The IEPEP Program was designed to be completed in the three (3) months prior to taking the national exam, but some people choose to take an earlier program so that they have more time to study on their own before taking the national exam. You can register for whichever program you feel will work best for your personal study plan.
There are three in person events in the IEPEP Practical Program which must be attended in Vancouver, BC: the Baseline OSCE (start of the program), the Clinical Lab Day (approximately one month into the program), and the Final OSCE (second month of the program). The remaining IEPEP Practical Program content is online for registrants to work through at their own pace.
The Baseline OSCE and Final OSCE are each approximately 4.5 hours long (i.e., a half day). The Clinical Lab day is a 9 hour (i.e., full day) event. All events take place on either Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Registrants are assigned to their event sessions by the IEPEP Program Manager.
If you need to make travel plans in order to attend the three in person events in Vancouver, the IEPEP Program Manager can confirm your session dates and times once you complete registration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in order to confirm your event dates/times.
IEPEP Practical Program registrants gain access to the same online content that those in the IEPEP Written Program access (including the same 23 Virtual Patient Cases); plus IEPEP Practical Program registrants receive access to an additional course site with resources specifically for practical exam preparations.
You can ask those questions by talking to your peers in the program, contacting a mentor on the ‘Mentor Contact List’, or by asking a tutor or examiner at one of the three program events.
Your access to the IEPEP Program online content remains open right up until the national exam date – if you need to review material the night before the exam, you are still able to access all of the content.
Program registrants must be in Vancouver on the dates of the three program events; however, IEPEP Program registrants do not need to live in Canada, and do not require a Canadian student or work Visa
The IEPEP Program itself does not offer financial assistance for paying program fees, but some past registrants have found success through services such as WorkBC and Skills Connect Canada.
There may be additional options in your province.