Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment (NSPRAP) at a Glance
Medical Knowledge Assessment: MCC QE Part 1, MCC NAC OSCE or MCCQE Part II
Must meet eligibility requirements
Referral to the NSPRAP
Screening & Selection
Stage 1 Suitability Assessment - Personal Interview
Selection Committee – Candidates will be selected to write the TDM following the interview.
Stage 2 Therapeutics Decision Making Exam (TDM) – Pass/Fail
Eligibility List – Candidates who pass TDM & meet all eligibility requirements
Selection Committee – Ranking and recommending candidates to CPSNS for issuance of clinical assessment license and recommendation for contract offer/sponsorship
CPSNS – granting of clinical assessment license
NSHA — granting of privileges and signing of RoS contract
Clinical Field AssessmenT (CFA)
Orientation – prior to commencing a CFA, IMG candidates will undergo an extensive orientation program on topics like the Canadian health care system, patient-centred interviewing, charting, medical-legal issues, professional responsibilities and ethical practice.
The orientation will involve self-study, in person seminars and some exposure to simulated patients to practice communication and some physical exam skills.
CFA – total of 12 weeks (2- 6 week placements) in two different family practices and in two different communities
Assessments using valid and varied assessment tools will be used to assess all aspects of readiness for independent practice (excluding provision of care in the ED and intra-partum care).
Assessors will provide regular feedback to IMG candidates and submit evaluation reports to the NSPRAP.
The NSPRAP Recommendations Committee will decide whether or not to make a recommendation to the CPSNS that the IMG candidate be granted a defined license. The IMG candidate will be informed of the Recommendations Committee’s decision.
Supervision – the CPSNS oversight – Defined Licence
Attainment of Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada & College of Family Physicians of Canada Certification