Becoming a physician examiner

The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination consists of a series of stations based on presentations of clinical scenarios. Each station includes a brief written statement which introduces a clinical problem and directs candidates to appropriately examine a standardized (simulated) patient (SP). In all stations, a physician examiner (PE) is present to observe and assess the patient-physician interaction.

Eligibility requirements to become a PE:
At minimum, physicians must be senior residents (PGY-4 +) at the time of the exam; must have their LMCC and be practising medicine in Canada with recent experience supervising clerks and/or PGY1s and/or experience as an examiner at this level of training.

How it works:
The NAC exam is offered twice/year in multiple cities across Canada. It is a 1-day exam, which runs in March and September on multiple weekends. PEs may choose to participate on one or more exam days throughout the year.

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.

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