All Royal College exams will have a virtual option in 2021

October 6, 2020 | Author: Royal College Staff

To ensure the safe delivery of its medical specialist certification examinations in 2021, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada announces that eligible medical residents will have the option to write either in-person or online for the written component.

In addition, the applied/oral component will be re-instituted for 2021 and delivered virtually.

Building on our recent success of delivering the written multiple-choice questions (MCQ) exams online, the Royal College has decided to offer virtual options to ensure safety, flexibility and reliability into our plans as we deliver next year’s exams.

These important changes apply to all of the 2021 exams, including primary and subspecialties, as well as Surgical Foundations.

 Exam and spring registration dates

  • Specific dates for spring 2021 exams for each specialty are posted here, under “Update on 2021 Exams.”
  • Upon receiving their ruling letter, candidates must register by December 4, 2020 for 2021 spring exams.
  • Specific dates for the fall 2021 exams will be announced at a later date.

2021 written exams

For all 2021 written exams, candidates have two options: to write online or in-person at one of our 17 Canadian exam centres. The decision to write online or in-person will have to be made in advance of the exam delivery.

2021 Applied/oral exams

All applied/oral exams will be delivered virtually. The candidate and examiner will interact on a virtual platform. More information on virtual applied exams will be shared via email and on our website in early November 2020.


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