Medical Council of Canada

Preparation Resources

Preparation Resources

See our Candidate Information Sheet for the TDM Examination.

Exam overview

On exam day, you will be presented with a tutorial that will include a walk through of the functionality platform, the buttons, and samples of exam questions. For an overview of this tutorial, please see Exam overview.


The MCC has compiled a list of reference books and online reference materials that may be helpful in preparing for the examination.

Below is a list of suggested reference materials to help you study for the TDM Examination. We strongly suggest that you review these resources to help you better prepare.

The MCC does not require candidates to purchase or use any particular reference. The following textbooks may be used by MCC test committees to validate examination questions.

Safety Competencies

ICD 11
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 11th edition, (World Health Organization, 2018)

Bugs and Drugs

Family medicine

McWhinney, Ian R., A Textbook of Family Medicine, 3rd edition, (Oxford University Press, 2009)
There is a revised version by Freeman, Thomas R., McWhinney’s Textbook of Family Medicine, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Rakel, Robert, Textbook of Family Medicine, 9th edition, (Saunders Elsevier, 2015)

Evans, M., Meuser, J. (eds), Mosby Family Practice Sourcebook; An Evidence-Based approach to care, 4th edition, (Elsevier Canada, 2006)


Goldman, L., Schafer, A., Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 25th edition (Elsevier Canada, 2015)
There is another version by Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine, 9th edition, (Elsevier Canada, 2015)

Public Health Agency of Canada

PHAC Canadian Immunization guide

College of Family Physician Priority Topics and Key Features (99 topics)

Choosing Wisely campaign

Clinical Practice Guidelines

List of suggested reference materials