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Below is all you need to know to set you on your path to family practice. Please note this timeline provided is simply a rough guideline for you to follow and may be used in helping organize next steps.

Additional Resources

CFPC Exam Registration

  • Can sit the exam in the final six months prior to completing residency training
  • Must be a CFPC resident member to apply for the CFPC exam:


LMCC Exam Registration (MCCQE Part II)

  • You must have completed a minimum of 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training (PGT) or osteopathic postgraduate training, or will be completing it by the following deadline:
    • On or before June 30 for the May exam of the same calendar year
    • On or before December 31 for the October exam of the same calendar year
  • Register for the LMCC exam through


AHS Medical Staff Appointments and Clinical Privileges


Alberta Medical License and Physician Registration

  • ALLOW 90 DAYS, longer if you are a graduate of an international training program
  • Through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)
  • Can start the paperwork 6 months in advance
  • Need to apply for an Eligibility Review. This may take 6 weeks before approval is granted for On-Line Application.
  • For the On-Line Application, you will need 3 references, and notarized copy of medical degree
  • In June: after confirmation of successful completion of CFPC & LMCC exams (sent directly to CPSA from CFPC), you must complete “Registration Electronic Appointment (eAppointment)”. This is where payment happens.
  • CPSA will contact you through email. Please make sure you give them an email address that is regularly checked.
  • If you have PO box or a regular clinic, consider putting this down as your public address: this is the address anyone can find you through Doctor Search. Pay attention that you don’t put your personal address or phone number on the public information section.
  • Can also contact CPSA registration assistants for help


Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)


Alberta Health – PracID and BA #

  • You will need a Practitioner Identification Number (PracID#) in order to claim payment or make referrals – this is done through Alberta health:
  • This will require CPSA licence number, so this will be one of the last things you do.
  • You also need to apply for a Business Arrangement (BA) Number
    • This is an agreement with Alberta Health to establish the arrangement for payment
    • You will often need a BA number for each practice site. This can get confusing. The easiest way to figure this out is to contact whoever hired you and they can guide you through what needs to be filled out.
  • If you end up incorporating, you will need a new BA number and will need to fill out this “Organization Information” form:


Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Billing Number


Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP)

  • Established through the CPSA to monitor the use of certain drugs (ie. narcotics, stimulants, etc). This includes a special prescribing pad for controlled substances that you have to order through this program.
  • You will need a CPSA licence number to apply.
  • To contact the TPP:


Practice Management Considerations

PO Box:

  • do this before CPSA registration, especially if you do not have a practice address yet
  • this can be your public address where anyone can find on you on the CPSA Doctor Search

Professional Incorporation*:

  • Start with finding an accountant – they can recommended a lawyer.
  • The lawyer will help you with completing the application for a Professional Corporation (PC).
  • When all that is completed, you will need to apply for a corporate bank account and credit card.
  • You can charge application fees (eg CPSA registration fees, CMPA fees, AMA fees) to your PC account.
  • HOWEVER, it may take a few weeks/months before you are paid, depending on how prompt the billing gets done at your sites, so have a backup plan of how to pay off that first credit card bill
  • MD Financial can be a good resource for some direction. Alternatively, ask your preceptors or mentors who they work with.

*NOTE: incorporation is not mandatory to the transition to practice. It may be a consideration for individuals who are at least one year (or several years) into practice.

Disability Insurance:

  • consider upgrade or buy-into disability insurance

Student Line of Credit (LOC):

  • if not incorporated, extend your student LOC if you can, in anticipation of the delay in your first paycheck

Alberta Medical Association (AMA):

  • Membership is optional
  • Can take advantage of the First Year in Practice special membership rate
  • Benefits include:
    • Medical liability reimbursement – reimburses a portion of your CMPA fees
    • CME reimbursement
    • Retention benefits in some cases

Physician Recruiters:


Helpful Alberta Health Services Contacts

North Zone:
There are three Privileging Assistants who process Medical Staff Applications and Change Requests for Appointments and Privileging. They are divided amongst areas within the North Zone. To eliminate missed emails, documentation and notification, we use one central email address and from there the request will get dispersed accordingly.

Privileging Assistants:
Sabrina Crowe, Fort McMurray
Phone: (780) 788.1721
Fax: (780) 788-1744

Darlene Little, Grande Prairie
Phone: (780) 357-2564
Fax: (780) 538-7277

Kylie Pilfold, Grande Prairie
Phone: (780) 357-2564
Fax: (780)538-7277

Privileging Manager is Deborah Whetstone.
Phone: (780)830-2825

Edmonton Zone:
Ashley Turlione, Privileging Assistant for the Departments of Family Medicine / Emergency Medicine
Phone: (780) 735-0758

Debbie Velsink, Privileging Assistant For the Departments of: Addiction & Mental Health/ Emergency Medicine/Diagnostic Imaging/Corrections Health(Physicians)/ Lab Medicine & Pathology Medical Affairs, Edmonton Zone
Phone: (780) 735-0759



Central Zone:
There are Two Privileging Specialist who process Medical Staff Applications and Change Requests for Appointments and Privileging and the work is divided between them. To eliminate missed emails, documentation and notification, we use one central email address and from there the request will get dispersed accordingly.

Calgary Zone:
Lorie A. MacDonald Medical Staff Program Assistant Medical Affairs, Calgary Zone
Ph#: (403) 943-0315

Bonnie Joseph, Analyst Appointments & Credentials Medical Affairs, Calgary Zone
Ph#: (403) 910-2985

South Zone:
Deb Morgan Administrative Assistant/ South Zone-Medical Affairs Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
Ph#: (403) 502-8648 Ext. 2426

Peggy Fletcher Executive Assistant/ South Zone-Medical Affairs Chinook Regional Hospital – Lethbridge
Ph#: (403) 388-6709