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.
As a result of the new exam structure for family medicine starting in 2016, MCC is seeing increased candidate demand for the MCCQE Part II across sessions. Capacity limits were in place for the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II. Candidates who attempted to apply for the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II after capacity limits had been reached were able to select to be added to a preregistration list for the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II.
Candidates on the pre-registration list will be able to apply during the pre-registration period in November 2015. General registration, which will open after the pre-registration period has closed, will be available to all physicians who have completed their training or who are in their PGY-2 year or above. MCC expects to have enough capacity during the pre-registration and general registration periods for all eligible PGY-2+ candidates (including physicians who have completed their training).
New this year – the MCC has changed the eligibility criteria for the MCCQE Part II . PGY-1 candidates completing their first year of residency by June 30, 2016, will be able to apply to the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II. The registration period for PGY-1 candidates will open in January 2016, and capacity will be very limited.
Application for the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II
MCC will provide three application periods for the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II:
- The pre-registration period – opening the week of Nov. 16, 2015
- This registration period is available only for those candidates who are on the pre-registration list
- These candidates attempted to apply for fall 2015 after the exam capacity was reached and could not complete the application process at that time, and selected to place their name on the pre-registration list
- General application will open during the week of Nov. 23, 2015
- PGY-1 registration – expected to open the week of Jan. 4, 2016
Examination at a glance
|Dates||Fee||Application information||Examination centres*||Results|
Application is now closed.
Main application deadline:
June 10, 2015
Second application deadline:
July 8, 2015
Final application deadline:
July 23, 2015
|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.
24 and 25
After June 10, 2015:
After July 8, 2015:
|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|
|Spring 2016||April 30 and May 1 (confirmed)||November 2015 and January 2016|
|Fall 2016||Oct. 29 and 30 (proposed)||May 2016|
Notice for spring 2016 MCCQE Part II – General registration
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