Oct. 2, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:

Oct. 2, 2012

Medical Council of Canada celebrates 100-year history and advances future vision at its Annual Meeting

Ottawa – The Medical Council of Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary during its Annual Meeting, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Council discussed key initiatives, including carrying out the Assessment Review Task Force (ARTF) recommendations.

The Council’s educational session focused on progress made in the MCC’s exam blueprinting project. This project responds to the ARTF recommendation to enhance exam content to meet the changing health needs of society.

The project will engage stakeholders in the medical community including by way of a national survey that will launch in early 2013. The full project, leading to the launch of updated exams based on the new blueprint, will take place over a period of three to five years.

“This is a highly exciting initiative that will validate and update the MCC’s examination blueprints thanks to extensive research and consultation,” said Rose Carter, QC, Chair of the ARTF implementation committee. “The impacts of this project are far-reaching – from how we organize the examinations, to how we develop content, to devising how we can assess key competencies that may be difficult to evaluate through point-in-time assessments.”

Council also confirmed the 2013 exam fees:

  • MCCQE Part I $920
  • MCCQE Part II $2,190
  • MCCEE $1,645

As part of the centennial celebrations, Council members took part in a breakfast at Parliament, where the first Annual Meeting took place in November 1912. The MCC also held a gala on Oct. 1, with former Presidents and international guests in attendance. Following the Annual Meeting, the MCC is co-hosting the biennial conference of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).

“The MCC is a forward-thinking organization, but we also honour our heritage,” said Dr. Michael Marrin, President of the MCC. “When the first Council met in 1912, many issues were discussed that are still relevant to this day. These include examination credibility and acceptance, ease of access for candidates and physician mobility. We’ve made a lot of progress in these areas over the past century, and we look forward to further progress as we work on putting the recommendations of the ARTF into action.”

The Medical Council of Canada strives to achieve the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians. It assesses over 11,000 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