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CaRMS and MCC exams

Timing for international medical graduates taking MCC exams and applying to CaRMs R-1 Main Residency Match.

CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match

International medical graduates (IMGs) who want to apply for the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) R-1 Main Residency Match will need to provide results for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination. You can choose to take the NAC Examination and the MCCQE Part I in the order that you prefer.

Students graduating in Spring 2024

International medical students graduating in spring 2024 who want to apply for the 2024 CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match will need take the MCCQE Part I and NAC Examination during certain sessions. File review for the 2024 R-1 first iteration match typically begins in early December 2023. By taking the exams in the sessions outlined below, you will have enough time to receive your results from both exams and apply for the deadline.


You will be able to apply for the MCCQE Part I 15 months from the date you are expected to fully complete all medical degree requirements (your graduation date). Apply to take the MCCQE Part I during either the:

April 2023 session
August 2023 session

NAC Examination

Apply by the respective application deadlines to take the NAC Examination during either the:

May 2023 session
September 2023 session

Timeline for the 2024 CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match



Candidate applies to the MCCQE Part I or NAC Examination


April or August

Candidate takes the MCCQE Part I in either the April or August session. 


May or September 2023

Candidate takes the NAC Examination in either the May or September session. 



CaRMS application typically opens in early December. MCC shares MCCQE Part I and NAC Examination results with CaRMS until spring.



Student candidates graduate in time for the CaRMS 2024 R-1 Residency Match.

Applying for postgraduate medical training in Quebec

If you are an IMG and want to apply to a postgraduate medical training program in Québec, you must have received prior recognition of equivalence of your Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the Collège des médecins du Québec. In addition, to be eligible into the regular quota, the Québec government requires that you respect the definition of resident in Québec of the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.