The following resources will help you prepare for the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination.
Pre-Exam Orientation and Presentation
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) has prepared an orientation presentation with instructions and details of the exam logistics. Please review this presentation before exam day:
MCC reference documents
We encourage you to review the common mistakes made on objective structured clinical examination stations for more information on the types of errors made on the exam.
Objectives for the Qualifying Examination
When creating NAC Examination cases, 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 NAC Examination 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.
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 NAC Examination, candidates answering questions asked by the physician examiner can use either DSM-5 or DSM-IV-TR language where appropriate. However, 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.
Prior to the examination, if you are unfamiliar with disease management practices in North America, you may wish to consult Therapeutic Choices edited by Jean Gray, published by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, as a source of general information.
Online reference material
The following online reference materials may be of use for your exam preparation:
- The Communication and Cultural Competence Orientation program on physiciansapply.ca
- The Canadian Medical Protective Association eLearning program
- The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s Primer on Population Health