Beginning in 2011, the MCC has exhaustively examined its assessment process, collaborating with all medical regulatory authorities, faculties, certification colleges, and other stakeholders.This process identified areas for improvement, including:
- Examination content that is better aligned with current health-care needs and medical school curricula.
- The need for more opportunities to take and retake the MCCQE Part I.
- Additional preparatory material for the MCCQE Part I and Part II.
As a Canadian medical student or graduate, you can expect the following changes to affect you starting in 2018 and 2019:
- Changes to both the MCCQE Part I and Part II to align with the new Blueprint. Specifically, there will be greater focus on health promotion, illness prevention, and psychosocial factors – as well as communication with patient families, with other professionals, and with colleagues.
- A new passing standard, to be implemented as of the spring 2018 MCCQE Part I and fall 2018 MCCQE Part II sessions.
- More opportunities to take and retake the MCCQE Part I starting in 2019 – four to five times per year versus the current two times per year. It will also be offered in vendor centres around the world in multi-week windows.
- New preparatory material.
The following timeline shows important dates related to these changes:
MCC Assessment Evolution timeline
Preparatory materialAs a candidate preparing to take the new Qualifying Examinations based on the Blueprint, you will be supported by new preparatory material, including:
- A multiple-choice questions test and clinical decision making test – new, enhanced examinations, including content related to multiple-choice and clinical decision making. Each test will represent a sampling of the MCCQE Part I.
- Preparatory Examinations (PE) – complete MCCQE Part I test forms will simulate the exam experience, and provide candidates with question-level feedback
- Orientation self-study program on topics such as communication and cultural competency as well as the ethical, legal, and organizational aspects of medicine