Postgraduate Trainees: POSTPONEMENT of Spring Certification Exams

March 13, 8:17pm


To all Postgraduate Trainees:

As the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad continues to evolve rapidly, a number of certification exams have been postponed. The following organizations are seeking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts of this virus on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved. Further details can be found on each organizations’ website.

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations Spring 2020

MCCQEI – all sessions scheduled from April 15 to May 15, 2020

MCCQEII - scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020

College of Family Physicians of Canada Spring 2020 Examinations

Postponement applies to both written (SAMPs) and performance (SOOs) components of the certification exams at all locations

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Spring 2020 Examinations

Postponement applies to all Spring exams, including written and oral exams

All three organization have reached out to the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) and the Medical Regulatory Authorities (MRA) to discuss processes to license individuals who have completed training and have yet to complete their certification exams.

In Ontario, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is considering licensing options for those who cannot complete their certification exams this Spring.

We continue to work with these organizations to ensure as many options as possible remain open for all affected by these necessary changes.

We understand this rapidly evolving situation can be stressful and would like to remind you of the following options available to assist all postgraduate trainees:

UofT Postgraduate Wellness Office Please contact or (416) 946-3074.

PARO 24-hour Helpline: 1-866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362)

A confidential support service for residents, medical students, their partners and families. The toll-free number is accessible anywhere in Ontario, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Physician Health Program Confidential help line: 1-800-851-6606

A confidential service providing assistance on issues, such as stress, burnout, mental health, and substance use issues, to both physicians and their families. They offer expedited referrals to third party providers with expertise in physician health.


Professor, Department of Medicine 
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education