April 02, 2020   | Posted in: Announcements

Associate physician—a new class of registration

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC drafted new Bylaws in 2019 to allow practitioners with some medical training to work under supervision in acute care settings to increase capacity and service delivery. The proposed new class of registration—“associate physician”—is similar to other classes of registration currently in place in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

The minister of health asked the College to proceed with posting the proposed Bylaws on March 31, 2020 and agreed to a shortened time frame for consultation. The consultation will close on April 15, 2020.

Note: Only some practitioners will qualify for the restricted “associate physician” class of registration. In order to qualify, they must have:

  • a medical degree
  • at least two years of postgraduate training in a medical or surgical specialty
  • part 1 of the LMCC qualifying exams

Their application for registration must be preceded by a detailed written request from one of the regional health authorities. 

Associate physicians:

  • will be employed by a regional health authority
  • are not licensed for independent practice
  • must work under direct supervision of an attending physician
  • can only work in teams (e.g. as a surgical assistant in the OR)

Eligible practitioners can find information on how to apply on the registration and licensing section of the website once the bylaws have been approved.

Note to eligible applicants: Please do not submit a written application or send a letter to the College or a health authority expressing your interest until the process for applying has been published on the College website.