The Medical Council of Canada’s policy direction is set by its Council, which has 52 positions, including a position for:
- Two appointees from each provincial and territorial medical regulatory authority
- One member from each university in Canada that has a medical school
- Up to five members from the public
- Two student members, and two postgraduate resident members
Council typically meets once a year at its Annual Meeting.
The Executive Board of Council is composed of the President, Vice-President, Immediate Past-President, the Chair of the Finance Committee, the Public Member at Large, and four other members of Council elected at the Annual Meeting. The duties of the Executive Board include developing policy proposals for consideration by the Members of Council, assisting with the implementation of policy and external liaison activities, managing the assets of the Council, and adopting and approving an annual budget that will be reported at the Annual Meeting.
Council’s direction is carried out by the administrative staff at the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) as well as by the Central Examination Committee (CEC). The CEC is responsible for the overall content and quality of the examinations, and for determining the pass or fail standard to be applied to candidates who have attempted each administration of the MCC Qualifying Examination Part I and Part II.
To maintain objectivity and independence, no individual can be on Council in addition to being part of the CEC or the MCC’s test committees.
How are Council members appointed?
Council members are appointed by a provincial or territorial medical regulatory authority or a faculty of medicine at a Canadian university. Student members are appointed by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec whereas postgraduate resident members are appointed by the Resident Doctors of Canada and the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec.
The members at large are usually nominated by members of academic and regulatory organizations. The submissions are reviewed and selected by the Nominating Committee. The nomination must be subsequently approved by Council at the Annual Meeting.