In October 2011, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) published a report that was unanimously approved by its Council: Recalibrating for the 21st century: Report of the Assessment Review Task Force. The report outlines the future vision for the MCC and proposes a series of recommendations, including one addressing MCC examination blueprints. This recommendation states:
The content of the MCC assessment processes shall be expanded by:
- Defining the knowledge and behaviours in the CanMEDS roles that demonstrate competence of the physician about to enter independent practice.
- Reviewing the adequacy of content and skill coverage on the blueprints for all MCC examinations.
- Revising the examination blueprints and reporting systems to demonstrate that the appropriate assessment of all core competencies aligns with the purpose of each examination.
- Determining whether any core competencies cannot be tested by current MCC examinations, and exploring the development of new tools to assess these specific competencies.
The Blueprint project was launched to address this recommendation.