Some 800 residents who were unable to complete their final exams in the spring because of the COVID-19 will be able to finally resume their evaluation in the fall in order to obtain their license to practice.
At the end of their residency, medical students must undergo written assessments and oral examinations of the College of family physicians of Canada or the royal College of physicians and surgeons of Canada, depending on their specialty.
The success of these tests is paramount to obtaining a permit from the Collège des médecins du Québec, which in turn helps them to work independently and take charge of the patients.
A cohort of approximately 800 future physicians, who were completing their years of residence, had to bow its tests in the spring. In the event of a success, they would have technically received their licence at the start of the summer.
However, in the wake of the health rules imposed by the COVID-19, canadian organizations responsible for the examinations were suspended as were the written evaluations scheduled for the spring of, in addition to abolish oral tests. This decision has created a wave of shock among the graduates, who spend months preparing for this final step is mandatory.
“Cognitive overload “
These have recently learned that they could finally resume their examinations as of the end of August, until October. Several future doctors will therefore have to find a way to juggle between their work at the hospital and study for their test, a conciliation procedure, which may cause a lot of headaches.
“They will not be able to be 100 % active at work. There should be a time reserved for patients, but also a time reserved for study. It is study every day, for months. It is sure that there will be a cognitive overload, ” says Dr. Christian Campagna, president of the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec.
Remains to be seen if these times of exams will have a schedule of evaluations planned in the fall, while another cohort had to submit to the tests.
Note that, in the meantime, the Collège des médecins du Québec has made available a ” restrictive permits “, which allow future doctors to practice in anticipation of their evaluation.
To this day, fifty permits were issued, confirm the organization.