Exam Preparation


  • When? Spring of PGY-1 (end of April)** or Fall PGY-2 (end of October). Two weekend half days.
  • What? OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) style exam
  • Where? Any of the Canadian sites as per the MCC schedule. Ottawa site is the medical school (Roger Guidon Hall) and CHEO
  • Why? The practical component of the MCC exam… Mostly family medicine topics in OB, Peds, Mental Health, Emergency, General Medicine, Public Health
  • How much: $2,409 (Price in Fall 2016)

**New as of 2016, PGY1 who are in good standing and who are slated to have finished 12 months of residency by July 1st of that year can apply to do the Spring exam of their PGY-1 year.

Lottery system for exam dates/session dates – keep an eye out for the pre-application period



  • When? Two sittings a year – mid-October (for residents who might be off cycle for a number of reasons including maternity leave, personal leave, late start, etc) or mid-April (majority of residents)
  • What? Certification examination in Family Medicine to earn the CCFP designation
  • Why?
    • The SOO (simulated office orals) is designed to measure patient centred interviewing and the physician-patient relationship which is central to family medicine
    • The SAMP (short answer medical problems) is the medical expert component (short written answers)
  • Where: any of the designated CCFP centres, check CFPC website
  • How much? $2,845 (Price of 2016 exam)