Specialist Assessment

The Practice Ready Assessment (PRA)-Specialty Practice Program

(formerly The Non-Registered Specialist Assessment Program (NRSAP))

What is a PRA-Specialty Practice?

  • A practice-ready assessment program for internationally trained medical specialists, who can practice independently and do not need further residency training
  • PRA-Specialty Practice candidates are expected to demonstrate skills acceptable to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) and in line with standards for Canadian trained specialists
  • Candidates must be eligible for conditional registration with the CPSM before proceeding to the screening steps of the PRA-Specialty Practice.  Please refer to the Application Guide for International Medical Graduates Specialty Practice on the CPSM website
  • Enrollment in the program requires an approved sponsor and a job offer in a specialty deemed to be high need in the province of Manitoba
  • Successful candidates are required to fulfill a return-of-service with the sponsoring Regional Health Authority (RHA)/employer

How does sponsorship work?

The Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network is responsible for posting of vacancies on http://www.healthcareersmanitoba.ca/.  RHAs post all specialist vacancies on this website.  Other employers who wish to post specialist vacancies can only do so with the consent of appropriate RHA to ensure that the posting meets overall regional workforce needs.

How do I apply?

  1. Register with the Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network at (http://www.healthcareersmanitoba.ca/) and satisfy the mandatory requirements (see below)
  2. Review the postings on the Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network website (http://www.healthcareersmanitoba.ca/) and follow the instructions for applying for the position

What are the eligibility criteria?

Provide proof of meeting the following mandatory requirements to Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network:

  1. Electronic copy of CV 
  2. English exam (results will be considered valid for 2 years from date taken)                                                                                                                                                    (a)  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - an overall score of 96 with at least 24 in all components                             or                                                                                                                                                           (b)  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - an overall band score of 7 on the IELTS (Academic Module) with a minimum score of 7 in each component.
  3. Passing mark on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE)
  4. Canadian Residency/Immigration status (preference will be given to Manitoba Residents and those who have Canadian Permanent Resident status)

How are candidates selected?

The Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network reviews eligible candidate files on a frequent basis using the following screening criteria:

  1. Mandatory requirements (see eligibility criteria above)
  2. Specialist vacancy and potential sponsor identified 

The Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network provides a list of potential candidates who applied to a posted position and that have met the screening criteria to the Screening Panel.  The Screening Panel's membership will be comprised of representatives from the University of Manitoba (IMG Program), Specialty Department of Assessment, sponsoring RHA, Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network and when applicable representative from the Manitoba Privileges Advisory Committee "MPAC".

Once a suitable candidate is identified, the University of Manitoba IMG Program office arranges the PRA-Specialty Practice assessment.

How does the assessment work?

The assessment is coordinated by the University of Manitoba IMG Program and is conducted in the specialty department at the University of Manitoba's affiliated hospitals.  The assessing Department arranges a screening evaluation (typically an interview, OSCE or written examination) prior to agreeing to undertake an assessment.

The duration of the assessment varies by specialty, with a minimum duration of 3 months and usually not exceeding 6 months.

Interim and final reports are completed by supervisors, colleagues, nurses and allied health professionals and are submitted to the Head of the Department or designate.  The Head of the Department will then submit a final report to the IMG Program, indicating whether the candidate has the clinical skills and knowledge to practice independently and safely, equivalent to the level of a final year resident in the specialty.  The final recommendation is forwarded to the CPSM from the IMG Program.

What happens after the assessment?

Following successful completion of the assessment, the PRA-Specialty Practice candidate will be expected to fulfill their return-of-service obligations per sponsorship agreement.

The candidates are required to complete a one year mandatory Mentorship Program through the IMG Program (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/education/imgp/8678.html)

The licensing requirements are coordinated by the CPSM. Refer to the Application Guide for International Medical Graduates Specialty Practice


Last updated July 12, 2017