September 16, 2016

The College has received enough qualified applicants to fill available CSAT spaces for the next two years.  

As such, the College has stopped accepting new applications for CSAT effective immediately (0900 hrs, 16 September 2016).

For those physicians who have submitted their application for the CSAT Program before the deadline, your application will be assessed and you will be notified of the result.

The College will re-open applications when spaces become available.

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Original Notice

 
The College will begin accepting applications for the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training (CSAT) Program effective 13 September 2016.

The College will continue to accept applications until it has received enough qualified applicants to fill available spaces for the next two years.  

Physicians interested in CSAT must apply through physiciansapply.ca 

Requirements 

1.  Applicants to enter CSAT in Newfoundland and Labrador must have completed a minimum of 12 months postgraduate training, which includes a minimum of an eight week rotation in each of Medicine, Surgery and Paediatrics and an eight week rotation in either Obstetrics/Gynaecology or Psychiatry.

2.  As a minimum requirement, applicants must have successfully completed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.  Because spaces are limited, applicants who have successfully completed the MCCQE Part II will be in a more competitive position when applications are being considered.  Furthermore, applicants who have successfully completed the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) with a minimum score of 65 will be in a more competitive position when applications are being considered.

3.  Applicants must meet the College’s Language Proficiency Standards.

4.  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status.

5.  Applicants must have been in verifiable, active practice as a general practitioner for ALL of the following periods: 

•a minimum cumulative period of 36 months that encompasses at least 12 months in a compatible postgraduate training program and a further 24 months in active practice following postgraduate training,
•at least 50% of the period beginning on the date of commencement of a postgraduate training program that is completed and accepted by CPSNL as being compatible with entry into general practice and ending on the date which is 36 months immediately prior to application to CPSNL for the licensure process, and 
•at least one continuous period of three months within the 36 months prior to application to CPSNL for the licensure process.  

“Active practice” means active practice compatible in the College’s assessment with entry into general practice, and includes participation in a postgraduate training program which was completed and accepted by CPSNL as being compatible with entry into general practice. When in general practice, only periods of a minimum of three continuous months will be considered when determining the cumulative period in active practice.

6.  Applicants must not have had any significant interruption in their general practice or significant time out of practice as defined by the College.  Persons in ANY of the following circumstances are considered to have had a significant interruption in practice or significant time out of practice:  

•Persons who have been in verifiable,  active practice for less than one half of the period beginning on the date of commencement of a postgraduate training program which is completed and accepted by CPSNL as being compatible with entry into general practice and ending on the date which is 36 months immediately prior to application to CPSNL,
•Persons who have had a total cumulative period of less than 36 months of verifiable, active practice, and
•Persons who have had less than 12 months of verifiable active practice in the five years immediately prior to application to CPSNL.

7.  Applicants approved for educational registration to enter the CSAT training component must obtain sponsorship from a Regional Health Authority before entering training.


Limited CSAT placements/ranking criteria

The number of eligible applicants will likely exceed the number of available CSAT placements. 

Based on current CSAT placement availability, CSAT will conduct 20 assessments per year, 10 in the winter and early spring, and 10 in the fall. Assessments are done individually and the training schedules are also individualized. 

CSAT will arrange training schedules based on availability of preceptors.  Assessment will be given to those applicants that meet the eligibility criteria for assessment and have a sponsorship from a Regional Health Authority.

The College will inform Applicants when they are referred to the CSAT for assessment. This referral will maintain the applicant’s eligibility for the CSAT assessment for at least one year from the date of the notice. Applicants who are not placed in CSAT within that one year, or who do not enter a CSAT placement offered to them within that one year, but who wish to continue to be considered for CSAT placement, may have to file a notice of confirmation with the College:  

•confirming that they wish to continue to be considered for a CSAT placement,
•providing verifiable information that they have been in active practice as a general practitioner within the 36 months prior to the date of filing the notice of confirmation, and
•confirming that there has been no other change in their application information, or if there has been a change, then providing that new information.

Applicants should also consider completing ACLS, ATLS and PALS. Completing these courses may also improve the applicant’s acceptability for the limited number of positions for assessment and entry to the CSAT training.

The College is not responsible for delays in the application process due to incomplete information or delays in receiving information from the Applicant or third parties.  Applicants should bear in mind the time lag between their initial application date and the successful completion of the application when considering whether they are likely to continue to meet the requirement of three months active practice within the 36 months prior to application.