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Subspecialty Examination Affiliate Program

The examination program and Affiliate category for non-certified subspecialists


Reinforcing the Royal College as Canada’s national standard for specialist medical expertise!

The Royal College has created a subspecialty examination program and affiliate category to ensure national standards of specialty care across Canada. The Subspecialty Examination Affiliate Program (SEAP) provides an

  • approved mechanism for non Royal College, internationally-trained subspecialists practising in Canada to challenge a Royal College subspecialty examination;
  • approved mechanism for internationally-trained physicians who are registered with a postgraduate office in an accredited Royal College subspecialty training program who are not Royal College certified in a primary specialty to challenge a Royal College subspecialty examination;
  • invitation for successful exam candidates to join the Royal College as a Subspecialist Affiliate.

This program is not open to individuals who are completing training in a Canadian specialty program.


SEAP supports national standards for all subspecialists practicing in Canada

Licensed, internationally-trained physicians are currently practicing in Canada in recognized Royal College subspecialties, but without Royal College certification. SEAP enables the Royal College to deliver on their professional responsibility to enable all specialists and subspecialists practising in Canada to be assessed against the same national standards.

SEAP will

  • assist in closing the gap between no Royal College assessment for practising non-certified subspecialists and the standard traditional Royal College examination,
  • provide medical regulatory authorities with consistent national standards of assessment, and
  • enhance public confidence that their care is being provided by someone who can document successful completion of their subspecialist competence against Canada’s national standard.

SEAP does not create a new pathway to Royal College Fellowship

Successful exam candidates cannot use the Fellowship designation. Those who pass the exam will be provided Royal College attestation of its successful completion and offered the option to become a Royal College Subspecialist Affiliate.

Affiliate status provides a mechanism for maintaining engagement with the Royal College and participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, but it does not confer Royal College membership or fellowship status.


Program eligibility for internationally-trained physicians

The program impacts two main groups:

  1. PER-SEAP: Internationally-trained physicians already licensed and practising as subspecialists in Canada who are not Royal College certified in a primary specialty.
  2. SEAP: Internationally-trained physicians who are registered with a postgraduate office in an accredited Royal College subspecialty training program who are not Royal College certified in a primary specialty.

PER-SEAP

If you are an internationally trained specialist who is practising in Canada in a subspecialty, but is not Royal College certified in a primary specialty:

Please email the credentials@royalcollege.ca, to find out about your eligibility to apply for the PER-SEAP credentials review process.

The credentials review is an assessment of your postgraduate medical education (PGME) and your current practice. It consists of the following components:

  1. PGME and practice documentation: We require documentation that you have completed all postgraduate subspecialty training requirements of the jurisdiction in which the training occurred, a minimum of 24 months of postgraduate training in the subspecialty in the jurisdiction of training, and are recognized as a subspecialist in the jurisdiction where you trained; and that you have practised as an independent specialist in the subspecialty for the past five years, with the final two years in a continuous practice location in Canada in the subspecialty.

    Note: Practice during a fellowship or postgraduate medical education (PGME) is not considered independent practice; it is considered a learning experience for the specialty.

  2. Certificate of Professional Standing: A current Certificate of Professional Standing is required to prove that you are a member in good standing with your medical regulatory authority.
  3. Multisource feedback (MSF) survey: Feedback on your professional competencies relating to the CanMEDS roles is gathered and then benchmarked against scores from similar practices. This process allows you to reflect on your performance across the range of CanMEDS roles and to identify your areas of strength and areas for growth.
  4. Information on PER multisource feedback (MSF) reports

  5. Feedback from chief of staff (or other relevant supervisor): Your chief of staff will comment on your scope of practice and answers a confidential questionnaire about the quality of your practice.

Apply for the Practice Eligibility Route for the Subspecialty Examination Affiliate Program: (Fillable form* | Printable form)

SEAP

If you are an internationally-trained physician who is registered with a postgraduate office in an accredited Royal College subspecialty training program and you are interested in the SEAP program:

Please email the following information to the Credentials Unit at credentials@royalcollege.ca to find out about your eligibility to apply:

  • Subspecialty discipline
  • Dates and details of training
  • Location of training
  • Where the parent discipline was completed (i.e. Internal Medicine, Pediatrics)

Apply for the Subspecialty Examination Affiliate Program: (Fillable form* | Printable form)
*(The following application form has been created as an Adobe PDF fillable form file. To view, complete, save and print this fillable form, you will need to open the form in Internet Explorer and have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. The software can be obtained free for Mac and PC users from the following site: http://get.adobe.com/reader/)

Please contact credentials@royalcollege.ca