Notification of Bylaw Amendments: Registration Sections 1 and 2

On July 7, 2023, the College posted the proposed amended bylaws on its website giving registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment. The feedback received during the consultation period was constructive, leading to further changes and clarification, summarized below.

1. Distinguishing the types of assessments 

The proposed amendments distinguish the two different types of assessments: registration summative assessment and practice ready assessment. 

The registration summative assessment will offer registrants currently in the provisional class (specifically, international medical graduates who completed their postgraduate training outside of Canada) the option to undergo an assessment of competency as an alternative route to registration in the full class. The College is following in the steps of other jurisdictions who have established summative assessments as a route to full registration. 

The practice ready assessment is offered to those applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of two years of postgraduate training in a foreign jurisdiction and are eligible and chosen to partake in a practice ready assessment program (such as that offered by the Practice Ready Assessment – BC program), to be considered for eligibility for registration in the provisional class. 

2. Distinguishing the requirements for Canadian medical graduates and international medical graduates

The proposed amendments clarify that Canadian medical graduates will not be permitted to undergo a registration summative assessment as an alternative route to registration in the full class and that they will be required to obtain certification with either the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The proposed amendments clarify that only international medical graduates who completed their postgraduate training outside of Canada in the provisional class will be permitted to undergo a registration summative assessment as an alternative route to registration in the full class. The rationale is that internationally trained physicians have achieved certification in their country of training and are eligible for independent practice in that country.

Canadian medical graduates are required to obtain certification with either the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

3. Entitlement to vote 

The proposed amendment will enable the new restricted class and the USA certified class (a housekeeping amendment) entitlement to vote.

4. Schedule A

The proposed amendment will include the applicable fees for new restricted class.

The bylaw amendments have been posted for a 30-day notification period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

For more information, please see the bylaw amendments page.