Message from the Executive Director

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is committed to ensuring the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians. This commitment is a promise not only to the Canadian public but also to our stakeholder organizations and to the physicians we assess both in Canada and internationally.

Our commitment to quality and service extends to everything we do including developing, administering and scoring our examinations, verifying and storing physician credentials, registering examination candidates from across the country and around the world, and maintaining the Canadian Medical Register, in which medical graduates are inscribed when they fulfill our requirements.

In partnership with government, regulatory agencies, faculties of medicine and other assessment organizations, the MCC created a national credentials repository for physician documents. It is also coordinating a streamlined assessment process for international medical graduates. Additionally, it supports research and development to remain at the forefront of innovation in medical assessment.

Exciting times lie ahead for the Medical Council of Canada. In 2013, the MCC launched a new, centralized portal called physiciansapply.ca. The new portal was developed in conjunction with Employment and Social Development Canada (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) and the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and its members. This centralized portal allows physicians to build a confidential repository of their credential and medical documents that they can choose to share with Canadian medical organizations. In addition, as of February 2014, eligible candidates are able to use physiciansapply.ca to submit an application for medical registration to medical regulatory authorities. This initiative will change the way physicians apply for services, assessments and licensure in Canada.

As the MCC implements the recommendations of the Assessment Review Task Force, the MCC will review its assessment processes, including a thorough review of content coverage and enhanced flexibility in the scheduling of examinations. The MCC will also team up with partners to launch collaborative assessment solutions to challenges facing the Canadian medical system.

As the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, I am grateful to be part of this dynamic organization. I look forward to our continued success in fulfilling our responsibility to Canadians while seeking new ways of achieving excellence in the field of medical evaluation.

Yours sincerely,

M. Ian Bowmer, MD CM, FRCPC
Executive Director
Medical Council of Canada