The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II assesses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for medical licensure in Canada prior to entry into independent clinical practice.
This examination consists of a series of clinical stations including pilot stations that do not count towards a candidate’s total score. At each station, a brief written statement introduces a clinical problem and directs the candidate to appropriately examine a standardized (simulated) patient as well as perform activities such as:
- obtaining a focused history
- conducting a focused physical examination
- assessing and addressing the patient’s issues
- answering specific questions related to the patient
- interpreting x-rays or the results of other investigations
- making a diagnosis
- writing admission orders
This examination includes problems in Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Psychiatry and Surgery, as well as in similar disciplines considered essential for competence in general medicine and health care.
Application to the spring 2017 MCCQE Part II
If you are eligible and interested in taking the spring 2017 MCCQE Part II, you can add your name to a pre-application list through your physiciansapply.ca account between Oct. 26 and Nov. 23, 2016. If you are taking the fall 2016 MCCQE Part I or MCCQE Part II, there will be a separate pre-application period from Dec. 14, 2016 to Jan. 4, 2017.
At the beginning of December 2016, we will proceed with a random selection of candidates in their second year of residency and above (PGY-2+) from the pre-application list. After being selected, you will receive an invitation to apply to the exam. We anticipate having enough capacity for all PGY-2+ candidates seeking to apply to the spring 2017 MCCQE Part II.
If you are in your first year of residency (PGY-1), you can add your name to the pre-application list during the main pre-application period. We will be randomly selecting PGY-1 candidates from the pre-application list after capacity has been allocated to all other candidate groups. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation to apply in late January 2017.
This pre-application process enhances access and fairness while still addressing limited capacity.
Main pre-application period – approximately Oct. 26 to Nov. 23, 2016
- PGY-1 and PGY-2+ candidates can add their name to the pre-application list at any time with the exception of:
- Candidates who will complete 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training after June 30, 2017. See Application and eligibility for more information.
- Candidates who are taking the fall 2016 MCCQE Part I or MCCQE Part II (see below)
Main application period – approximately Dec. 1 to Dec. 16, 2016
- We will be randomly selecting PGY-2+ candidates from the pre-application list and inviting them to apply throughout this period
Pre-application for candidates awaiting fall 2016 results – approximately Dec. 14, 2016 to Jan. 4, 2017
- We will launch a separate pre-application process following the issuing of fall 2016 exam results
PGY-1 random selection and application period – late January 2017
- We will be randomly selecting PGY-1 candidates from the pre-application list and inviting them to apply throughout this period
Examination at a glance
|Dates||Fee||Application information||Examination centres*||Results|
|Spring 2017||$2,470||Pre-application period for eligible PGY-1 and PGY-2+ candidates:
Oct. 26 to Nov. 23, 2016Main application period:
Approx. Dec. 1 to 16, 2016
Fall 2016 exam candidates will have a separate pre-application process following December result releases:
|Alta.||Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)||Spring session:
Results for the spring session will be available by the end of June.
Results for the fall session will be available by the end of December.
|B.C.||Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)|
|N.L.||St. John’s (E)|
|Ont.||Hamilton (E), Kingston (E), London (E), Ottawa (E), Sudbury (E), Toronto (E)|
|Que.||Montreal I (E), Montreal II (F), Quebec (F), Sherbrooke (F)|
*The centres are subject to change.
- For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page
- The MCCQE Part II centres are not bilingual; each centre is designated as either English (E) or French (F)
- Candidates will be scheduled for two short sessions over the two days of the weekend
|Session||Exam dates||Expected application opening timeframe|
|Fall 2017||Oct. 28 and 29||Spring 2017|
Notice for fall 2017 MCCQE Part II
To receive a notice when pre-application opens for the fall 2017 MCCQE Part II, please submit your email address below. The MCC will send this notification to your email address and not through your physiciansapply.ca account. The MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.
As of 2018, there will be changes to the MCC’s examination program, impacting all examinations. For more information on these changes, please visit mccevolution.ca.