Physician Examiner

If you would like to gain valuable experience working with students and would like to be involved in ensuring excellence in the assessment of future physicians, we would like to invite you to become a Physician Examiner. As an Examiner, you will observe students or candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in a clinical encounter and record their performances according to specific rating guidelines. A mandatory short training session will be provided 1-2 weeks before each examination.

Benefits of Becoming an Examiner

  • Professional development credits
  • Compensation for your time
  • Contribute to medical education


An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is an examination comprised of a series of clinical stations, consisting of multiple tracks. The examinations are used to assess clinical competence at all levels of medical education, from Year 1 medical school to licensure in Canada. At each station:

  • A brief written statement introduces a clinical problem and directs the student or candidate to appropriately examine a standardized (simulated) patient.
  • Students or candidates are asked to perform activities such as obtain a history, conduct a physical examination, or assess and address the patient’s issues.

We deliver two types of OSCEs throughout the academic year, these include:

  1. UGME OSCEs, both formative and summative, which assess medical students in all four years of the program based at the Vancouver-Fraser (VFMP) site. We run approximately 6 UBC OSCEs throughout an academic year.
  2. The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examinations provide a preparation examination for international medical graduates prior to the CaRMS match.

Basic Qualifications

Examination qualifications change with each examination, however, all Physician Examiners must:

  • Hold an MD qualification and has a clinical or academic faculty appointment with the UBC Faculty of Medicine or
  • Be a resident in a UBC Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Program in a clinical specialty, has completed a minimum 12 months of training as a resident and has successfully completed MCCQE Part 1
  • Currently practicing medicine in BC or is actively involved in clinical skills teaching in the MD Undergraduate Program
  • Be in good standing with the CPSBC
  • Be comfortable using own personal laptop to submit assessment of the student(s)

Ready to Apply?

Before you begin, please have your current contact information on hand. Incomplete information may negatively impact our ability to contact you. The application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You will need to apply again even if you are a returning examiner.

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How to Apply