The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II assesses the competence of candidates, specifically 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, or assessing and addressing the patient’s issues. Candidates may be asked to answer specific questions related to the patient, interpret X-rays or the results of other investigations, make a diagnosis and/or write 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.
Family medicine residents and College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) practice-eligible candidates are encouraged to take the new Certification Examination in Family Medicine instead of the MCCQE Part II. Candidates must apply to the Certification Examination in Family Medicine through the CFPC. For more information, please visit cfpc.ca.
As a result of the new exam structure for family medicine starting in 2016, MCC is expecting that candidate demand for the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II will be high. While the MCC continues to pursue several alternatives to increase capacity across the country, the number of spaces available to candidates will be limited. Consequently, candidates who are eligible are encouraged to take the exam in spring 2015 instead of the fall. Please keep in mind that CFPC candidates who are eligible to take the Certification Examination in Family Medicine in 2015 are encouraged to take this exam instead of the MCCQE Part II.
Examination at a glance
|Dates||Fee||Application information||Examination centres*||Results|
Main application deadline:
Final application deadline:
|Atla.||Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)||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.
|May 2 and 3||
Late applications after Jan. 13, 2015:
|Ont.||Hamilton (E), London (E), Ottawa (E), Toronto (E)|
|Que.||Montreal I (E), Montreal II (F), Quebec (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.
Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates
|Session||Proposed dates (to be confirmed)||Expected application opening timeframe|
|Fall 2015||Oct. 24 and 25||May 2015|
|Spring 2016||April 30 and May 1||November 2015|
|Fall 2016||Oct. 29 and 30||May 2016|
Application to future MCCQE Part II examination sessions
If you would like to be notified when registration to future examination sessions opens, submit your email address by clicking on the button below. Please note that the notification will not be sent through candidates’ physiciansapply.ca accounts – it will be sent to the email address that has been provided. This is an added service that the MCC is providing therefore it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the correct email address has been entered. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to monitor his or her email account. The MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach the candidate’s inbox.