Medical Council of Canada

List of suggested reference materials

List of suggested reference materials

Subject matter for examination questions is guided by the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination, published by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). 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.



  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Black, D. W., & Andreasen, N. C. (2020). Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
  • Kliegman, R. M., St Geme III, J. W., Blum, N. J., Shah, S. S., Tasker, R. C., Wilson, K. M., & Behrman, R. E. (2019). Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics (21st ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  • Benjamin, I. J., Griggs, R. C., & Wing, E. J. (2016). Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders.
  • Decherney, A. H., Nathan, L., Laufer, N., & Roman, A. S. (2019). Current Diagnosis & Treatment, Obstetrics & Gynecology (12th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Hacker, N. F., Gambone, J. C., & Hobel, C. J. (2016). Hacker and Moore’s essentials of obstetrics & gynecology (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  • Kasper, D. L., Fauci, A. S., Hauser, S. L, Longo, D. L., Jameson, J. L, & Loscalzo, J. (2018). Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (20th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Lawrence, P.F., Smeds, M., & O’Connell, J. B. (2019). Essentials of general surgery and surgical specialties (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Kline, M.W., Blaney, S. M., Giardino, A. P., Orange, J. S., Penny, D. J., Schutze, G. E., & Shekerdemian, L. S. (2018). Rudolph’s pediatrics (23rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Brunicardi, F. C., Andersen, D. K., Billiar, T. R., Dunn, D. L., Hunter, J. G., Kao, L. S., Matthews, J. B., & Pollock, R. E. (2019). Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Tintinalli, J. E., Ma, O. J., Yealy, D., Meckler, G. D., Stapczynski, J. S., Cline, D. M., & Thomas, S. H. (2019). Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Bickley, L. S., Szilagyi, P. G., Hoffman, R. M., & Bates, B. (2016). Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Bruneau, J., Ahamad, K., Goyer, M. È., Poulin, G., Selby, P., Fischer, B., Wild, T. C., Wood, E., & CIHR Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (2018). Management of opioid use disorders: a national clinical practice guideline. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l’Association medicale canadienne190(9), E247–E257.




The following online reference materials may also be of use to candidates preparing for MCC examinations: