The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) part 2 for long was part of the requirement for the Medical Council of Canada Licentiate (LMCC). Physicians who have completed 12 months of postgraduate medical education and passed Parts 1 and 2 of the MCCQE were awarded the LMCC. Physicians who obtained this certification received a provincial license to operate independently as a general practitioner (GP).
However, since the early 1990s, provincial licensing authorities have required physicians to be certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada before allowing them to operate independently. Twelve medical licensing authorities recognize LMCC in Canada, where MCCQE reviews are not necessary for an independent license, with the noteworthy exception of New Brunswick.
It all changed with the COVID-19 pandemic; at first, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) initially postponed in-person examinations during the first wave of the pandemic. With no online alternative available and concerns about COVID-19 transmission during the examination, local public health departments ordered site closures in several locations, including Kingston, Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec City.
Recently, at a meeting on June 9, the MCC, after acknowledging the effect of the pandemic and the extraordinary obstacles associated with administering an MCCQE Part 2 examination, approved new criteria for granting the LMCC. In addition, the MCC certifies that it will no longer provide the MCCQE Part 2 in the future.
The MCC’s new criteria will give candidates the LMCC if they meet the four requirements listed below:
- Graduate of a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools with a sponsoring note stating that it is a recognized medical school, or from a School of Osteopathic Medicine recognized by the American Osteopathic Association
- Have successfully completed:
- Acceptable postgraduate clinical training for at least 12 months, as approved by the Director: or
- Appropriate osteopathic postgraduate clinical training for at least 12 months as determined by the Director in a programme certified by ACGME; and
- Have successfully source verified the relevant medical credentials through MCC, including verification of postgraduate training.
A physician who fulfills the aforementioned requirements is admitted to the Canadian Medical Register as an LMCC and gets a Certificate of Registration. It is imperative to know that the LMCC does not grant the right to practice medicine, and the authority to grant licenses is reserved to the provincial and territory Medical Regulatory Authorities (MRAs). The LMCC is just a component of the Canadian Standard which sets the series of prerequisites for a full unlimited practical license.
Please contact the Medical Council of Canada if you have any queries concerning the MCCQE Part 2.
For questions about the MCCQE Part 2, please contact the Medical Council of Canada. (service desk.)
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