Number of CDM cases in the 2018 MCCQE Part I

Please be advised that the number of Clinical Decision-Making (CDM) cases will change from approximately 50 to 38 in the 2018 Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.

Please be advised that the number of Clinical Decision-Making (CDM) cases will change from approximately 50 to 38 in the 2018 Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.

The CDM component in the 2018 MCCQE Part I assesses problem solving and Clinical Decision-Making skills. Candidates may be asked to elicit clinical information, order diagnostic procedures, make diagnoses or prescribe therapy. Candidates’ decisions should reflect the management of an actual patient. Of note: the session time allotted for this exam component is 3.5 hours.

We had previously communicated that the 2018 MCCQE Part I would feature 35 CDM cases. This number has changed to 38 due to requirements to increase the number of pilot cases in the exam. Prior to 2018, the exam had more CDM cases (approximately 50), and the length of the segment was four hours.

Please click here for helpful tips on how to prepare for the CDM component, including time management, question instructions, scoring and scenario details.