Bylaw Amendments

According to the Health Professions Act, section 19(6.2):

(6.2) A bylaw under subsection (1), other than a bylaw under subsection (1) (b), (c), (d), (f), (g), (k), (l), (l.6), (l.9), (l.92), (p), (q), (u.1), (v.1), (w.1) or (z), may not be made, amended or repealed unless

(a) notice of the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is given by the board to the minister and the college of each health profession prescribed by the minister for the purposes of this subsection

(i) at least 3 months before the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is filed with the minister, or
(ii) within a shorter period the minister specifies as appropriate in the circumstances, and

(b) the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is, for the period referred to in paragraph (a),

(i) made available by the board for inspection by any person, free of charge, at the office of the college at all reasonable times during regular business hours, and
(ii) posted by the board on the college website.

The following are proposed amendment(s) to the Bylaws:

Section 2-24 and Schedule A

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has posted a proposed addition to Part 2, Section B of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act

The new section 2-24 of the Bylaws will allow eligible practitioners with some medical training to be registered on a restricted class of registration called the “associate physician class” to provide a much-needed service in acute care settings. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the minister of health has asked the College to post the proposed Bylaws and agreed to a shortened time frame for consultation. The consultation will close on April 15, 2020.

Overview

Practitioners who are not eligible for a full or provisional licence in BC may be eligible to apply for restricted licensure as associate physicians under the direction and supervision of attending physicians in acute care settings. An associate physician is not licensed for independent practice and must not act in the capacity as the most responsible physician. A typical role for an associate physician includes working as part of a hospitalist team or in an operating room as a surgical assistant.  

In order to qualify, practitioners must have:

  • a medical degree 
  • at least two years of postgraduate training in a medical or surgical specialty
  • part 1 of the LMCC qualifying exams

Their application for registration must be preceded by a detailed written request from one of the regional health authorities. 

Associate physicians will work in teams as employees of a regional health authority.  

Associate physicians will pay registration and licensing fees as reflected in Schedule A.

The proposed Bylaw amendments have been posted for a 15-day notice period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

Comments can be submitted to the following by April 15, 2020:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attention: Registrar and CEO
Email: bylaw3@cpsbc.ca

Ministry of Health, Health Sector Workforce Division
Attention: Brian Westgate, Director of Strategic Priorities
Email: proregadmin@gov.bc.ca

Section 2-16

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has posted a proposed temporary amendment to its Bylaws in response to the postponement of the spring qualifying examinations offered by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Medical Council of Canada. 

This revision applies to those residents who are scheduled to complete their postgraduate training programs June 30, 2020 and who would normally have access to qualifying examinations and be eligible for full registration in either the family or specialty class of registration. The intent of this amendment is to waive the current requirements for sponsorship and supervision for those who hold provisional registration since graduating residents from Canadian training programs have a very high pass rate (greater than 90%) on the qualifying examinations. Those who are granted provisional registration will be required to take the examinations at the next available sitting. Registrants who are successful on the qualifying examinations will be advanced to the full class of registration pursuant to sections 2-10 and 2-11 of the Bylaws. Registrants who are not successful on the qualifying examinations will be subject to sponsorship and supervision pursuant to section 2-16 of the Bylaws and required to complete the qualifying examinations and obtain the requisite certification within the timelines specified in section 2-17 of the Bylaws. 

The Bylaw amendments have been posted for a 60-day notice period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

Comments can be submitted to the following by May 26, 2020:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attention: Registrar and CEO
Email: bylaw2@cpsbc.ca

Ministry of Health, Health Sector Workforce Division
Attention: Brian Westgate, Director of Strategic Priorities
Email: proregadmin@gov.bc.ca