Medical Council of Canada

Exemption from the MCCEE

Exemptions

As a rule, the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) is required for any graduate of a medical school outside of Canada or the U.S., as well as any graduate of a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine.

In certain cases, however, you may request an exemption. A MCCEE exemption means you can apply directly to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I without first having to take the MCCEE.

Note: We are pleased to announce a more streamlined assessment process for international medical graduates and international medical students. Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the MCCQE Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries, up to five times per year. Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, we will be phasing out the MCCEE. November 2018 will be the last session. You will have until mid-November 2018 to take the MCCEE.

  • A specialist certified by one of the following:
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
    • A member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

AND ALSO

OR

  • A U.S. osteopath who graduated from an AOA-accredited U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine

This specialty certification must be valid when you apply for your MCCEE exemption and when you apply for the MCCQE Part I.

 

To qualify for an MCCEE exemption, you must be:
  1. Log into the portal at physiciansapply.ca. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. Within the portal, follow the steps to submit a Source Verification Request (SVR).
    NOTE: If you have previously had your medical degree/diploma source verified, you do not have to use the portal and can go straight to the next steps.
  2. Once you have submitted your SVR request, complete and submit an exemption request and exemption agreement form. (Click here to download all these documents in one bundle.)
  3. Submit a copy of your RCPSC, CFPC or ABMS* certificate.
  4. Upon reception of your request, we will apply a fee to your physiciansapply.ca account and notify you.
  5. Your request will be initiated once you login to your account and make your payment.

*ABMS certificate holders must submit an SVR for specialty certificates.

Please allow two to three weeks for the MCC to process your exemption request after we receive your payment. You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account after we have completed our review. See the Fees page for more information about the cost of requesting an MCCEE exemption.

To request an MCCEE exemption