UPDATE 2018: It Happened AGAIN!
After all I/we went through to voice our concern about the RCA exam in 2015, they stuck to their guns and made a new group of BC physios write the exam three years later with the same result of technology failure causing the whole thing to be canceled. I received countless emails, phone calls and even hand written letters from all over the province thanking me for trying to stand up for us in 2015 and now it is starting all over again. Physios are mad about the inconvenience, but still madder at the underlying principle that this test is not a valid or appropriate measure of our competency. I hope the College of Physiotherapists of BC starts taking the feedback of its members more seriously…lets see what happens!
Original Article Below
I am writing this article tonight because I am mad, I am offended and I want to help create change and I know that I am not alone. I have been a physiotherapist in British Columbia for twelve years, a path that required me to attain two university degrees and pass a written and practical certification exam. I have taken over twenty five post-graduate courses, run a private clinic and work closely with countless other healthcare professionals and was just recently required to write a three hour exam to prove my ‘competency’ as part of our college’s Quality Assurance Program.
Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in British Columbia, meaning that we have a regulatory body called the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) that creates standards and provides licenses for therapists to work as certified health care professionals in the province. Apparently in 2007 the BC government passed a law called the Health Professions Amendment Act that requires regulatory bodies to monitor our ‘continuing competency’ defined as: the ongoing ability of a practitioner to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, judgments and interpersonal attributes required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and setting.