Medical Council of Canada

COVID-19

MCC update on COVID-19

(Updated April 3, 11:30 ET)

Update on COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad continues to evolve rapidly, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the MCC Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I session scheduled from April 15 to May 15, 2020 and the MCCQE Part II scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020.  

We worked collaboratively with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), who are also postponing their upcoming exams, to ensure this decision considered both the risks as well as the impact on candidates of postponing our respective exams. By postponing, we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts of this virus on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.  

We are closely monitoring the situation and will be announcing the new examination schedules, through your physiciansapply.ca account, as soon as reasonably possible. The timing of new examination schedules is under detailed review and will be guided by recommendations from public health authorities and the necessity of ensuring the health and safety of all involved. 

 

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General FAQs

Why is the MCC postponing its examinations?

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is committed to collaborating with the Public Health Agency of Canada to ensure best practices are followed to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our candidates, examiners, staff and all people in Canada.

By postponing the MCCQE Part I scheduled for April 15 to May 15, 2020 and the MCCQE Part II scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020 we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following directives for physical distancing to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.

Should I cancel my travel arrangements?

We recognize that individuals globally are in the position of having to cancel or reschedule travel arrangements. Many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions limiting movement until further notice.

We suggest that you contact your airline service and/or insurance company directly about your travel plans to avoid penalties. As the situation continues to evolve, some measures might already be in place to offer refunds or future credits.

What happens to my license if I don’t get my LMCC?

We encourage you to contact the Medical Regulatory Authority (MRA) in the province or territory in which you are practicing or intend to practice, as you may be eligible for a provisional license.

How do I send my documents to the MCC during the office closure?

Please submit all your documents electronically by email at service@mcc.ca or by fax (1-613-248-5234). During the closure, we will accept electronic copies of certified identity documents and Certified Identity Confirmation forms as per the instructions on the Best practices for scanning picture documents page. The original certified copies are still required; therefore, please send original certified paper copies by courier or mail.

Is the September 2020 NAC exam postponed?

At the moment we expect the exam to proceed as scheduled.

FAQs for the MCCQE Part I

What is happening with my application to the MCCQE Part I?

We have taken the difficult decision to suspend application to the MCCQE Part I, pending confirmation and announcement of new examination schedules. Please note that the scheduling of exam appointments with Prometric has also been suspended.

In light of the above, the ability to submit an application for the MCCQE Part I has been deactivated in physiciansapply.ca. Another website update will follow once a new exam schedule is announced and application is reactivated.

While you can choose to withdraw from the exam, there is no need to do so due to the April-May sessions having been postponed.

Why can’t the MCCQE Part I still be offered in countries where the exam centres are still open?

While measures put in place may currently differ based on local and/or global evaluation, given this rapidly evolving situation, the MCC has adopted a comprehensive approach and is taking the necessary actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including postponing all exams administered at exam centres, regardless of local regulations related to the pandemic.

At what time will the new April-May 2020 MCCQE Part I be rescheduled to?

The timing of new examination schedules is under detailed review and will be guided by recommendations from public health authorities and the necessity of ensuring the health and safety of all involved.

We continue to work closely with our service provider, Prometric, to monitor the situation and will be announcing the new examination schedules, through your physiciansapply.ca account, as soon as reasonably possible.

Please monitor your physiciansapply.ca account regularly for updates.

Will I need to reapply to the MCCQE Part I once the April-May 2020 session has been rescheduled?

You will not have to reapply to this exam once it is reported. you will be able to reschedule appointments through Prometric once the new examination schedules are announced.

I was able to schedule a date (in April or May) at my preferred centre. Will I be able to schedule at the same centre?

Until the new exam schedule is announced, we are unable to provide information regarding exam centres and dates.

When the new schedule is announced, and centres and dates are made available for scheduling, candidates will be notified through their physiciansapply.ca account.

Scheduling for the MCCQE Part I, is on a first-come, first-served basis.

What happens with my eligibility window?

For those candidates who have already been accepted to take the MCCQE Part I and who are unable to schedule or reschedule their exam appointment date at this time, please be advised that your exam eligibility windows will be extended to ensure that you will have sufficient time to schedule and take your exam within your current application.

Why is the information different on the MCC website compared to the Prometric website

The MCC is a Canadian organization and we are committed to collaborating with the Canadian government and public health authorities to ensure best practices are followed to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams. As such, our examinations have been postponed in keeping with Canadian public health recommendations. These measures may not reflect the specific policies of Prometric, a third-party organization specialized in the administration of exams. We continue to closely collaborate with Prometric to coordinate the delivery of new exams and will communicate news as soon as reasonably possible.

FAQs for the MCCQE Part II

Will I need to reapply/submit a new application for the exam?

At this time, we don’t anticipate that the May 2 and 3, 2020  MCCQE Part II candidates will be required to submit a new application for the new session once it is announced.

Should submission of a new application be required due to system requirements, candidates who were registered for the May 2 and 3, 2020 sessions of the MCCQE Part II would have priority access to the new session and would not need to pay additional fees.

What if I can’t take the exam at the next session?

We recommend that you leave your current application in an active state until a new exam schedule is announced.

Once the schedule is announced, if you are unable to take the exam on the newly scheduled dates, you will be able to contact us to withdraw your application, without penalty.

When will the next session be?

We will announce a new exam schedule as soon as we are able to do so.

At this time, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are unable to provide any information regarding when a new schedule will be announced.

If you applied for the May 2 and 3, 2020 MCCQE Part II, updates will be provided via your physiciansapply.ca account. Please monitor your account regularly for updates.

For other MCCQE Part II examination sessions, please keep monitoring our website for updates.

Will I be guaranteed a spot in the next scheduled session?

Yes, candidates who had registered and been accepted for the May 2 and 3, 2020 MCCQE Part II, which has now been postponed, will be guaranteed a spot in the exam once the May 2 and 3, 2020 session is rescheduled.

What centre will I be assigned to?

Until the new exam schedule is announced, we are unable to provide information regarding the exam centres that will be available and candidates’ centre assignments.

Can I withdraw from the exam?

Yes, you may withdraw from the exam.

Should you wish to proceed with withdrawing, your exam fee will be refunded in full.

Please note that if you proceed with a withdrawal, you will need to go through the preapplication, random selection and application processes again once you are ready to take the exam.

As well, you may not be able to access the same exam session that the other candidates in your current MCCQE Part II cohort will have access to once the postponed May 2 and 3 session is rescheduled.

Please also note that you would have to pay the exam fee that is in effect at the time of your new application.