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, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), 5th ed., 2013.
  • Andreasen, Nancy C., Black, Donald, W., Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, 6th ed., American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 2014.
  • Behrman, K., et al (eds.), Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 20th ed., Elsevier, 2016.
  • Benjamin, I., et al. (eds.), Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine, 9th ed., W.B. Saunders, 2015.
  • Decherney AH, Nathan L, Goodwin TM, Laufer N: Current Diagnosis & Treatment, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 11th ed., McGraw Hill, 2012.
  • Hacker, N.F., Gambone, J.C., Moore, J.G. Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6th ed., Elsevier, 2016.
  • Kasper, D., et al (eds.), Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2015.
  • Lawrence, P.F., Essentials of General Surgery, 5th ed., Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
  • Rudolph, A.M., et al. (eds.), Rudolph’s Pediatrics, 22nd ed., McGraw-Hill, 2011.
  • Schwartz, S.I., et al. (eds.), Principles of Surgery, 10th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2014.
  • Eley, J., et al. (eds.), Medical Epidemiology: Population Health and Effective Health Care, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill Medical, 2015.
  • Heymann, D.L., Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th ed., Washington, D.C., The American Public Health Association, 2014.
  • LaDou, J. (ed.), Current Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2014.
  • Levy, B.S., et al, Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury, 6th ed., Oxford University Press, Feb. 8, 2011.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Immunization Guide, 2015. Retrieved from:
  • Shah, C.P., Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, 5th ed., W.B. Saunders Canada, 2003.

Shah, C.P., Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, 5th ed., University of Toronto Press, 2003.


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