Medical Council of Canada

Preparation resources

Preparation resources

The following resources will help you prepare for the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination.

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. It is mandatory to review the online orientation before exam day. A link to the orientation will be included as part of your entrance package that will be sent to you through your account at the end of August 2020.

MCC reference page

We encourage you to review the common mistakes made on objective structured clinical examination stations for more information on the types of errors made on the exam.

Reference book

Prior to the examination, if you are unfamiliar with disease management practices in North America, you may wish to consult the latest edition of Therapeutic Choices edited by Jean Gray, published by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, as a source of general information.

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

When creating NAC Examination cases, writers and committee members are guided by the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination, a document that outlines what candidates must know for any MCC examination. For this reason, the Objectives may be useful in your NAC Examination 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.

Transition to DSM-5

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The MCC has worked with its test committees to review the classification changes in DSM-5 and update the language in its exam content from the previous edition, DSM-IV-TR.

On the NAC Examination, candidates answering questions asked by the physician examiner must only use DSM-5 language as DSM-IV-TR language is no longer accepted.

Online reference materials

The following online reference materials may be of use for your exam preparation:

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

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