Clinician Assessment Programs
Our top-quality assessment and education programs are designed to help practicing health professionals maintain and enhance competence and keep up-to-date in the latest developments in their scope of practice.
What we offer
The following exams are currently offered or administered:
Clinician Assessment and Practice Enhancement
Clinician Assessment and Professional Enhancement (CAPE) is used to identify knowledge and practice gaps for Manitoba's health care providers. CAPE can be used for remediation or re-entry purposes and to develop personalized learning plans and programs.
About the assessment
Assessments are scheduled on the basis of need, but typically occur twice per year.
The assessment is offered over three consecutive days and generally consists of:
- A multiple choice medical knowledge examination
- A short answer written examination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutics
- A case-based, structured oral interview
- An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)
This assessment is appropriate for:
- physicians planning to re-enter active practice after a gap of three or more years
- physicians changing from a specialty to family practice
- physicians who want to assess their own strengths and gaps as preparation for further work developing competencies
- physicians who may have knowledge gaps or other concerns who need to have their competencies assessed
- Nurse Practitioners (OSCE only) referred by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
Candidates are generally referred by a regulatory body, but can also self-refer.
The assessment is offered over three consecutive days. Assessments are scheduled on the basis of need, but typically occur twice per year.
Fees are currently $5,000 per candidate.
The final report details the results of all components of the assessment. It takes approximately eight weeks before the final report is ready. It will be shared with the participant and the provincial medical licensing authority and will be kept in your CAPE file for a period of five years.
Please note that assessments such as the CAPE assessment are viewed to be valid for three years after completion. Licensing and regulatory authorities generally require a reassessment after a three year period has elapsed if a physician is not in practice.
Nurse practitioners should contact Karen Appel for an application.
Clinical Assistant Assessment
Clinical Assistant Assessment (CAA) is one of the assessments that fulfils the requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) in regards to entry to practice for clinical assistants. It is designed to determine competency in the basic knowledge, skills and attributes required for practice as a clinical assistant in Manitoba.
CAA is offered to candidates referred by the CPSM.
Minimum requirements for eligibility include:
- a degree in medicine from a faculty of medicine acceptable to CPSM, or
- be a licensed or registered health care profession under an Act of the Manitoba Legislature, or
- be certified as an Emergency Medical Attendant, Level III, or
- be a graduate of an accredited physician assistant or clinical assistant training program acceptable to CPSM
How to apply
To register for the CAA, applicants must complete the required CPSM documentation and submit it to CPSM, who will then forward the application to our unit once eligibility is determined.
The CAA will tentatively be scheduled twice per calendar year; however, sittings of the assessment are dependent on receiving sufficient paid registrations.
Manitoba Practice Assessment Program
The Manitoba Practice Assessment Program (MPAP) provides an assessment of physicians in their individual practices to assist with clarification of licensure status.
About the assessment
Within Manitoba, physicians commonly enter practice on a provisional license. A provisional license allows physicians who have completed post-graduate training, but have not yet achieved their Canadian certification through The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), to enter supervised practice.
These physicians are expected to complete the appropriate certification examination within a defined time frame.
There are a significant number of physicians who are in established practices and have not yet achieved final certification for a variety of reasons. This assessment evaluates such physicians in their practice settings to enable the CPSM to make a decision about granting full registration.
The MPAP assessment process involves four main components:
- On-site visit
All physician candidates must be referred to the program via the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM), applicants cannot self-refer.
You are eligible if you:
- have attempted either Part 1 and/or Part 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) examination; and/or
- have attempted to become certified by the CFPC or the RCPSC; and
- are currently practicing in Manitoba on the Provisional Register, and
- have been in active practice in Manitoba for a period of two years
The time to complete the assessment will vary and depend upon how quickly you, your colleagues, and your patients complete all of the required documentation. The matching and scheduling of assessors are other intervening factors as well as the extent of the onsite assessment itself. The majority of physician candidates should be able to finish the assessment within 8-10 months of our unit receiving the referral from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
The assessment program operates on a cost recovery basis.
Fees are comprised of two components, including an administrative fee and an assessment fee. The administrative fee is fixed at $2,500, and the assessment fee will vary depending on scope of assessment required. For example, the minimum assessment fee for a family physician is $15,000 and for a specialist is $25,000.
After the onsite assessment is completed a final report will be compiled and sent to you and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
Health professional remediation services
Our services are primarily directed for health professionals currently or previously practicing in Manitoba. We are unable to take referrals for entry to practice for International Medical Graduates (IMG).
IMG program inquiries
We offer development of remediation programs for health professionals of the constituent colleges of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. With consultation, services can be provided to other professional groups (lawyers, engineers, chiropractors) in certain circumstances.
Winnipeg Exam Centre
Our unit also oversees the administration of the following examinations: