*Please note: due to the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic, exam instructions and sessions are rapidly changing. The following information reflect what was standard prior to the pandemic and any questions should be clarified by accessing the appropriate websites (MCC and CFPC).
A two-day OSCE of 12 stations: 8 stations (each 14 min long) on Saturday and 4 stations (each 6 min long) on Sunday.
Up to two stations may be considered pilot stations that will not count towards your overall score.
Exam Dates: Seatings are available twice per year; there is typically one seating in May and another in October.
How to Apply: In October/November of your R1 year, you can add your name to the pre-application list through your physicainsapply.ca account. You submit your email address in order to be notified for pre-application for a future session. Please see link: MCCQE Part 2
How to prepare: Many residents participate in study groups. Canada Q-bank (online question bank), BC Guidelines and Toronto Notes are also some popular resources.
Number of tests you are allowed to write:
You may take the MCCQE Part II up to a max of 4 times. You cannot retake the exam if you have passed it. A one-year period will be required between the third and fourth attempt. Exam attempts before 2018 do not count towards your total exam attempts; the count will start in 2018.
This is a 2-part exam consisting of Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) and Simulated Office Orals (SOOs).
The SAMP is a 4.25 hour written exam, and the SOO consists of five 15-minute interviews (although you should anticipate being present for 3-hours in total).
Exam Dates: Seatings happen twice per year, once in the Spring (April) and once in the Fall (October).
How to Apply: To register, you need to login to your CFPC account using your UBC email address. Application for the spring session takes place in December/January. Application for the fall session are May/June of the same year.
*Eligibility for parents planning to sit the exam BEFORE taking maternity/parental leave:
Parents who are planning to sit the exam before going on parental leave may do so if they are recommended by their program, and have completed a minimum of 18 months of a 24 month program, with no more than 6 months of training remaining at the time they sit the examination. The 6 month limit does not count towards the time you decide to take off for maternity/parental leave (maternity/parental leave does not count as “training”) even though it extends your graduation date.
Note: You must write the exam within 3 years after completing your residency training.
How to prepare:
Many residents form study groups, particularly to practice the SOOs. All UBC family practice residency sites aim to have up to 12 practice scenarios over the two years of residency. BC Guidelines, Toronto Notes and the 105 Priority Topics are other sources frequently recommended by residents (for access to the most recent 105 Priority Topic document, see downloadable PDF at bottom of the page). A national survey was conducted in 2018 on some common exam prep resources residents found useful, and results can be found at this link: https://www.thereviewcourse.com/resources
*Disclosure: we have no affiliation with any of these resources and are not compensated to promote them
What happens if you fail:
Candidates must pass both the SAMP and SOO to be awarded Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP). All candidates must initially take the entire examination. If you do not pass both components of the exam, you will be required to repeat the full exam on a subsequent attempt. If you are unsuccessful on one of the two exam components, you may retake that component of the exam up to three times before you are required to retake the entire examination