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.

If you took the spring 2018 MCCQE Part II, please click here.
The information below applies to the fall 2018 MCCQE Part II session and future sessions.

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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Reference materials

We have prepared three sample stations. These examples include the candidate’s instructions, the examiner’s checklist, and the non-encounter component questions.

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, please visit Preparing for the OSCE station format.