Specialist Assessment

The Practice Ready Assessment Manitoba - Specialty Practice Program (PRA MB-SP)

(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 meet requirements for registration as a provisional (specialty practice-limited) member with the CPSM before proceeding to the screening steps of the PRA-Specialty Practice.  Please refer to the CPSM website for details.
  • 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.

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How do I apply?

  1. Apply to the CPSM for registration as a provisional (specialty practice-limited) member and satisfy mandatory requirements (https://cpsm.mb.ca/registration/registration-requirements/provisional-registration-specialty-practice-limited):
    • Unexpired pass standing on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) or Part I or Part II or both;
    • English language proficiency: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic version within the last 24 months at the time of application, a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components in the same sitting (English language fluency criteria). 
  2. Register with the Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network at (http://www.healthcareersmanitoba.ca/) and provide:
    • Electronic copy of CV;
    • Canadian Residency/Immigration status (preference will be given to Manitoba Residents and those who have Canadian Permanent Resident status)
  3. Review the postings on the Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network website. (http://www.healthcareersmanitoba.ca/) and follow the instructions for applying for the position.

How does sponsorship work?

The Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network is responsible for the 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 the appropriate RHA to ensure that the posting meets overall regional workforce needs.

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 (https://cpsm.mb.ca/).

Last updated February 19, 2020