Medical Council of Canada

MCCQE Part II

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

What is the MCCQE Part II?

The MCCQE Part II assesses the candidate’s core abilities to apply medical knowledge, demonstrate clinical skills, develop investigational and therapeutic clinical plans, as well as demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes at a level expected of a physician in independent practice in Canada. Candidates must have successfully completed the MCCQE Part I and be completing their postgraduate medical education (currently there is a requirement for one year of postgraduate education).

The MCCQE Part I and II form two components of the Licentiate of the MCC (LMCC), which, in turn, is one of the prerequisites for licensure and entry into independent practice in Canada.

The MCCQE Part II is a two-day examination that consists of a series of clinical stations including pilot stations that do not count towards your total score. At each station, a brief written statement introduces a clinical problem and directs you 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
  • Surgery

as well as in similar disciplines considered essential for competence in general medicine and health care.

You can take the MCCQE Part II in either English or French at a centre that offers the exam in that language.

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How do I take the MCCQE Part II?

Applying to the MCCQE Part II is different than applying for other MCC exams. Because capacity is limited for each session, the process explained below will help us to provide access to as many candidates as possible. If you are interested in taking the MCCQE Part II, the following STEPS are required:

1. You must add your name to the pre-application list – The pre-application period is now open and will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

If you are meet the eligibility requirements, you must add your name to the pre-application list through your physiciansapply.ca account at any time during the pre-application period, between Oct. 26 and Nov. 27, 2017.

If you are taking the fall 2017 MCCQE Part I or MCCQE Part II, you will have an opportunity to add your name to the pre-application list, if eligible, after you receive your fall exam results in December 2017. We will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account with more details about this process after you receive your exam results.

Note: Adding your name to the pre-application list does not represent a completed application.

2. Wait to receive an invitation to apply; invitations will be sent starting Nov. 30, 2017 for PGY-2+ candidates and at the end of Jan. 2018 for PGY-1 candidates.

We will randomly select candidates from the pre-application list.

Starting on Nov. 30, 2017, we will proceed with a random selection of candidates in their second year of residency and above (PGY-2+) from the pre-application list. Selected candidates will receive an invitation to apply to the exam.

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 2018.

This pre-application process enhances access and fairness while still addressing limited capacity.

Please monitor your physiciansapply.ca account on a regular basis for further updates. If you do not receive an invitation to apply for the spring 2018 session, you will need to wait to pre-apply to a future session.

While capacity for each session is limited, if a candidate is required to take the exam no later than a given session for licensure purposes or other reason related to progressing through their career, we will ensure that they are provided a spot in the exam no later than that session, provided that they add their name to the pre-application list during the pre-application period indicated above.

3. Complete and pay for your application to the exam if you receive our invitation to apply

If you are selected to apply, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account inviting you to apply before a specified deadline. After receiving this message, please complete and pay for your exam application through your physiciansapply.ca account. Your application is only complete once you have paid the exam fees and received a transaction confirmation message.

For an overview of the pre-application process, please see the infographic.

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Examination at a glance

Below is additional information on the upcoming MCCQE Part II session.

Spring 2018 MCCQE Part II
Dates: May 5 and 6
Examination centres* Application information Results
Alta.:
Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)

Application is now open.

Fee: $2,520

The pre-application period for eligible candidates to add their name to a list will remain open until 11:59 p.m., ET on Nov. 27, 2017.

Fall 2017 exam candidates will have a separate period to add their name to a pre-application list following Dec. result releases.

Spring session:

Results for the spring session will be available by the end of June.

Fall session:

Results for the fall session will be available by the end of December.

B.C.:
Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)
Man.:
Winnipeg (E)
N.L.:
St. John’s (E)
N.S.:
Halifax (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)
Sask.:
Saskatoon (E)

*The centres are subject to change.

The MCCQE Part II centres are not bilingual; each centre is designated as either English (E) or French (F). For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page.

Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates

Please find below additional information on the proposed future MCCQE Part II dates.

Sessions Exam dates Expected application opening timeframe
Fall 2018 October 27 and 28 Spring 2018

Will the MCCQE Part II change?

As of 2018 and 2019, we will be making changes to our examination program, impacting all examinations including the MCCQE Part II. For more information on these changes, please visit mccevolution.ca.