We have been closely monitoring the status of the pandemic, in Calgary, Alberta, as the host city for EMG exams.
Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. New temporary measures to reduce transmission and protect the health care system come into effect September 16. These public health actions are required due to rising cases and hospitalizations, largely in unvaccinated Albertans.
EMG Chief Examiner, Dr. Larry Robinson met with senior members of the examination committee and this group concluded that we should proceed with the in-person exam, which includes MSQs, Waveforms and OSCEs. We will proceed safely and adhering to the municipal Order as it relates to meeting in groups during a pandemic.
Presently, we have 70 participants registered to write the exam. If possible, we would like to reduce the group size by 50%. Thus we are asking candidates to consider deferring until 2022, if they can. In particular we are asking all PGY5s to consider deferring their exam, without penalty, to June 2022.
Any participant may defer to 2022 without penalty and will be guaranteed a seat.
Participants (and all faculty and volunteers) are required to be fully immunized for COVID-19, by Oct 31, 2021. The latest a participant could receive their last dose to be in compliance with Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) new policy is Oct 16, 2021, which allows for the 14 days that must pass to be considered fully immunized. This necessary step is required to protect patients, vulnerable and immuno-compromised Albertans, and anyone who visits or works in an AHS healthcare facility.
Please forward your proof of vaccine no later than October 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org. No participant will be provided access if proof is received late and participation and fees will be forfeited.
Again, we continue to monitor the situation closely. If you require the exam for current employment, please let us know immediately in the event we need to find alternate arrangements.
Canadian Examinations Electromyography (EMG)
To assure and maintain a high standard of competence in clinical electroencephalography and electromyography across Canada, the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN) conducts an annual examination in EEG and EMG and related subjects for those eligible physicians entering EEG or EMG practice who elect to take it.
Successful candidates will be given a certificate by the CSCN and will automatically be eligible for Active membership in the Society. The Provincial Licensing Bodies and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have been informed of this examination and of the objective of the CSCN to maintain high standards in the practice of Clinical Neurophysiology in Canada.
To promote and encourage all aspects of neurophysiology, including research and education in neurophysiology, as well as assessment and accreditation in the field of clinical neurophysiology;
To provide for annual scientific sessions to promote the knowledge and practice of clinical neurophysiology.