The College is responsible for ensuring every physician who enters any form of medical practice in Alberta has the right credentials and qualifications to give Albertans the safe, effective care they deserve. There are approximately 11,000 physicians registered to practise in Alberta today, with 569 new registrants in 2018.
How do we ensure all physicians who register for practice in Alberta are competent professionals?
All physicians who apply for practice in Alberta must have a medical degree, be in an independent practice or a continuous formal postgraduate training program within three years before applying, and meet postgraduate training requirements. In 2018, we also made it mandatory for applicants to submit a criminal record check or police certificate from every jurisdiction where they have ever held medical registration, licence or a practice permit.
Internationally-trained physicians must also take a series of nationally-established exams to prove fluency in English, and critical medical knowledge and decision-making abilities that are at the level expected of a Canadian graduate.
The CPSA General Register eligibility requirements are rigorous, but they’re a part of our process to ensure our profession is equipped to give the best possible care to Albertans.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is also a requirement to maintain an Alberta medical practice permit. During annual registration renewal, we follow up with our entire membership roster to ensure they’re meeting credit requirements in one of two approved national CPD programs: Mainpro+ (College of Family Physicians of Canada) or Maintenance of Certification (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada).