Examinations required

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This section describes the examinations required for the various types of applications submitted to the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ).

Applicants must provide proof (through physiciansapply.ca or certified true copy) that they have successfully completed the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) examinations.

Applicants can register with the MCC via their physiciansapply.ca account.

  • Fellow
    MCCEE or USMLE Step 2 CK or have a specialist’s certificate
     
  • Permit (regular) – Practice ready
    Certification examinations, LCMC, OQLF examination (or be exempted from this examination)
     
  • Recognition of equivalence of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree
    Three (3) examinations: MCCEE, MCCQE Part I, MCCQE Part II or NAC-OSCE
     
  • Restrictive permit
    Selected professor: no examinations
    Clinician: MCCEE or USMLE Step 2 CK
    ARM: no examinations
     
  • Conversion of a restrictive permit into a permit (regular) - comité d'admission à l'exercice (CAE)
    After renewal and after less than 5 years: certification examinations
    After more than 5 years: no examinations 


LIST OF EXAMINATIONS

MCCEE
Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination

 This examination is intended for international medical students. It is a four-hour, computer-based examination designed to provide an overall assessment of basic medical knowledge. It consists of 180 multiple-choice questions and may be taken in either French or English. It is offered at 500 centres in 80 countries.

MCCQE Part I
Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

This one-day, computer-based examination assesses the competence of medical graduates who wish to apply for admission to a specialized postgraduate clinical training program. It consists of 196 multiple-choice questions, completed in 3 hours, as well as an afternoon session for the clinical decision making component.

IMPORTANT: For the candidates who take the Fall MCCQE Part I of a given year, the results will be available by the end of December. For the next steps, please consult the timelines on the following websites:  
- Medical Council of Canada, Examination at a glance 
- CaRMS, Match process,  Match timelines 

Note: you can register for the NAC OSCE before you register for the MCCQE Part I.

MCCQE Part II 
Prerequisite: at least 12 months of postgraduate training.
Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

This examination assesses the competence required for medical licensure in Canada. It consists of a series of clinical stations where the candidate must demonstrate his overall clinical skills. 

IMPORTANT: For the candidates who take the Fall MCCQE Part II of a given year, the results will be available by the end of December. For the next steps, please consult the timelines on the following websites:  
- Medical Council of Canada, Examination at a glance 
- CaRMS, Match process,  Match timelines 

Successful completion of the Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and the MCCQE Part II is required to be enrolled on the Canadian Medical Register as a Licentiate  of the Medical Council of Canada (LCMC).

NAC OSCE 
No prior postgraduate training required.
National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination

This examination assesses international medical graduates’ readiness to enter a residency program in Canada. It consists of a series of stations based on representative clinical scenarios. To be eligible for this examination, you must have successfully completed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).

USMLE Step 2 CK 
United States Medical Licensing Examination/Step 2 Clinical knowledge

CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS

Family medicine
At present, family medicine certification examinations are harmonized (CFPC-MCC), but the examinations will be held separately as of January 2016.

College of Family Physicians of Canada – CFPC
Medical Council of Canada – MCC
American Board of Family Medicine – ABFM

Other specialties

Once a year, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada administers certification examinations to residents who have completed their postgraduate training and wish to be certified in their specialty.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

OFFICE QUÉBÉCOIS DE LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE (OQLF) EXAMINATION

Section 35 of the Charter of the French Language stipulates that the knowledge of French of members of a professional order must be appropriate to the practice of their profession. The OQLF administers an examination with oral and written parts to medical graduates who are not exempted from this requirement. This also applies to McGill University graduates.

Exemption criteria*:

  • You have received, full time, no less than three years of secondary or post-secondary instruction provided in French; 
    (for example, a medical degree from a university whose language of instruction is French);
  • You have passed the fourth or fifth year secondary level examinations in French as the first language;
  • From and after the school year 1985-86, you have obtained a secondary school certificate in Québec. 

*Charte de la langue française, L.R.Q. c. C-11, art. 35.

If you cannot submit any of these exemption documents, you will have to sit for the French test held at the OQLF. In order to obtain the required application form to register for the test, you have to contact the Collège des médecins du Québec at the following number: 514 933-4253. The form must be sent back to the CMQ.

Then, to take an appointment for the test, you will have to contact the Office québécois de la langue française by calling 514 873-4734 or by forwarding an email to the following address: oqlf_op@oqlf.gouv.qc.ca. The OQLF will transmit the test result to the CMQ, and the CMQ will keep it in your file.

You will find a lot of information concerning the French examination and French courses second language (langue seconde) in the Web site of the Office québécois de la langue française.

COURS DE FRANÇAIS
Le ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion offre régulièrement un cours de français adapté aux besoins des personnes formées à l'étranger souhaitant exercer une profession dans le domaine de la santé. Ce cours est offert aux personnes immigrantes qui ont entrepris une démarche auprès d'un ordre professionnel du domaine de la santé en vue d'obtenir un permis d'exercice et qui n'ont pas effectué leurs études en français. 

Cours de français gratuit offert à l'hiver 2017 pour les personnes immigrantes
Domaine de la santé

Pour information, veuillez téléphoner au 514-864-9191 ou consulter les liens suivants.
For general information, please call 514-864-9191 or consult the following links.  
http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/french-language/learning-quebec/specialized-courses.html
http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/french-language/learning-online/index.html

Last update: October 31, 2016