Oct. 25, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
 
Oct. 25, 2011

Medical Council of Canada releases report outlining its future vision

Ottawa – The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) released today at its Annual Meeting a comprehensive report detailing the proposed vision for the MCC and its exams. Recalibrating for the 21st century addresses five broad themes:

  • The MCC’s qualification, the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), and the continuum of qualification
  • Enhanced exam content meeting changing societal health needs
  • Timing and flexibility of exams and their components
  • International medical graduate assessment
  • Revalidation of physician competency

The MCC’s Assessment Review Task Force submitted the report after extensive consultations with key stakeholders.

“We are very proud to be publishing our report after having had the opportunity to consult with Members of Council, medical regulatory authorities and faculties of medicine across the country,” said Dr. Oscar Casiro, Chair of the Assessment Review Task Force. “Our next task is to strike a committee that will prioritize the recommendations and work with stakeholders and staff towards implementing them.”

The report’s key recommendations include working with partners on a national strategy for assessment of physicians throughout their medical careers and developing tools to evaluate international medical graduates’ practice readiness. Recommendations also include more flexibility in exam timing and enhanced assessment of the CanMEDS physician roles.

Additionally, the Assessment Review Task Force suggests that the LMCC only be issued after a candidate meets all the requirements for the Canadian Standard for an independent medical licence. This would mean that a physician would receive the LMCC once he or she has a recognized MD degree, has passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and II, completed residency training and achieved Canadian specialty certification. Currently, physicians are awarded the LMCC after passing the MCCQE Part II regardless of whether they completed residency or achieved certification.

Recalibrating for the 21st century will be available on the MCC’s website Friday, October 28, 2011. 

The Medical Council of Canada strives to achieve the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians. It conducts over 12,000 assessments of medical students and graduates every year through its examinations. Its exams are offered in both official languages in sites across Canada, and in the case of the MCCEE, in over 500 locations in 80 countries.

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For more information:
 
Jessica Hertzog
Senior Communications Advisor
Medical Council of Canada
613-521-6012, ext. 2277
jhertzog@mcc.ca