Practice Readiness Assessment for Internationally Trained Physicians

The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) is a group of provincial and national organizations which came together to develop a pan-Canadian assessment standard for international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking a licence to practise medicine in Canada. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia participated in this collaboration.

The NAC Practice Ready Assessment (NAC-PRA) model includes a set of common standards, tools, and materials for practice ready assessment. The NAC-PRA aims to ensure internationally-trained physicians meet the same standards for practice readiness regardless of where they enter medical practice in Canada. This pan-Canadian standard will also result in improving the mobility of physicians between provinces.

The Medical Council of Canada will maintain the standard through ongoing resource development, tracking and sharing PRA outcomes and facilitating this ongoing initiative between provinces. To support the ongoing practice-ready assessment program work, the NAC will begin charging a candidate fee of $1,750 as of January 1, 2018. The fee will be incurred whenever a candidate enters the PRA clinical over-time assessment period.

The NAC will not charge the fee if:

  • Candidates fail the initial screening or selection assessments
  • Limited capacity prevents the candidate from being allotted a “spot” in the clinical over-time assessment

In Nova Scotia a practice ready assessment program for internationally trained physicians is not yet available. The College looks forward to participating in a collaborative effort with stakeholders to implement NAC-PRA here in Nova Scotia.