MCC update on COVID-19
(Updated July 8, 3:40 p.m., ET)
Update on COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in Canada and abroad, we continue to ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.
Starting June 2020, we are pleased to inform you that the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I will be delivered by Prometric via remote proctoring and will also resume at available Prometric test centres. Recommended physical distancing and other personal protective measures will be in place, as per the guidelines set by local public health authorities.
To meet the capacity demand, please note that the MCCQE Part I will be offered over an extended exam period, from June 1 to September 20, 2020. Also, please note that the next session of the exam is scheduled from October 26 to November 8, 2020.
As the impacts of the pandemic continue to be felt, the delivery of the postponed May 2-3, 2020 MCCQE Part II session will not be offered before fall 2020.
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is committed to collaborating with the Public Health Agency of Canada to ensure best practices are followed to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our candidates, examiners, staff and all people in Canada.
By postponing the MCCQE Part I scheduled for April 15 to May 15, 2020 and the MCCQE Part II scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020 we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following directives for physical distancing to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.
We recognize that individuals globally are in the position of having to cancel or reschedule travel arrangements. Many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions limiting movement until further notice.
We suggest that you contact your airline service and/or insurance company directly about your travel plans to avoid penalties. As the situation continues to evolve, some measures might already be in place to offer refunds or future credits.
We encourage you to contact the Medical Regulatory Authority (MRA) in the province or territory in which you are practicing or intend to practice, as you may be eligible for a provisional license.
Please submit all your documents electronically by email at email@example.com or by fax (1-613-248-5234). During the closure, we will accept electronic copies of certified identity documents and Certified Identity Confirmation forms as per the instructions on the Best practices for scanning picture documents page. The original certified copies are still required; therefore, please send original certified paper copies by courier or mail. Courier services are accepted Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
At the moment we expect the exam to proceed as scheduled.
FAQs for the MCCQE Part I
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FAQs for the MCCQE Part II
At this time, we don’t anticipate that the May 2 and 3, 2020 MCCQE Part II candidates will be required to submit a new application for the new session once it is announced.
Should submission of a new application be required due to system requirements, candidates who were registered for the May 2 and 3, 2020 sessions of the MCCQE Part II would have priority access to the new session and would not need to pay additional fees.
We recommend that you leave your current application in an active state until a new exam schedule is announced.
Once the schedule is announced, if you are unable to take the exam on the newly scheduled dates, you will be able to contact us to withdraw your application, without penalty.
The MCC will not be offering the postponed Spring MCCQE Part II session before fall 2020. We encourage you to contact the Medical Regulatory Authority (MRA) in the province or territory in which you are practising or intend to practise, as you may be eligible for a provisional licence.
If you applied for the May 2 and 3, 2020 MCCQE Part II, updates will be provided via your physiciansapply.ca account. Please monitor your account regularly for updates.
For other MCCQE Part II examination sessions, please keep monitoring our website for updates.
Yes, candidates who had registered and been accepted for the May 2 and 3, 2020 MCCQE Part II, which has now been postponed, will be guaranteed a spot in the exam once the May 2 and 3, 2020 session is rescheduled.
Until the new exam schedule is announced, we are unable to provide information regarding the exam centres that will be available and candidates’ centre assignments.
Yes, you may withdraw from the exam. Should you wish to proceed with withdrawing due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will be eligible for a refund.
Please note, the MCC is actively working to make the changes necessary for the delivery of the MCCQE Part II and we anticipate having more details available to candidates by mid-July. We recommend that you wait for this announcement before making a decision to withdraw from the exam; should you decide to withdraw following this announcement you will still be eligible for a refund.
If you proceed with a withdrawal at any point, you will need to go through the pre-application, random selection and application processes again once you are ready to take the exam.
As well, you may not be able to access the same exam session that the other candidates in your current MCCQE Part II cohort will have access to once the postponed May 2 and 3 session is rescheduled. Please also note that you would have to pay the exam fee that is in effect at the time of your new application.