Family Physician Assessment
The Practice Ready Assessment - Family Practice (PRA MB-FP)

What is the PRA MB-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 MB-FP will work as family physicians in rural underserviced areas of Manitoba for return of service.

How am I assessed in the PRA MB-FP?

  • Assessment is three months in duration 
  • 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 MB-FP?

  • Your application does not guarantee admission
  • PRA MB-FP is a competitive program
  • See Program history and statistics for acceptance rate

How do I apply to the PRA MB-FP?

  • Check to see if you meet the requirements of the program (see Eligibility)
  • Downloadable application package for PRA MB-FP are available.
  • The application and selection process is the same for all applicants—there are no exceptions
  • Candidates must apply for registration as Regulated Associate Members, assessment candidate (family practice) to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.  The application is available on the CPSM website. 
  • The application process involves 4 main steps:
    • Application to the IMG Program, U of M - review of Applicant credentials and experience
    • Application to the CPSM - at the same of application to the U of M
    • Interview
    • 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

  • Application to the IMG Program 
    • Fill in the PRA MB-FP application (Application packages)
    • Applicant requirements are outlined (Eligibility)
    • Applications are reviewed and ranked
    • Highest ranked applicants are invited for an interview
  • Application for Registration
    • Granted from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM)
    • Candidates must meet the requirements for Regulated Associate Members, assessment candidate (family practice)
    • Must be approved by the CPSM prior to TDM Examination
  • 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 
  • 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. 
  • Sponsorship
    • Highest ranking applicants will be invited for a sponsorship interview with representatives of the 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 MB-FP Program. 

Last Updated:  March 2019