Exemptions

Exemption from the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)

As a rule, the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) is required for any graduate of a medical school outside of Canada or the U.S., as well as any graduate of a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine.

In certain cases, however, you may request an exemption. A MCCEE exemption means you can apply directly to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I without first having to take the MCCEE.

To qualify for an MCCEE exemption, you must be:

  • A specialist certified by one of the following:
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
    • A member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

AND ALSO

  • An international medical graduate whose university or medical school is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Please see our latest news post regarding IMED and WDMS for more information.

OR

  • A U.S. osteopath who graduated from an AOA-accredited U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine

This specialty certification must be valid when you apply for your MCCEE exemption and when you apply for the MCCQE Part I.

How to request an MCCEE exemption?

To request an MCCEE exemption:

  1. Log into the portal at physiciansapply.ca. (You will need to create an account if you do not already have one.) Within the portal, follow the steps to submit a Source Verification Request (SVR). NOTE: If you have previously had your medical degree/diploma source verified, you do not have to use the portal and can go straight to the next steps.
  1. Once you have submitted your SVR request, complete and submit an exemption request, exemption agreement and credit card authorization form. (Click here to download all these documents in one bundle.)
  1. Submit a copy of your RCPSC, CFPC or ABMS certificate.

Please allow two to three weeks for the MCC to process your exemption request after we receive your documents. You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account after we have completed our review. See the Fees page for more information about the cost of requesting an MCCEE exemption.