Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP)

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CAPP CPSNS Program

The College has discontinued the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP) and has cancelled the examinations scheduled for June 8th and 9th, 2015. 

There will be no further reviews of credentials related to CAPP. 

This decision will not affect those CAPP physicians in practice under supervision or who have completed the period of supervision (Part B and Part C of the program). The College will continue to offer support, coordinate assessments and supervision of these physicians in practice. Physicians who have paid fees for the upcoming exam (Part A of the program) will be refunded.

Launched in 2005, CAPP was designed to select and support International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are practice-ready, without any additional formal residency training in Canada. It created a pathway for IMGs to receive provisional licensure to practise with supervision in underserviced communities, while working towards full medical licensure.    

CAPP is a complex, high stakes assessment. As part of its quality assurance, each year the College reviews CAPP. In recent years, we have made considerable and costly changes in an attempt to keep our assessments at high quality and in pace with the new standard. This year, the program review determined that a great deal more change was required. Rather than invest a significant amount of time and resources in what had become an outdated process, the College will now work with partners to build a new process that meets a new national standard. 

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC), with substantial input from the College, have defined new pan‐Canadian standards for practice‐ready assessment (the National Assessment Collaboration ‐Practice Ready Assessment or NAC‐PRA), involving multiple modes of candidate assessment. It is anticipated NAC-PRA will soon fill the role of identifying IMGs ready for supervised practice. 

CAPP has been a great success story. It has delivered approximately 100 physicians to underserviced areas, provided supervision and enabled 99% of those physicians to attain the national standards for licensure.