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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia Licensing Procedure in Light of COVID-19

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (the College) is aware that Canadian licensing and certification examinations have been postponed and that this impacts the licensing options available to graduating residents in Canada.

What follows is the College’s current plan to ensure the registration and licensure of qualifying graduating residents in the provisional class by July 1, 2020. Please note if a graduating resident is expected to be working in a hospital setting, their anticipated start date is July 6, 2020 as the College will need to send a Certificate of Professional Conduct (CPC) to the appropriate Health Authority. Of note, residents must meet all requirements of registration and licensure including the general requirements such as good professional conduct and character to qualify.

  • Residents need to apply after April 1, 2020, but no later than May 6, 2020 through the Application of Medical Registration in Canada https://physiciansapply.ca/. UBC has already sent the College a list of all graduating residents who are anticipated to complete by June 30, 2020.
  • The College will contact each resident on the list via email and determine which Health Authority they will be working for.
  • The College will add graduating residents from out of province to the list as these applications for registration and licensure are received.
  • The College will then send each Health Authority their list of residents.
    • Each Health Authority will add the name of a proposed supervisor, anticipated location of practice, and sponsor dates (usually permanent) next to the resident (no formal sponsor letter required).
  • Graduating resident applications for eligibility for registration and licensure will then be presented to the registration committee:
    • The registration committee will consider relaxing its policies around the level and type of supervision for Canadian graduates in the provisional class.
  • The College will send a list of expected graduating residents who will likely be registered and licensed in the provisional class to MSP.
  • Qualifying graduating residents will then be registered in the provisional class. Registrants in the provisional class must be sponsored by their Health Authority and under supervision but are otherwise able to practise medicine in BC.

author: Sasha Zalyvadna