MCC Ceases QE2!

June 10, 2021

Dear Colleague,

I am very pleased to be able to tell you, that after a year of sustained advocacy and with the support of key stakeholders, RDoC has been successful in acting on all of your concerns surrounding the MCCQE Part II. Today, we received communication that the Medical Council of Canada has decided to cease the delivery of the MCCQE Part II.

The MCC Council has updated their criteria for obtaining the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) certificate to anyone meeting the following requirements:

  1. Are a graduate from:
    a. a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; or
    b. a medical school listed in one or more directories of medical schools approved from time to time by resolution and be a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools which includes a sponsor note indicating it is an acceptable medical school in Canada; or
    c. a United States School of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.
  2. Have successfully completed the MCCQE Part I (PASS)
  3.  Have successfully completed: a. at least 12 months of acceptable clinical post graduate medical training as determined by the Executive Director; or
    b. at least 12 months of acceptable osteopathic post graduate clinical training in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as determined by the Executive Director; and
  4. Have the required medical credentials including verification of postgraduate training successfully source verified through MCC or, in exceptional circumstances, have provided evidence of the required medical credentials acceptable to the Executive Director.

While the LMCC is not a licence to practise medicine many Medical Regulatory Authorities in Canada require it in order to obtain a license to practice.

This news will be welcome to any individual who has previously attempted the exam and been unsuccessful and who has been waiting in limbo. If you meet the criteria above, you will receive your LMCC. This will also be welcome news to all of our members who have not written the MCCQE2 and have been wondering whether or not they might need to write it in the future. As long as you meet the criteria above, you will receive your LMCC.

The Medical Council of Canada has also responded to our advocacy regarding fees. They have confirmed that anyone registered to sit the exam who has paid fees will, within the next 30 days, have their fees refunded to the credit card used for payment.

The MCC has told us that candidates who were registered for the latest exam session can expect their refund and their LMCC in the next two months. All other eligible candidates will receive their LMCC at a later date.

Thank you again to our PHOs, to the current RDoC Board, to our PG Deans, to forward thinking Registrars, and to the candidates, standardized patients and examiners who have spoken out and told us their stories about the virtual exam experience and to our RDoC staff for their unending support.

I can assure that RDoC has and will continue to advocate for you during these difficult times. The work that we do as your national organization focuses on improving resident lives and in enhancing your medical education. We are always here for you, so do not hesitate to reach out at any time. I want to thank all of you once again for your voice; it is of the utmost importance to us.

With warmest regards,

Esther Kim, MD
RDoC President