Medical Council of Canada

Preparation resources

Preparation resources

The following resources will help you prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.

MCCQE Part II – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Our priority during the COVID-19 is to ensure the safety of our candidates and all involved in our exams. We have worked collaboratively with stakeholders to make the changes necessary for the delivery of the MCCQE Part II with physical distancing and other personal protective measures, as per the guidelines set by local public health authorities, put in place at the available examination centres.

For the October 2020 and February 2021 MCCQE Part II sessions, due to COVID-19 and physical distancing measures in place, where physical examination is indicated, candidates will not be performing physical examinations for this session but will be expected to describe to the Physician Examiner what manoeuvres they would perform and their findings.

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

When creating MCCQE Part II cases, writers and committee members are guided by the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination, a document that outlines what you must know for any MCC examination. For this reason, the Objectives may be useful in your MCCQE Part II preparation. We recommend you go through each clinical presentation and carefully read the related objectives. If you feel your knowledge or skill on any given objective is weak, this could indicate that you need further study in that area.

The MCCQE Part II is based on common or critical patient presentations and on interactions with colleagues, other health care professionals and family members related to the Objectives. Consider organizing your study similarly, rather than studying by disease or body system. By working from common or critical patient presentations from different disciplines, you will align your studying with the format of the examination. For each patient presentation, identify key diagnoses as well as the critical information needed for diagnosis (and to rule out the differential diagnoses) and for treatment. List the different parts of the physical examination, consider what investigations might be needed, and summarize key aspects of initial management of each problem.

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Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) orientation resources

The orientation outlines the purpose of an OSCE and the logistics behind this type of exam, gives an overview of how to demonstrate knowledge and skills in different stations as well as provides useful links and resources for preparation. Please review this orientation before exam day.

Reference materials

We have compiled a list of reference books and online reference materials that may be helpful in preparing for the examination.

We encourage you to also review the common mistakes made on Objective Structured Clinical Examination stations for more information on the types of errors made on the exam.

To find out more about the examination, visit Preparing for the OSCE station format.