Practice Readiness Assessment (PRA) Orientation for International Medical Graduate (IMG) Candidates Online Modules


This self-paced online orientation is developed in response to identified unique support needs the International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have when they undergo a Practice Readiness Assessment (PRA) in Alberta.


Through the orientation, learners will be equipped to:

  • Recognize PRA purpose and process
  • Discuss integrating the competencies of CanMEDS roles in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate some highlighted elements of practice essential to effective patient care in Alberta
  • Realize necessity of individual practitioner’s life-long learning with physicians’ practice standards
  • It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • ‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’. ‘My Courses’ is the landing page after you log in. Scroll down the page to find the following sentence below the list of ‘Registered Programs’: “Review all the course notes you have made.”
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: You may find estimated time for completing individual modules in the landing page of each module. For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of a page. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.

This one-credit-per-hour self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 6.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 6.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns up to five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This course was co-developed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • PC/Faculty disclosure





Katrina Nicholson


University of Calgary , Offices of CME /PD and PLP – Medical Director , CLinical Associate Professor;

REACH/CanREACH – Faculty teacher;

CADDRA – Board member , Education committee member;

Calgary Foothills PCN – Physician Champion, Child and Youth case collaborative;

Medicine SCN – Member of core committee and Kidney health committee

Speakers Bureau: Elvium

Clinical Associate Professor , Department of Family Medicine , Medical Director , offices of COntinuing Medical Eduction

and Professional Development and the Physician Learning Program

Hanan Bassyouni


Nothing to declare


Delaney Clarke



Program Coordinator, CPSA Registration Assessments

Helen Cuddihy



Senior Medical Advisor, Continuing Competence Department

Jill Hastings


Nothing to declare

Program Manager,  Practice Readiness Assessment Program, CPSA

Sharla King


Nothing to declare


Trisha Legeard


Nothing to declare

Program Coordinator, CPSA Registration Assessments

Bruce Leisen


Nothing to declare

Director, Registration

Director, Physician Health Monitoring

Lori Montgomery


Honoraria: ACFP, CFPC, University of Calgary, UBC
Clinical Trials: Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary – rant for a pilot clinical trial of a medication for opioid withdrawal

AHS – Medical leadership role

Clinical Lecturer, Departments of Family Medicine and Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine,
University of Calgary; Medical Director, Chronic Pain Centre,
Alberta Health Services

Doreen  Oneschuk


Nothing to declare

Senior Medical Advisor, Provincial Physician Assessment Program, CPSA

Jean Rawling


Nothing to declare

Clinical Assistant Professor

Site Medical Lead, Central Teaching Clinic

Department of Family Medicine

University of Calgary

Amanda Siebenga


Nothing to declare

Program Coordinator for CPSA Registration Assessments

Rachel Talavikar




Jean Triscott


Nothing to declare

Center for Health and Culture

Department of Family Medicine

University of Alberta

Utkarsh Subnis


Digital Workplace Consultant – Fresh Squeezed Ideas Inc.

Former Employee – HAnalytics Solutions Inc.

Education Consultant, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Katrina Nicholson MD, CCFP, MBChB, FCFP (Chair)
Doreen Oneschuk MD LMCC CCFP
Bruce Leisen BSc             
Jill Hastings MSc CHE         
Amanda Siebenga
Delaney Clarke      
Helen Cuddihy MD CCFP    
Trisha Legeard BA       
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME&PD Representative)

This program has received an educational grant from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.