Spring 2021 Internal Medicine applied/oral exam has been cancelled

April 14, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff

The third wave of COVID-19 has led to more infections and has significantly impacted hospital and physician resources. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has heard concerns that, due to patient care needs, the availability of Internal Medicine (IM) examiners may be impacted for the spring applied exam period. Recognizing that examiners are essential for the delivery of this part of the IM examination, the Royal College has decided to cancel the IM applied/oral exams for 2021 only.

Certification decisions will be based on the results of the written exam.

The Royal College continues to support the importance of the applied/oral exam for IM certification and this component is expected to be part of the exam cycle in spring 2022.

How does this impact IM candidates?

  1. No applied exams will be required for the 2021 Spring IM cohort.
  2. All IM residents who pass the written exam will be immediately eligible for certification on completion of residency. If a candidate did not pass the written exam, they will not be eligible for certification and will need to register for the IM exam offered next year.
  3. Fees for the applied exam will be refunded within the next 90 days to the card that was used for payment.


Please email exams2021@royalcollege.ca.