Medical Council of Canada

MCC Examination Objectives overview

MCC Examination
Objectives overview

The MCC Examination Objectives describe the attributes expected of medical graduates entering residency in Canada. They are our guide when developing questions for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination. They may also be used by medical schools, educators, various medical organizations as well as candidates preparing for an exam.

The MCC Examination Objectives are the foundation for examination development. More information on each examination can be found at:

MCCQE Part I: MCCQE Part I overview

NAC Examination: NAC overview


How the MCC Examination Objectives were developed and organized

The MCC Examination Objectives are organized by physician role as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ CanMEDS (Canadian Medical Education Directives for Specialists) framework. This framework is used extensively in Canada and recognized worldwide. The role definitions have been modified to meet the expectations and purposes of the MCC examinations. They include the roles of communicator, collaborator, health advocate, leader/manager, scholar, professional and medical expert.

How to use the MCC Examination Objectives as a study guide

Under the medical expert role, the MCC Examination Objectives are further organized by:

  1. Clinical presentation/diagnosis
  2. Population health and its determinants
  3. Ethics, legal and organizational aspects of medicine

Each objective details what is expected of a Canadian physician. When preparing for MCC exams, it is important to go through each role and associated objectives and carefully read the related key and enabling objectives. If you feel your knowledge or skill for any objective is weak, this may indicate that you require further study in that area.

Updates to the MCC Examination Objectives

The objectives are revised or updated on a regular basis to ensure that they are current and accurate with medical and/or social advances.

March 2022
We made updates to the MCC Examination Objectives.

April 2021
We made recent updates to the MCC’s Objectives for the Qualifying Examinations.

May 2020
We made recent updates to the MCC’s Objectives for the Qualifying Examinations.

April 2019
We made changes to the MCC’s Objectives for the Qualifying Examinations.

April 2017
With the implementation of the new Blueprint for the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examinations, the following revisions were made to the MCC’s Objectives.

Integrating the MCC Examination Objectives into your automated system

(for universities and other institutions)

An online web service is available to allow external partners to search and retrieve MCC Examination Objectives content, including physician roles and clinical presentations/diagnoses. For example, this service gives universities and other institutions the ability to incorporate references to the objectives in their own automated systems. For more information, please read the technical documentation.