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 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’ assessment of candidates’ past clinical experience as both a learner and a practitioner, and to evaluate their potential for success in residency training and suitability for working in communities across B.C. Since 2017, the number of CAP positions has tripled from 100 to 300.
UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program will only be offered in October of each year. All 300 selected candidates will take the MMI assessment in one weekend. A combination of Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCCQE1) scores and a file review will be used to select candidates for a CAP position.
Over the course of the one-day assessment using the Multi Mini Interview (MMI) format, candidates will participate in a series of structured oral interviews, with each interview assessing their competence relative to one of more of the CanMEDS roles.
At the end of the assessment a written evaluation will be submitted on the candidate’s behalf to CaRMS.
Important Changes for 2019/20
Summary of key changes to apply in 2019 for the 2020 CaRMS match:
As a result of the elimination of the MCC Evaluating Examination by the Medical Council of Canada, beginning in 2019 IMGs will be required to take the MCCQE Part I to apply to a residency position in B.C.
Note: To apply for the 2020 CaRMS match, you must complete the MCCQE Part I no later than July 26, 2019
NAC OSCE scores will not be used to evaluate applications for potential IMG BC Clinical Assessment Program candidates. NAC OSCE is still a requirement to apply to the CaRMS match.
Key dates for 2019/20:
- April 12 – May 15, 2019: First sitting of the MCCQE Part I
- July 1, 2019: Online application opens
- July 8 – 26, 2019: Last sitting of the MCCQE Part I before application deadline
- September 15, 2019: Online application closes. All relevant documents must be shared and verified through PhysiciansApply.ca
- October 19 – 20, 2019: Multiple Mini Interview
- Spring/summer 2020: Resident orientation
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. 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.
Apply to the Program
To apply for the Clinical Assessment Program, you will need to demonstrate:
- You are a final-year medical student or graduate from a medical school listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools by the application deadline.
- You’ve passed your Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1 (MCCQE1).
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.