Open Letter Supporting the Postponement of Spring National Medical Education Examinations
The Board of Directors of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada comprised of the Deans of our 17 faculties and 4 public members, have been meeting regularly to ensure a collaborative response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to supporting the learners, faculty and administrative staff at our Faculties. We greatly appreciate the challenges faced by residents and clinicians who are putting themselves, and their families, at risk and our learners and researchers, who have had to significantly curtail their education and research activities, until further notice.
With the uncertainty about what awaits us all in the next several weeks, Deans of Medicine unanimously support postponing the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Qualifying Examination Part II, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Examinations and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Examinations until the fall. This is with the knowledge that final year medical students, who have completed their training, will be eligible to obtain an educational license and that graduating residents will be eligible for a provisional/temporary/restricted license.
We call on the MCC, CFPC and RCPSC to take this opportunity to consider all manners in which their examinations could be simplified, streamlined and delivered to significantly reduce the burden on examinees who, by the time they take their examinations, will be completely engaged in their next level of training or their new practice setting. Finally, we would like to recognize our partner organizations, including learner organizations for the collaborative manner in which we have worked together to navigate these unchartered waters, and our entire academic medicine community for your flexibility and resilience during these most difficult times.