Why is the MCC making changes to the examinations?

Canadians are living healthier and longer lives. And Canada now has the most diverse population of any country in the world. The delivery of care is adapting rapidly to keep pace with global changes, and MCC will continue to model its approach to excellence in physician evaluation based on best practices. 

Canadians are living healthier and longer lives. And Canada now has the most diverse population of any country in the world. The delivery of care is adapting rapidly to keep pace with global changes, and MCC will continue to model its approach to excellence in physician evaluation based on best practices. 

As the delivery of health care to Canadians evolves, the competencies of our nation’s medical professionals must reflect the reality of medical practice and the current health-care needs of Canadians.

Modifications to MCC exams are required to modernize and streamline the exam experience for candidates. These modifications are an extensive undertaking, and have involved in-depth consultations with stakeholders across the medical community, including medical professionals, medical educators and learners.

The following measures are being enacted to ensure that medicine continues to be practised safely and effectively:

  • Revising examinations to align with our new Blueprint and to better address population health issues and psychosocial aspects of care;
  • Increasing testing frequency; and
  • Creating additional preparatory materials, including modules, videos, orientation and preparatory examinations for convenient online access anytime, anywhere.

These steps are part of the MCC’s commitment to Canadians—to deliver the highest level of medical care through excellence in the evaluation of physicians.