Prospective applicants need to apply directly to their preferred provincial PRA program.
The selection process for PRA programs is competitive. Each program uses a common screening process to evaluate the credentials, experience, and assessments of applicants to ensure they meet minimum eligibility and sponsorship requirements for the practice-ready route. Programs then select candidates through a regional ranking process that takes into consideration national standards.
Eligibility requirements are informed by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)’s Model Standards for Medical Registration in Canada.
Although some PRA programs use additional selection or ranking tools to select candidates into their programs, to be eligible for any PRA program, a candidate must confirm:
Some provincial PRA programs use the Therapeutics Decision-Making (TDM) Examination as a screening requirement for their programs.
The TDM Examination aims to assess the competence of candidates at the level required of a family physician practising independently and safely in Canada. It consists of patient-based scenarios representing common or important clinical presentations and problems that family physicians practising in Canada should be able to competently manage in the following dimensions of medical care: health promotion and illness prevention, acute illness, chronic illness, and safety and adverse effects.
Some provincial PRA programs use the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination as a screening requirement for their programs.
The NAC Examination aims to assess an international medical graduate’s readiness to enter a Canadian residency program. It is a half-day exam in which candidates rotate through a series of stations where they are presented with typical clinical scenarios.