Exam preparation resources

Clinical station examples
Candidate orientation presentation
Objectives for the Qualifying Examination
Transition to DSM-5
Reference materials
Common mistakes
Other important information for candidates

Clinical station examples

For more information on clinical stations, please visit the following page: mcc.ca/examinations/mccqe-part-ii/clinical-stations

Candidate orientation presentation

The spring 2017 interactive orientation presentation is now available!

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

The Medical Council of Canada uses the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination as the basis for the MCCQE Part I and II. The Objectives have been defined in behavioural terms, and reflect our expectations of competent physicians.

The assumption has been made that it is better to prevent than treat, and that rational treatment is possible only after a diagnosis has been established. The Objectives deal with data gathering, diagnostic clinical problem solving, and the principles of management, which are applicable, in part of or whole, to clinical situations faced by physicians.

The MCCQE Part II is based on common or critical patient presentations related to the Objectives. Consider organizing your study similarly, rather than studying by disease or body system. Working from common or critical presenting problems from different disciplines, by yourself or with others, will align your studying with the format of the examination. For each patient presentation, identify key diagnoses, the critical information needed for diagnosis (and to rule out the differential diagnoses) and to treat, list key aspects of the physical examination, and consider what investigations might be needed, as well as summarizing key aspects of initial management of each problem.

Transition to DSM-5

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The Medical Council of Canada has worked with its test committees to review the classification changes in DSM-5 and update the language in its exam content from the previous edition, DSM-IV-TR.

On the MCCQE Part II, candidates answering questions asked by the physician examiner, or providing written answers on the patient-encounter probe, can use either DSM-5 or DSM-IV-TR language where appropriate. As of January 2018, only DSM-5 language must be used.

For more information, please visit the MCC’s update on its transition to DSM-5.

Reference materials

The Medical Council of Canada has compiled a list of reference books and online reference materials that may be helpful to in preparing for the examination.

Common mistakes

Review a list of common mistakes candidates make when taking objective structured clinical examinations.

Other important information for candidates

To find out more about the examination, read about how to prepare for the OSCE station format.