Additional route to get IMGs into their Alberta communities faster
On Jan. 16, 2023, CPSA launched a 5-year pilot project to condense the Practice Readiness Assessment process for international medical graduates (IMGs) with training comparable to that obtained in Canadian universities, as identified by experts in postgraduate medical training. The goal of the pilot is to evaluate whether certain IMGs may begin independently practising in their identified communities faster, while still ensuring patient safety is the top priority.
Accelerated registration for eligible IMGs
CPSA’s Practice Readiness Assessment (PRA) is the final step to independent practice in Alberta for those who do not have complete Canadian credentials. Once an IMG has met eligibility criteria and secured a sponsorship through Alberta Health Services, they can move on to the PRA.
The traditional PRA process consists of 2 parts: the 3-month Preliminary Clinical Assessment where the candidate works under direct observation in the medical practice of a CPSA-approved assessor, and the 3-month Supervised Practice Assessment (SPA) where the candidate practises independently in their identified community, providing medical services to Albertans.
The 5-year pilot project waives the first 3-month requirement for IMGs that have comparable training to that obtained in Canadian universities. These IMGs will now go directly to their identified communities and begin practising independently while completing their Supervised Practice Assessment.
Other requirements, such as clinical review exams, will also be waived for eligible IMGs.
Route to registration for eligible IMGs
If you are eligible for this accelerated route to registration, you will need to participate in a competency assessment after you have successfully completed your SPA to ensure patients are receiving safe, high-quality care.
After you successfully complete the competency assessment, you will remain on the provisional register for a total of 3 years before being considered for the general register. If you are unsuccessful in the competency assessment, a summative assessment may be required.
If you apply for independent practice in Alberta on or after Jan. 16, 2023, you may be eligible for this additional route to registration, depending on where you received your medical training. CPSA’s registration team will review your application and let you know if you are eligible.
New (Nov, 2023): Approved jurisdictions expanded to include eligible specialties from the American Board of Medical Specialties
How to apply
Physicians do not apply directly for this route to registration. If you are an IMG interested in practising in Alberta, your first step is to apply for Independent Practice. Our registration team will then review your application and let you know which route to registration you qualify for.
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CPSA’s registration policies provide more details about this additional route to registration.
Am I eligible for the accelerated route to registration for IMGs?
IMGs from approved jurisdictions who meet CPSA’s other registration requirements may be eligible for the accelerated route to registration. CPSA’s registration team reviews physician applications to determine their eligibility.
How can I apply for the accelerated route to registration for IMGs?
Physicians don’t apply directly for this route to registration. Your first step is to apply for independent practice. Our registration team will then review your application and let you know which route to registration you qualify for.
Why is a competency assessment part of the accelerated route to registration for IMGs?
If you are eligible for the accelerated route to registration for IMGs, you will need to participate in a competency assessment after you have successfully completed your supervised practice assessment. This is one of the ways CPSA ensures patients are receiving safe, high-quality care.
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