Certification Examination in Family Medicine

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) are collaborating on an expanded format for the Certification Examination in family medicine.

Family medicine candidates who are eligible to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II in fall 2012 or later are encouraged to forgo the MCCQE Part II and instead take the new exam. It is advantageous for these candidates to defer sitting the MCCQE Part II in favour of the new CCFP exam given the efficiencies in cost and effort.

Format and timing

As in the past, the new Certification exam will be offered each year in the spring and fall. The exam will take place over a period of three days and will feature the following format:

  • Written component: computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs) – six hours in length (Thursday or Friday)
  • Expanded clinical skills component:
    • Eight 10-minute objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) stations (Saturday)
    • Four 15-minute simulated office oral exams (SOOs) (Sunday)

Examination at a glance

Please note: Candidates must register and apply for the exam through the CFPC website: cfpc.ca

Date Fee Candidates Registration dates Examination centres*
Spring 2014
English French
May 1 to 4
(clinical skills component
on both May 3 and 4)
$4,750 Practice-eligible candidates closed
(July 1 to Oct. 1, 2013)
Vancouver
Victoria
Calgary
Edmonton
Saskatoon
Winnipeg
London
Hamilton
Toronto
Kingston
Ottawa
Montreal
Halifax

Montreal
Sherbrooke
Quebec

Family medicine residents Dec. 1, 2013 to
Feb. 1, 2014
Fall 2014 Fee Candidates Registration dates English French
Oct. 23 to 26
(clinical skills component
on both Oct. 25 and 26)
$4,750 Practice-eligible candidates Jan. 1 to
April 1, 2014
To be determined To be determined
Family medicine residents May 1 to
June 30, 2014

* Centres are subject to change

Key elements contributing to the exam fee:

  • Offer the exam as geographically close to the candidate as possible
  • Develop new content on a regular basis to reflect the changing health-care needs of Canadians
  • Include and keep up-to-date with technological advances in the administration of the exam
  • Cover costs associated with delivering the exam across Canada and with recruiting physician examiners and other exam centre staff

Questions?

Please send your inquiries to service@mcc.ca

Related links
CFPC website