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MCC’s update on its transition to DSM-5

November 14, 2016

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Over the last three years, the Medical Council of Canada 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. As part of the progressive phase-out of the DSM-IV-TR language, here is an overview on how the transition will impact MCC’s examinations moving forward:

Computer-based examinations – Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I

Currently, any MCCEE or MCCQE Part I question or item featuring DSM-5 terminology is followed by the DSM-IV-TR language in brackets. As of 2017, any questions that use the DSM-5 wording on the MCCEE and MCCQE Part I will no longer include equivalent language from the DSM-IV-TR. Candidates will be required to answer with DSM-5 terminology as of 2017 in order to receive full marks.

Clinical skills examinations – National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination and MCCQE Part II

On the NAC examination and on the MCCQE Part II, candidates answering questions asked by the physician examiner, or providing written answers on the patient-encounter probe (MCCQE Part II), can use either DSM-5 or DSM-IV-TR language where appropriate. However, as of January 2018, only DSM-5 language must be used. The MCC will continue to regularly update its website on the transition progress to DSM-5 terminology.