Updates to the Objectives for the Qualifying Examinations

Revisions to the MCC’s Objectives: With the upcoming changes to the Blueprint for the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examinations starting in 2018, the following revisions have been made to the MCC’s Objectives. The Objectives describe the attributes expected of medical graduates entering supervised and independent practice in Canada, and can be used by candidates preparing for MCC examinations as well as by educators and medical assessment organizations in Canada and around the world.

Revisions to the MCC’s Objectives: With the upcoming changes to the Blueprint for the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examinations starting in 2018, the following revisions have been made to the MCC’s Objectives. The Objectives describe the attributes expected of medical graduates entering supervised and independent practice in Canada, and can be used by candidates preparing for MCC examinations as well as by educators and medical assessment organizations in Canada and around the world.

The Objectives serve as MCC’s guide when developing questions for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II.

Why are we doing this?

  • Revisions to the MCC Objectives ensure that they are aligned with the newly approved examination blueprints.

Detailed information on the Blueprint project can be found here

How are the MCC Objectives developed?

The 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 includes the roles of communicator, collaborator, health advocate, leader/manager, scholar, professional and medical expert. The CanMEDS framework is used extensively in Canada and is recognized worldwide.

Using the Objectives as a study guide

The Objectives are also organized by clinical presentation and diagnoses, each with learning objectives that set out what is expected of a Canadian physician. When preparing for the MCC Qualifying Examination, each role and clinical presentation/diagnosis can be reviewed with a careful read of the related key and enabling objectives.

To assist you in identifying the specific revisions made to the MCC Objectives, we have consolidated several tracking lists for your information. The lists have been separated into the following three categories: New Objectives, Revised Objectives and Deleted Objectives.