The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I is a summative examination that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing their medical degree in Canada.
Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I typically enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the national standard for medical schools across Canada and, therefore, is administered at the end of medical school.
You must take and pass the MCCQE Part I and meet the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) eligibility criteria. Canadian medical regulatory authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical licence within their province or territory.
The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based exam that is delivered in Canada and over 80 countries. The exam is offered during four sessions a year. Candidates have the option to take their exam at an available Prometric test centre or through remote proctoring on a first-come, first-served basis.
Candidates are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 multiple-choice questions and up to three and a half hours in the afternoon session for the clinical decision-making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.
The examination is based on the MCC Examination Objectives, which are organized under the CanMEDS roles.
The exam is based on a blueprint that assesses your performance across two broad categories:
Each category has four domains, and each is assigned a specific content weighting on the exam: