Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

You must take and pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Canadian medical regulatory authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical licence within their province or territory.

You need to pass the MCCQE Part I before you can apply to the MCCQE Part II.

What is the MCCQE Part II?

The MCCQE Part II is a two-day examination that 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 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.

How do I take the MCCQE Part II?

You must add your name to a pre-application list during the designated pre-application period through your physiciansapply.ca account. See below for additional information.

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

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

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, 2016

Main application period: Approx. Dec. 1 to 16, 2016

Fall 2016 exam candidates will have a separate pre-application process following December result releases:
Approx. Dec. 14, 2016 to
Jan. 4, 2017

Alta. 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 6
and
May 7
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

Session Exam dates Expected application opening timeframe
Fall 2017 Oct. 28 and 29 Spring 2017

Can I be notified when application opens to a future session? 

If you would like to be notified for  pre-application to a future session, submit your email address below. Please ensure that you enter the correct address.

Once you submit your email address, you will receive a welcome email, which is your confirmation that you have been added to the distribution list.

We will send you the pre-application opening notification through  your email account, and not through your physiciansapply.ca account. Unfortunately, the MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.

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.