Research Activities

BackgroundIMG OSCE Research Study


UBC CPD continually evaluates all courses and events that are offered to ensure that they meet participants' learning needs and preferences. Periodically, UBC CPD conducts more in-depth studies allowing for a closer look at specific issues and needs that are relevant to international medical graduates and their supervisors. UBC CPD is in a unique position where findings from such studies can be integrated into programming that we offer to better address highlighted unperceived needs and more effectively support IMGs' successful transition to Canadian practice.

Exploring the Gap between IMG Clinical Expertise and Performance Expected of Canadian Objective Structured Clinical Examination


IMGs are expert physicians, with established professional identities (e.g. medical values and approach), which are based on training and practice experiences in diverse countries.  In rebuilding their careers and re-establishing their professional identities in Canada, a major challenge for provisionally licensed IMGs to obtain full licensure are the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) licensure examinations, specifically the MCC Qualifying Examination Part II with its Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Challenges may, in part, be due to IMGs' established professional identity that conflict with the standards of competent behaviours that the Canadian OSCEs are designed to assess. Study participation involves completion of a recruitment survey and participation in either an interview or focus group.


This study will investigate the discrepancies between IMGs' clinical expert behaviour in their own cultural context and the expectation for demonstrating clinical competence based on Canadian cultural standards by taking a learner-centred, strengths-based approach of utilizing the expertise of IMGs. It is hoped that by utilizing this unique approach, the results of this study will help Canadian CME/CPD educators better understand the unperceived educational needs of provisionally licensed IMGs, generating strategies to more effectively support their licensure and certification examinations and transition to Canadian practice.

 *UBC CPD has received a National CPD Research Grant from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada - Steering Committee of Continuing Professional Development's (AFMC-SCCPD) to conduct this study.

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