Medical Council of Canada

International delivery of the MCCQE Part I and phasing out of the MCCEE

International delivery of the MCCQE Part I and phasing out of the MCCEE

November 1, 2017

The last MCCEE session will take place November 2018

The Medical Council of Canada is pleased to announce a more streamlined assessment process for international medical graduates and international medical students.

Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries, up to five times per year.

The MCCQE Part I is currently offered twice per year in Canada only. Internationally trained candidates must first pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) before being eligible to apply for the MCCQE Part I.

Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, all candidates will be challenging this examination directly, without first having to pass the MCCEE.

As a result of this change, we will be phasing out the MCCEE. November 2018 will be the last session. Candidates will have until mid-November 2018 to take the MCCEE.

We anticipate the following examination schedule in 2018, 2019 and 2020:

Examination Year Sessions*
MCCEE 2018 January, March, May, September, November
2019 None
2020 None
MCCQE Part I 2018 Spring and fall
2019 April/May, July, Sept./Oct., Nov.
2020 Jan., April/May, July, Sept./Oct., Nov.

*Sessions are subject to change.

We are actively working with Postgraduate Medical Education Deans and residency program directors across the country to update the exam requirements for the 2020 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) R-1 Main Residency Match. Candidates should contact CaRMS directly regarding the participation requirements for the R-1 Match.

Candidates interested in applying to the MCCQE Part I in 2019 are encouraged to sign up to our distribution list to receive the application notification, which will be sent in fall 2018. Please visit this page, and use the button at the top of the page to subscribe.

We will be updating mcc.ca in the coming months with more information on the 2019 international delivery of the MCCQE Part I. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about key developments related to MCC examination modifications, as well as new preparatory resources that we will be making available for candidates challenging the new MCCQE Part I, we invite you to subscribe to our Assessment Evolution e-bulletin.