Examining for CFPC

Examiner Recruitment Forms

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is currently recruiting examiners to participate in the Certification Examination in Family Medicine. Have questions about examining? Please contact us at examinerinfo@cfpc.ca

Examiner Recruitment Form

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) are collaborating to offer an enhanced examination for family medicine candidates starting in spring 2013. When meeting all other requirements of both organizations, candidates who challenge and pass the new exam will be granted both Certification in Family Medicine (CCFP) from the CFPC and the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). 

New Exam Format and Examiner Requirements

The Certification exam will continue to be offered each year in the spring and fall.Candidates will be involved in testing over three days.

  • Short-answer management problems (SAMPs) will continue to be six hours in length and will take place on Thursday and/or Friday of the examination weekend, depending on the exam site.
  • The clinical skills component of the exam will now consist of four simulated office oral (SOO) interviews and eight objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) stations. OSCEs take place on Saturday of the examination weekend in collaboration with the MCC. SOOs will run on Sunday.

Examiner Recruitment

The CFPC and MCC are pleased to work together to recruit examiners to meet the needs of both organizations. The MCC will continue to recruit OSCE examiners regionally and we encourage family physicians to respond to the site initiatives to help ensure that there are sufficient CCFP physicians to examine all of the CCFP candidates, and to ensure that family physicians continue to be part of the larger assessment landscape. 

The CFPC will require the same number of experienced SOO examiners for the new Certification examination as in past years. CFPC members who are not cast in a role for a SOO examiner may be asked to be an examiner for the CFPC or MCC OSCE tracks. 

The collaborative process between the MCC and the CFPC will include coordinated responses to examiner applications. CFPC members may be contacted by an MCC representative to discuss their application and confirm involvement.

Several great reasons to get involved!

  • Set a good example for your colleagues through your interest and participation
  • Help your colleagues realize their goal of attaining Certification in Family Medicine
  • Meet and share ideas with colleagues from across the country
  • Enjoy a sense of accomplishment in contributing to the process
  • Receive up to 15 Mainpro M-1 credits with an option to earn Mainpro-C credits

Examiner Reimbursement

The CFPC will reimburse all examiners who examine family medicine candidates. CCFP physicians who examine for the MCCQE Part II will be reimbursed by the MCC. 

Many SOO examiners will be required to travel to different cities in order to ensure that roles in all exam centres are appropriately filled. Examiners who are asked to travel will be reimbursed for travel expenses . 

All examiners will be paid an honorarium that aligns with the MCC policy. 

How to get involved

Written examination (SAMPs):

CFPCrepresentatives (Thursday and/or Friday): The written examination is comprised entirely of SAMPs and is delivered via secure Internet-based technology. The time commitment required is 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, for one or two days (Thursday and/or Friday). Responsibilities include delivering announcements, liaising with site personnel to enforce CFPC policy and protocols, resolving and documenting process irregularities, and providing a report to the Board of Examiners. 

SAMP markers: SAMP marking will take place within two weeks following the examination at the MCC offices in Ottawa. The time commitment required is 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Marking usually takes two days for the spring examination and one day for the fall examination. Markers must be comfortable using computers.

Clinical exam (OSCEs and SOOs):

OSCE examiners (Saturday): Responsibilities include observing and scoring interactions between the candidates and standardized patients to assess clinical skills such as history taking, physical diagnosis, and clinical problem solving according to a predetermined scoring checklist. An orientation will be provided to all physician examiners. 

SOO examiners (Saturday and Sunday): Training occurs all day on Saturday and participation is mandatory for all SOO examination personnel. SOOs take place on Sunday.

  • SOO examinerswill role-play the patient and score the candidate according to a standardized marking scheme. Each simulation is constructed so that only an interview is necessary to define and manage the problem; a physical examination is not required. There will be an opportunity to view training videos and practise actual simulations during the mandatory training. The time commitment for the training is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. SOOs take place on Sunday and the time commitment will vary depending on the number of candidates; however, most examination personnel should be free to leave their exam centre by 6:00 pm on Sunday evening.
  • SOO coordinators and assistant coordinators will be responsible for training the examiners, standardizing marking, identifying examiner/candidate scheduling conflicts, and supervising and validating examiner performance throughout the examination days. Coordinators also take part in a standardization teleconference on Saturday at 6:00 pm (EST).

Examiner training video production (prior to examination dates)

During examiner training, videos are used to demonstrate the case and marking scheme. Volunteers are needed to act as the candidates in order to create two recorded re-enactments of each SOO case. Recording will occur in Toronto on a flexible schedule. The time commitment for the recording is approximately two hours. 

Examiner Eligibility

In order to participate in our exam process, examiners must be active members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada with CCFP designation. 

Experience in examining is not necessary. Each centre will host an examination team that has both experienced and new examiners and training will be provided to orient all examiners to their task.  

Examiner selection

Some of the roles examiners will fill have age and gender restrictions which means that in the selection process, we cannot guarantee that all interested persons will be selected for the examination team.  

Centre selection will be based primarily on geographical proximity in order to control operational expenses and the examination fees borne by the candidates.  

In most cases, physicians will be assigned to a nearby university centre. A few examiners may be asked to travel to ensure all roles in all centres are appropriately filled.

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