Sept. 29, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
Sept. 29, 2015

MCC looks to the future of assessment to meet the needs of Canada’s medical community

Ottawa – The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) approved changes to the eligibility requirements for the MCC Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II, approved fees, and discussed flexible and programmatic assessment approaches at its Annual Meeting from Sept. 27 to 29, 2015.

Council changed to the eligibility requirements for the MCCQE Part II. Previously, candidates needed to complete 12 months of residency before taking this exam. Now, candidates will be able to challenge it in May of their first year of residency, if they complete their PGY-1 by June 30. Limited capacity will restrict the number of spots available for PGY-1 candidates in spring 2016, although this number will increase in future sessions.

“As a postgraduate dean, I strongly support the changes to the eligibility requirements,” said Dr. Chris Watling, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. “While the first year of most residency programs tends to be general in scope, subsequent years tend to be highly specialty-focused. The opportunity for residents to challenge the MCCQE Part II toward the end of their first year of training, rather than waiting until their second year, is educationally appropriate. ”

Additionally, Council confirmed the 2016 exam fees:

  • MCCQE Part I – $1,005
  • MCCQE Part II – $2,409
  • MCCEE – $1,737

Council and stakeholders discussed a more frequent, flexible, and international delivery of the MCCQE Part I. This exam, currently held in Canada, will be offered internationally as of 2019.

Renowned international expert, Dr. Cees van der Vleuten was invited to collaborate on the development of programmatic assessment approach for the MCC. Together with Drs. Claire Touchie and André De Champlain, he addressed Council and guests during the meeting’s educational session.

“We look forward to implementing over-time assessment models and broadening the information sources we use to make a decision about a candidate’s competency,” said Dr. Ian Bowmer, Executive Director of the MCC.

The MCC 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 each year through its examinations. It offers exams 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:

Jesssica Hertzog-Grenier
Director, Communications
Medical Council of Canada
613-521-6012, ext. 2277
jhertzog@mcc.ca