Bylaw Amendments

According to the Health Professions Act, section 19(6.2):

(6.2) A bylaw under subsection (1), other than a bylaw under subsection (1) (b), (c), (d), (f), (g), (k), (l), (l.6), (l.9), (l.92), (p), (q), (u.1), (v.1), (w.1) or (z), may not be made, amended or repealed unless

(a) notice of the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is given by the board to the minister and the college of each health profession prescribed by the minister for the purposes of this subsection

(i) at least 3 months before the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is filed with the minister, or
(ii) within a shorter period the minister specifies as appropriate in the circumstances, and

(b) the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is, for the period referred to in paragraph (a),

(i) made available by the board for inspection by any person, free of charge, at the office of the college at all reasonable times during regular business hours, and
(ii) posted by the board on the college website.

The following are proposed amendment(s) to the Bylaws:

Section 2-26

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has posted a proposed temporary amendment to the educational – postgraduate (resident) class in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the delays in the administration of the qualifying examinations offered by the Medical Council of Canada.

The current Bylaws provide that a registrant in the educational – postgraduate (resident) class may use the title “resident – clinical associate” to provide services in a clinical academic centre that is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, UBC, provided that the registrant meets certain requirements including obtaining the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Given the current circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic and the delays in the administration of Part II of the Qualifying Examinations of the Medical Council of Canada (MCCQE), and to assist with the current staffing shortages in hospitals across the province, the College is proposing an amendment to section 2-26 of the Bylaws. 

As it is currently unknown whether the pandemic might impact a registrant’s ability to access Part II of the MCCQE beyond 2020, the proposed amendment will grant discretion to the registrar to defer the requirement for a resident – clinical associate to obtain the LMCC in exceptional circumstances, until such time as deemed appropriate. 

The bylaw amendments have been posted for a 60-day notification period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

Comments can be submitted to the following by December 21, 2020

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Registrar and CEO
bylaw4@cpsbc.ca

Ministry of Health
Director, Regulatory Initiatives
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
proregadmin@gov.bc.ca