Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II
The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II is a two-day clinical exam that assesses competence, knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for entry into independent clinical practice.
Postponement of MCCQE Part II – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in Canada and abroad, the delivery of the postponed May 2 and 3, 2020 Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II session will not be offered before fall 2020.
By postponing, we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.
The MCC is actively working to make the changes necessary for the MCCQE Part II and we anticipate having more details available to candidates by mid-July. Please check mcc.ca and physiciansapply.ca websites for further updates.
MCCQE Part II
You must take and pass the MCCQE Part II to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Canadian medical regulatory authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical licence within their province or territory.
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What is the MCCQE Part II?
The MCCQE Part II assesses the candidate’s core abilities to apply medical knowledge, demonstrate clinical skills, develop investigational and therapeutic clinical plans, as well as demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes at a level expected of a physician in independent practice in Canada. Candidates must have successfully completed the MCCQE Part I and be completing their postgraduate medical education (currently there is a requirement for one year of postgraduate education).
The MCCQE Part I and MCCQE Part II form two components of the LMCC, which, in turn, is one of the prerequisites for licensure and entry into independent practice in Canada.
The MCCQE Part II is a two-day examination that consists of a series of clinical stations including pilot stations that do not count towards your total score.
The exam, based on the Blueprint, assesses your performance across two broad categories:
- Dimensions of care, covering the spectrum of medical care
- Physician activities, reflecting a physician’s scope of practice and behaviours
Each category has four domains, and each is assigned a specific content weighting on the exam:
You can take the MCCQE Part II in either English or French at a centre that offers the exam in that language.
Visit our Preparation resources page for resources to help you prepare for the MCCQE Part II.
How do I take the MCCQE Part II?
Applying to the MCCQE Part II is different than applying for other exams of the Medical Council of Canada. Because capacity is limited for each session, the process explained below will help us to provide access to as many candidates as possible. If you are interested in taking the MCCQE Part II, the following STEPS are required:
For an overview of the pre-application
process, consult our INFOGRAPHIC.
STEP 1: You must add your name to the pre-application list. The pre-application period will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) on November 11, 2019.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you must add your name to the pre-application list through your physiciansapply.ca account at any time during the pre-application period between October 7 and November 11, 2019.
Please note the following exceptions for the May 2020 MCCQE Part II:
- If you took the August/September 2019 MCCQE Part I, you will have an opportunity to add your name to the pre-application list, if eligible, after you receive your results in October 2019. We will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account with more details about this process after you receive your exam results.
- If you are taking the October/November 2019 MCCQE Part I or the October 2019 MCCQE Part II, you will have an opportunity to add your name to the pre-application list, if eligible, after you receive your results in December 2019. We will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account with more details about this process after you receive your exam results.
Note: Adding your name to the pre-application list does not represent a completed application.
STEP 2: Wait to receive an invitation to apply; invitations will be sent starting November 14, 2019.
Starting on November 14, 2019, we will proceed with a random selection of candidates in their second year of residency and above (PGY-2+) from the pre-application list. Selected candidates will receive an invitation to apply to the exam.
Additional invitations to apply will be sent in December and January based on remaining available spaces, including to candidates in their first year of residency (PGY-1). Please monitor your physiciansapply.ca account on a regular basis for further updates. If you do not receive an invitation to apply for the May 2020 session by the end of January 2020, you will need to wait to pre-apply to a future session.
While capacity for each session is limited, if a candidate is required to take the exam no later than a given session for licensure purposes or other reason related to progressing through their career, we will ensure that they are provided a spot in the exam no later than that session, provided that they add their name to the pre-application list during the pre-application period indicated above.
STEP 3: Complete and pay for your application to the exam if you receive an invitation to apply.
If you are selected to apply, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account inviting you to apply before a specified deadline. After receiving this message, please complete and pay for your exam application through your physiciansapply.ca account. Your application is only complete once you have paid the exam fees and received a transaction confirmation message. If you do not apply by the deadline specified in the message, your space will be offered to another candidate.
For an overview of the pre-application process, see the infographic.
Examination at a glance
Below is additional information on the upcoming MCCQE Part II session.
|May 2020 MCCQE Part II
Dates: May 2 and 3
|Examination centres*||Application information||Results|
Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)
Pre-application is now closed.
The pre-application period for eligible candidates will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on November 11, 2019.
Candidates who are waiting to receive their October/November 2019 MCCQE Part I or their October 2019 MCCQE Part II results will have a separate period to add their name to a pre-application list following result releases.
Results for the May session will be available by the end of June.
Results for the October session will be available in December.
Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)
St. John’s (E)
Hamilton (E), Kingston (E), London (E), Ottawa (E), Sudbury (E), Toronto (E)
Montreal I (E), Montreal II (F), Quebec (F), Sherbrooke (F)
*The centres are subject to change.
The MCCQE Part II centres are not bilingual; each centre is designated as either English (E) or French (F). For information regarding centre assignment, visit the Centre selection page.
Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates
|Sessions||Exam dates||Expected application opening timeframe|
|October 2020||Oct. 24 and 25||Spring 2020|