Objectives overview

The MCC’s Objectives for the Qualifying Examination describes the attributes expected of medical graduates entering supervised and independent practice in Canada. This document is our guide when developing questions for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II. It can also be used by candidates preparing for MCC examinations, educators and medical assessment organizations around the world.

You can read the third edition of the Objectives for free in one of the following formats:

How the Objectives were developed

The Objectives are organized by physician role as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ CanMEDS (Canadian Medical Education Directives for Specialists) framework. This includes the roles of communicator, collaborator, health advocate, manager, scholar, professional and expert. The CanMEDS framework is used extensively in Canada and recognized worldwide.

Using the Objectives as a study guide

The Objectives are also organized by clinical presentation and diagnoses, with each including learning objectives that set out what is expected of a Canadian physician.  When preparing for the MCCEE or MCCQE, you should go through each role and clinical presentation/diagnosis and carefully read the related key and enabling objectives. If you feel your knowledge or skill for any given objective is weak, this could indicate that you need further study in that area.

Objectives Online

An online web service is available to allow external partners to search and retrieve Objectives content, including physician roles and clinical presentations/diagnoses. This allows universities and other institutions, for example, to incorporate references to the Objectives in their own automated systems. Read the technical documentation for more information.