Clinical Assessment Program

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are a diverse group from medical schools around the world. Every person’s unique story reflects a broad range of experience, from years of practice to no patient experience at all. As medical education varies widely among IMGs, prior to gaining access to residency in Canada, all IMGs must complete a series of standardized assessments to ensure they meet the minimum Canadian medical education standards and have the required skills to start residency training.

IMGs seeking to be matched to a residency position in British Columbia for CaRMS 2018 and beyond are required to participate in UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program (CAP). The CAP provides a transparent and equitable process designed to support UBC residency programs not only assess candidates’ past clinical experience, but evaluate their potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C.

UBC is pleased to announce that starting in 2017, CAP was streamlined from four weeks to a one-day, mandatory evaluation. Completion of this standardized assessment is mandatory for all IMGs applying to UBC residency positions for CaRMS 2018 and beyond. Please note that if you participated in the previous four-week CAP, you will need to take part in the new one-day assessment in order to apply to a UBC residency position.

The resulting benefits mean that starting in 2017 UBC doubled the number of CAP positions from 100 to 200 per year, with 50 per cent of all CAP positions designated for B.C. residents. In 2017, UBC also revised CAP eligibility requirements to allow for international medical students who are in their final year, as well as IMGs who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents to apply for a CAP position.

Program Overview

UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program will continue to be offered in the Spring (June) and Fall (October/November) of each year. Visit the Timeline page for a list of important upcoming dates and application deadlines.

Over the course of the one-day assessment, candidates will participate in a series of structured oral interviews and examinations, during which their clinical skills and past experiences will be assessed.

At the end of the assessment a written evaluation will be submitted on the candidate’s behalf to CaRMS.

Apply to the Program

Please note, the application deadline for the Fall session is October 15, 2018. Please ensure that you allow plenty of time to submit your application before this deadline. Also note that there will be limited assistance available from the IMG Office closer to the deadline date.

Please visit the Timeline page for more information about the Fall session.

To apply for the Clinical Assessment Program, you will need to demonstrate:

Should you wish to apply to the Clinical Assessment Program as a B.C. resident, you will need to demonstrate your residency. You’ll be asked to submit your Personal Health Number found on your BC Services or BC Care Card. The coverage must be valid through the entire application cycle and will be checked. The IMG Office may ask for additional documentation if required to clarify residency status.

You are considered a B.C. Resident if:

  • You hold current BC medical coverage (MSP)
  • You hold equivalent coverage from the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.

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