Medical Council of Canada

Preparation resources

Preparation resources

The following resources will help you prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.

Orientation presentation

The MCC has prepared an orientation presentation for the fall 2017 MCCQE Part II with instructions and details of the exam logistics.

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

When creating MCCQE Part II cases, writers and committee members are guided by the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination, a document that outlines what candidates must know for any MCC examination. For this reason, the Objectives may be useful in your MCCQE Part II preparation. We recommend you go through each clinical presentation and carefully read the related objectives. If you feel your knowledge or skill on any given objective is weak, this could indicate that you need further study in that area.

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. By working from common or critical presenting problems from different disciplines, you will align your studying with the format of the examination. For each patient presentation, identify key diagnoses as well as the critical information needed for diagnosis (and to rule out the differential diagnoses) and for treatment. List the different parts of the physical examination, consider what investigations might be needed, and summarize key aspects of initial management of each problem.

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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 MCC 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.

Reference materials

We have compiled a list of reference books and online reference materials that may be helpful in preparing for the examination.

We encourage you to also review the common mistakes made on objective structured clinical examination stations for more information on the types of errors made on the exam.

To find out more about the examination, please visit Preparing for the OSCE station format.