptors
- The 3 components are:
- Clinic 1 (four weeks)
- Clinic 2 (four weeks)
- Acute care in ER setting (four weeks)
- The 3 components are often distinct four week periods, but not necessarily
- IMG physicians are evaluated after each rotation
- Poor evaluation in any of the three components will result in immediate release from the program
If I apply, will I be admitted to the PRA-FP?
- Your application does not guarantee admission
- PRA-FP is a competitive program
- See Program history and statistics for acceptance rate
How do I apply to the PRA-FP?
- Check to see if you meet the requirements of the program (see Eligibility)
- Downloadable application package for PRA-FP are available.
- The application and selection process is the same for all applicants—there are no exceptions
- Candidates must meet the requirements for conditional registration with CPSM (Shortlisted applicants only will be asked to submit an application to the CPSM for Conditional Registration)
- The application process involves 3 main steps:
- Application – review of Applicant credentials and experience
- Therapeutic Decision Making (TDM) Examination
- Top ranked candidates at each step go to the next step in a reverse pyramid manner
- Proceeding to one step does not guarantee movement to the next step
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all documents are submitted/verified
- The program is not responsible for missing documents or incomplete packages
Details of each step of the application process
- Fill in the PRA-FP application (Application packages)
- Have all the exams and tests that you have completed included with the application or sent separately, ensuring that they will arrive on time:
- English proficiency exam
- MCCEE and MCCQE1 (both are required)
- NAC OSCE or MCCQE2 (only one is required)
- Immigration status
- Reference letters
- Applicant requirements are outlined (Eligibility)
- Applications are reviewed and ranked
- Applicants must meet the requirements for conditional registration (Shortlisted applicants only will be asked to submit an application to the CPSM for Conditional Registration - see conditional registration below)
- Highest ranked applicants are invited for an interview
- Personal interview
- Lasts 30 minutes
- Not a knowledge based interview
- Two or more interviewers independently rate candidates’ answers
- Structured questions are the same for all applicants
- Applicants are responsible for their transportation to the interviews
- Conditional Registration
- Granted from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM)
- Candidates must meet the requirements for conditional registration
- Only shortlisted applicants for the PRA-FP will be asked to submit an application for conditional registration to the CPSM
- Must be approved by CPSM prior to CAPE step in process
- It is candidate’s responsibility to ensure deadlines are met
- Therapeutic Decision Making (TDM) Examination
- This examination will be scheduled to follow the candidate interviews
- The examination is 3 hours long and tests the application of knowledge in the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of medical problems at the level required of a family physician practicing independently in Canada.
- Each test form is comprised of 40 cases or patient-based scenarios. There are approximately 100 questions for each test form. The cases represent common or important presentations from across four dimensions of care: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention, Acute Illness and Safety and Adverse Effects. The questions are designed to assess critical thinking and decision-making. Cases and questions also assess awareness and understanding of alternative therapies, respect for negotiating a therapeutic contract and recognition of drug misuse and abuse.
- Highest ranking applicants will be invited for a sponsorship interview with representatives of Manitoba Healthcare Providers network and Regional Health Authorities (RHAs).
- Successful candidates will be required to complete a return of service in Manitoba (current duration 4 years).
- Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept sponsorship by a RHA will be accepted in the PRA-FP Program.
Getting ready for the PRA-FP
- You will be interacting with multiple departments and agencies (Important organizations)
- You have conditional registration with CPSM
- Obtain written offer of employment from a Regional Health Authority (RHA) that will include:
- Funding for the assessment (16 weeks) and orientation (4 weeks) by RHA/employer
- Return of service agreement
- 3 months in duration
- Assessment sites cannot be verified in advance and may be in multiple locations
- It is the responsibility of the candidate to arrange for and cover the cost of their accommodations during the assessment
- The IMG Program will arrange for the assessment and inform candidates of the location.
- 4-week structured orientation for all IMG’s (Orientation)
- Conducted in Winnipeg
- Prepares candidates for the Canadian Health Care System
- Stipend during this period is provided by the Sponsoring RHA and is based on attendance
Successful candidates will:
- Obtain conditional licensure
- Work for their sponsoring RHA employer for return of service
- Mentorship - International Medical Graduate Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement (IMGMCE)
- Physicians are assigned a mentor for a 1 year term
- Must complete reports
- Assigned a practice supervisor for the duration of their conditional licensure
- Mandatory audits
- Have 5 years to obtain Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)http://www.mcc.ca/
- Have 7 years to obtain Certificate of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) http://www.cfpc.ca/FMExam/
Last Updated July 27, 2017