Having observed a significant decline in passing rates for the surgery section of the Clinical Proficiency Examination over the last years, the National Examining Board decided to take action and provide candidates with an opportunity to assess their skills prior to undertaking a live surgery during the CPE.
With the collaboration of subject experts from the CPE sites, the NEB has developed a process to ensure candidates can demonstrate basic surgical techniques as a prerequisite for CPE registration.
A “Preliminary Surgical Assessment for the CPE” (PSA) has been developed and approved by the NEB.
The PSA for the CPE will assess the candidate’s ability to:
- Prepare a cadaver for a sterile abdominal procedure;
- Prepare her-/himself for a sterile surgical procedure;
- Perform a ventral midline celiotomy (approximately 10 cm in length) and close the ventral midline celiotomy, subcutaneous tissue and skin on cadaver
The PSA will have a feedback component. After the assessment there will be a short exit interview with the examiner that will allow the candidate to get to know his weaknesses and prepare for the CPE.
The Preliminary Surgical Assessment has been a mandatory step of the NEB process for all candidates taking the CPE since January 1st, 2017.
PSA session will take place at several locations in Canada. Currently new PSA sessions for March-May are being planned and candidates that register will be placed on a waiting list and will be offered seats whenever new dates and locations become available.
The next PSA sessions on February 9th & 10th at WCVM Saskatoon are now fully booked. More sessions should be announced shortly.
The fee for the PSA is $1000.00.
Registrations are open now: Registration form.