Monthly Archives: February 2016

Delving into practice-ready assessment (PRA)

Practice-ready assessment (PRA) is one of several routes available to internationally-trained physicians interested in joining Canada’s medical profession. Although the structure and requirements of PRA programs vary from one province to the next, through the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC), the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) continues to collaborate with its partners to encourage consistency and adoption of pan-Canadian standards.

Through PRA, candidates participate in a work-place assessment whereby practising physician assessors observe them for up to three months. Typically, before engaging in practice-ready assessment, the internationally-trained physicians would have received an orientation to the Canadian medical system that differed in length and content from one province to the next. Over time, NAC and MCC are introducing orientation tools in support of pan-Canadian standards for PRA …

Read the full story from the Medical Council of Canada

JOB POSTING: Family Physician (Practice rent-free for the first year)

JOB TITLE: Family Physician – Practice Rent Free for 1st Year
DATE POSTED: 09/02/2016
SPECIALTY: Family Medicine / GP

Family Physicians required for busy location in Mississauga. This is a newly renovated 2,000 sq.ft facility with 5 exam rooms, 2 washrooms, large reception and waiting area. Plenty of free parking for patients and staff. Patients can also access by bus as clinic located at major intersection.

Owner is offering first year rent free, then $1,500/month thereafter, including heat and hydro. Move your existing practice or establish your own at this prime location. If you prefer a turn-key set-up, owner willing to equip 2 exam rooms, hire office/medical assistant in return for a very low split arrangement. Immediate occupancy.

Suitable candidates must hold or be eligible for a full independent license in Ontario (CCFP & LMCC). In accordance with immigration requirements, preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Interested candidates, please contact: Hedi Cameron, Regional Manager, CanAm Physician Recruiting Inc. Office: 647-883-7185 E-mail:

What can physicians expect from the 2016 federal budget?

The 2016 federal budget will be tabled in less than a month and everyone’s wondering what tax measures can be expected.

Since the Liberal party’s win in October, the government has implemented many of the tax measures that were included in their election platform, as well as some new measures such as …

  • a 4% increase in the top federal rate of tax (from 29% to 33%) for taxable income over $200,000;
  • a reduction in the second federal tax bracket rate from 22% to 20.5%;
  • a reduction in the annual Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) contribution limit from $10,000 to $5,500; and
  • some unexpected changes to several tax measures affecting Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs) and other private corporations.

Since proposed measures often take effect on budget day, Grant Thornton advises the best course of action is to “address all tax-sensitive transactions before that day.”

So what’s in store for active versus passive incomes, employers and EI premiums? View a full chart summarizing possible tax measures you can expect.

H/T Grant Thornton

Manitoba oncologist wants Canada to lead cannabis crusade

An oncologist and palliative care consultant with CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba says he would like to see Canada become a world leader in the use of medical marijuana for pain relief.

The Medical Post reported that Dr. Paul Daeninck told CTV News many patients “know more than the doctors” about medical cannabis and that physicians “get their backs up” when a patient comes in making a specific treatment demand.

Daeninck says there needs to be more studies outlining how medical cannabis can be used, including daily allotments and the benefits patients can experience. He is personally involved in updating the curriculum at the University of Manitoba’s medical school to include information on medical cannabis.

H/T Medical Post