Medical Council of Canada

Becoming a physician examiner

Becoming a physician examiner

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE), Part II consists of a series of clinical stations. At each station, a brief written statement introduces a clinical problem and directs the candidate to appropriately examine a standardized (simulated) patient (SP). In most stations, a physician examiner (PE) is present to observe and assess the patient-physician interaction.

Eligibility requirements to become a PE

Physicians must have their Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) and at least two years of experience in independent practice in Canada.

How it works

The MCCQE Part II exam is offered twice per year in multiple cities across Canada. It takes place over two days (Saturday and Sunday), in early May and at the end of October.

PEs are guided throughout the examination process:

  • a 30-minute online training program (to be completed prior to the day of the exam);
  • an orientation session on exam day to meet physician colleagues and further prepare for the day.

Benefits of becoming a PE

  • Provide a valuable service to medical education and assessment in Canada
  • Earn CPD credits and an honorarium (including a certificate indicating the educational activities accomplished throughout the examination process)
  • Meet and interact with fellow physicians
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment from this learning opportunity
  • Have an opportunity to provide feedback on exam content

Apply to be a PE

Please email physicianexaminer@mcc.ca and indicate your city of residence and your preferred exam session (May or October) if you would like to become a physician examiner!