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Update on Fall 2020 Examinations

When:
Revised subspecialty examination schedule for 2020

Where:
Regional written exam centres in Canada
International Regional written centres

On exam day:
Registration

Reminder
Due to physical distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all applied/OSCE/oral components of the 2020 examinations have been cancelled. For further information, refer to our fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Update on Spring 2020 Examinations

Who:
At this time the Royal College has the capability to deliver specialty certification exams that are in the multiple choice question (MCQ) format both online via remote proctoring and at test centres as paper-based exams. The MCQ specialty exams that can be delivered online and at test centres are:

When:
Revised primary specialty examination schedule for 2020

Where:
Regional written exam centres in Canada
International Regional written centres

On exam day:
Registration

Reminder
Due to physical distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all applied/OSCE/oral components of the 2020 examinations have been cancelled. For further information, refer to our spring 2020 Frequently Asked Questions.

Deadline to apply for training and/or practice assessment
  • Spring exams
    April 30 the year before you write the exam
  • Fall exams
    August 31 the year before you write the exam
Deadline to apply for continued training assessment (after Surgical Foundations and before final surgical specialty exam) **For surgical specialties only April 30 of the year before you intend to write your final surgical specialty exam

Exam deadlines

Deadline to register for exams
  • Spring exams
    January 13 of the year you write the exam
    **Registration for the spring exams has been extended to May 29, 2020.
  • Fall exams
    May 15 of the year you write the exam
    **Registration for the fall exams has been extended to June 15, 2020.
Deadline to request exam accommodation The registration deadline of January 13 for spring exams or May 15 for fall exams.
**Registration for the fall exams has been extended to June 15, 2020.
Deadline to request changes to exam language or location Spring exams: Feb 1
Fall exams: June 15
Deadline to withdraw from exams 20 business days before the first component of the exam, 50% of the exam fees will be refunded. Otherwise, no refund will be provided.
Spring exam dates Revised primary specialty examination schedule for 2020
Fall exam dates Revised subspecialty examination schedule for 2020
Deadline to request a formal review 30 days after the date on the Summary of Performance.
Deadline to request a renewal of eligibility Spring exams: July 20
Fall exams: November 30
Dates for Posting Exam Results Different for each specialty. See list here.

Exam dates

Exam dates and times are subject to change. Confirmation of your exam schedule will be sent to you with your letter of appointment. All times listed are local.

Please note: The scheduled date and time for your exam cannot be changed. Royal College is unable to grant requests for specific dates, date ranges and/or exam times unless certain conditions have been met that demonstrate extenuating circumstances. For more information, read our Exam Scheduling Request Policy.

Spring 2020 Examinations Dates

Revised primary specialty examination schedule for 2020
(updated June 10, 2020)

2020
SPECIALTY COMPONENT DATE(S) TIME
Anatomical Pathology   Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 4, 2020  Session B
Anesthesiology Written Paper 1 (MCQ): August 27, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): August 28, 2020
Session A

Session A
Cardiac Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): August 31, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 1, 2020
Session B

Session B
Dermatology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 16, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 17, 2020
Session B

Session B
Diagnostic Radiology Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 4, 2020 Session A
Emergency Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 14, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 15, 2020
Session A

Session A
General Pathology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 4, 2020 Session B
General Surgery Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 8, 2020

Paper 2 (MCQ): September 9, 2020
Session A

Session A
Hematological Pathology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 4, 2020 Session B
Internal Medicine Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 29, 2020

Paper 2 (MCQ): September 30, 2020
Session A

Session A
Medical Biochemistry Written Paper 1 (SAQ): August 31, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 1, 2020
Session B

Session B
Medical Genetics and Genomics Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 16, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 17, 2020
Session A

Session A
Medical Microbiology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 16, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 17, 2020
Session B

Session B
Neurology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 8, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 9, 2020
Session B

Session B
Neuropathology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 4, 2020 Session B
Neurosurgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 16, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 17, 2020
Session A

Session A
Nuclear Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 2, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 3, 2020
Session B

Session B
Obstetrics & Gynecology Written Paper 1 (MCQ): August 31, 2020

Paper 2 (MCQ): September 1, 2020
Session A

Session A
Ophthalmology Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 2, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 3, 2020
Session A

Session A
Orthopedic Surgery Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 2, 2020

Paper 2 (MCQ): September 3, 2020
Session B

Session B
Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 14, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 15, 2020
Session B

Session B
Pediatrics Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 10, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 11, 2020
Session A

Session A
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 2, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 3, 2020
Session A

Session A
Plastic Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 14, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 15, 2020
Session B

Session B
Psychiatry Written Paper 1 (MCQ): August 26, 2020
Session A
Public Health & Preventive Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 14, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 15, 2020
Session A

Session A
Radiation Oncology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 16, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 17, 2020
Session A

Session A
Urology Written Paper 1 (MCQ): September 16, 2020

Paper 2 (MCQ): September 17, 2020
Session A

Session A
Vascular Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 4, 2020 Session B

Where

Please note: The specific address of the location for the international exam centre cities will be available approximately mid-August 2020.

Regional exam centres in Canada:
Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Halifax and St. John’s

Regional exam centres in the US:
Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX, Palo Alto, CA

International exam centres:
Paris, France; London, United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand

Written exam locations

Canada
SITE VENUE LOCATION
VICTORIA,
British Columbia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
777 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 2B5
250-940-3100
VANCOUVER,
British Columbia
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway,
Richmond, BC
V6X 1A3
604-273-7878
KELOWNA,
British Columbia
Fairfield by Marriott Kelowna
1655 Powick Road
Kelowna, BC
V1X 4L1
250-763-2800
CALGARY,
Alberta
Delta Hotels Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE,
Calgary, AB
T2J 5X5
403-278-5050
EDMONTON,
Alberta
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100th Street,
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0N7
780-426-3636
SASKATOON,
Saskatchewan
Delta Bessborough
601 Spadina Crescent East,
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 3G8
306-244-5521
WINNIPEG,
Manitoba
Delta Hotel Winnipeg
350 St. Mary Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 3J2
204-942-0551
THUNDER BAY,
Ontario
Delta Hotel by Marriott Thunder Bay
2240 Sleeping Giant Parkway
Thunder Bay, ON
P7A 0E7
807-344-0777
SUDBURY,
Ontario
Homewood Suites by Hilton Sudbury
2270 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON
P3E 0B4
705-523-8100
OTTAWA,
Ontario
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5N8
613-730-8177
KINGSTON,
Ontario
Four Points by Sheraton Kingston
285 King Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 3B1
613-544-4434
TORONTO,
Ontario
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2M9
416-947-4807
HAMILTON,
Ontario
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton
40 Bay Street, South
Hamilton, ON
L8P 0B3
905-667-1200
LONDON,
Ontario
DoubleTree by Hilton London
300 King Street
London, ON
N6B 1S2
519-438-5386
MONTREAL,
Quebec
Marriott Courtyard Montreal Airport
7000, Robert-Joncas
Montréal, QC
H4M 2Z5
514-339-5333
SHERBROOKE,
Quebec
Delta Hotels by Marriott Sherbrooke Conference Center
2685 Rue King Ouest
Sherbrooke, QC
J1L 1C1
819-822-1989
QUEBEC CITY,
Quebec

Hotel Pur Quebec City
395 Rue de la Couronne
Quebec City, QC
G1K 7X4
418-647-2611

HALIFAX,
Nova Scotia
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J5
902-421-1700
ST. JOHN’S,
Newfoundland
Hilton Garden Inn St. John’s Hotel
150 New Gower Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 0C1
709-738-4889

United States of America
SITE VENUE LOCATION
ATLANTA,
Georgia, USA
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Airport
3400 Norman Berry Drive
Atlanta, GA 30344
United States of America
404-763-1600
BOSTON,
Massachusetts, USA
Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Downtown / North Station
107 Beverly Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States of America
617-725-0003
DALLAS,
Texas, USA
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Dallas DFW Airport North Irving
4800 Plaza Drive
Irving, Texas 75063
United States of America
972-374-3600
PALO ALTO,
California, USA
Residence Inn by Marriott
Palo Alto Menlo Park
555 Glenwood Avenue
Menlo Park, California 94025
United States of America
650-327-2000
International
LONDON,
United Kingdom
London Heathrow Marriott Hotel
Heathrow Airport, Bath Road
Harlington, Hayes UB3 5AN
United Kingdom
44-20-8990-1100
PARIS,
France
AC by Marriott Paris Porte Maillot Hotel
6 Rue Gustave Charpentier
FR-75017
Paris
33-1-84-82-49-09

On exam day: Registration

Canada & United States
Session A: Registration is at 08:15 for session A from 09:00 to 12:00
Session B: Registration is at 13:15 for session B from 14:00 to 17:00

France
Session A: Registration is at 13:15 for session A from 14:00 to 17:00
Session B: Registration is at 18:15 for session B from 19:00 to 22:00

United Kingdom
Session A: Registration is at 12:15 for session A from 13:00 to 16:00
Session B: Registration is at 17:15 for session B from 18:00 to 21:00

Australia & New Zealand
Candidates will be informed on an individual basis when their specialty exam will be administered.

Spring 2021 Examinations Dates

Examination dates will be posted on November 2, 2020.

2020 Fall exam schedule

Revised subspecialty examination schedule for 2020

(updated June 17, 2020)

2020
SPECIALTY COMPONENT DATE(S) TIME
Adolescent Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 5, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 6, 2020
Session A

Session A
Cardiology (adult) Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session A
Cardiology (pediatric) Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session A
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session A
Clinical Immunology and Allergy Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B
Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Colorectal Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B
Critical Care Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 1, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 2, 2020
Session A

Session A
Developmental Pediatrics Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B
Endocrinology and Metabolism Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session A
Forensic Pathology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Forensic Psychiatry Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Gastroenterology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 24, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 25, 2020
Session A

Session A
General Internal Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session A
General Surgical Oncology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session B

Session B
Geriatric Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session B

Session B
Geriatric Psychiatry Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Gynecologic Oncology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 24, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 25, 2020
Session A

Session A
Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session A
Hematology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 5, 2020 Session B
Infectious Diseases Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session B

Session B
Interventional Radiology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 5, 2020 Session B
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 5, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 6, 2020
Session A

Session A
Medical Oncology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 5, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 6, 2020
Session A

Session A
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 24, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 25, 2020
Session A

Session A
Nephrology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 1, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 2, 2020
Session B

Session B
Neuroradiology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B
Occupational Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session A

Session A
Pain Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session B

Session B
Palliative Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 24, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 25, 2020
Session B

Session B
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Written Paper 1 (SAQ): September 22, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): September 23, 2020
Session A

Session A
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 1, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 2, 2020
Session B

Session B
Pediatric Radiology Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B
Pediatric Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B
Respirology (adult) Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 1, 2020

Paper 2 (SAQ): October 2, 2020
Session B

Session B
Respirology (pediatric) Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Rheumatology (adult) Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Rheumatology (pediatric) Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 7, 2020 Session B
Surgical Foundations Written Paper 1 (MCQ): October 13, 2020

Paper 2 (MCQ): October 14, 2020
Session A

Session A
Thoracic Surgery Written Paper 1 (SAQ): October 8, 2020 Session B

Where

Please note: The specific address of the location for the international exam centre cities will be available approximately mid-August 2020.

Regional exam centres in Canada:
Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Halifax and St. John’s

Regional exam centres in the US:
Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX, Palo Alto, CA

International exam centres:
Paris, France; London, United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand

Written exam locations

Canada
SITE VENUE LOCATION
VICTORIA,
British Columbia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
777 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 2B5
250-940-3100
VANCOUVER,
British Columbia
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway,
Richmond, BC
V6X 1A3
604-273-7878
KELOWNA,
British Columbia
Fairfield by Marriott Kelowna
1655 Powick Road
Kelowna, BC
V1X 4L1
250-763-2800
CALGARY,
Alberta
Delta Hotels Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE,
Calgary, AB
T2J 5X5
403-278-5050
EDMONTON,
Alberta
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100th Street,
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0N7
780-426-3636
SASKATOON,
Saskatchewan
Delta Bessborough
601 Spadina Crescent East,
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 3G8
306-244-5521
WINNIPEG,
Manitoba
Delta Hotel Winnipeg
350 St. Mary Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 3J2
204-942-0551
THUNDER BAY,
Ontario
Delta Hotel by Marriott Thunder Bay
2240 Sleeping Giant Parkway
Thunder Bay, ON
P7A 0E7
807-344-0777
SUDBURY,
Ontario
Homewood Suites by Hilton Sudbury
2270 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON
P3E 0B4
705-523-8100
OTTAWA,
Ontario
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5N8
613-730-8177
KINGSTON,
Ontario
Four Points by Sheraton Kingston
285 King Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 3B1
613-544-4434
TORONTO,
Ontario
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2M9
416-947-4807
HAMILTON,
Ontario
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton
40 Bay Street, South
Hamilton, ON
L8P 0B3
905-667-1200
LONDON,
Ontario
DoubleTree by Hilton London
300 King Street
London, ON
N6B 1S2
519-438-5386
MONTREAL,
Quebec
Marriott Courtyard Montreal Airport
7000, Robert-Joncas
Montréal, QC
H4M 2Z5
514-339-5333
SHERBROOKE,
Quebec
Delta Hotels by Marriott Sherbrooke Conference Center
2685 Rue King Ouest
Sherbrooke, QC
J1L 1C1
819-822-1989
QUEBEC CITY,
Quebec

Hotel Pur Quebec City
395 Rue de la Couronne
Quebec City, QC
G1K 7X4
418-647-2611

HALIFAX,
Nova Scotia
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J5
902-421-1700
ST. JOHN’S,
Newfoundland
Hilton Garden Inn St. John’s Hotel
150 New Gower Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 0C1
709-738-4889

United States of America
SITE VENUE LOCATION
ATLANTA,
Georgia, USA
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Airport
3400 Norman Berry Drive
Atlanta, GA 30344
United States of America
404-763-1600
BOSTON,
Massachusetts, USA
Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Downtown / North Station
107 Beverly Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States of America
617-725-0003
DALLAS,
Texas, USA
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Dallas DFW Airport North Irving
4800 Plaza Drive
Irving, Texas 75063
United States of America
972-374-3600
PALO ALTO,
California, USA
Residence Inn by Marriott
Palo Alto Menlo Park
555 Glenwood Avenue
Menlo Park, California 94025
United States of America
650-327-2000
International
LONDON,
United Kingdom
London Heathrow Marriott Hotel
Heathrow Airport, Bath Road
Harlington, Hayes UB3 5AN
United Kingdom
44-20-8990-1100
PARIS,
France
AC by Marriott Paris Porte Maillot Hotel
6 Rue Gustave Charpentier
FR-75017
Paris
33-1-84-82-49-09

On exam day: Registration

Canada & United States
Session A: Registration is at 08:15 for session A from 09:00 to 12:00
Session B: Registration is at 13:15 for session B from 14:00 to 17:00

France
Session A: Registration is at 13:15 for session A from 14:00 to 17:00
Session B: Registration is at 18:15 for session B from 19:00 to 22:00

United Kingdom
Session A: Registration is at 12:15 for session A from 13:00 to 16:00
Session B: Registration is at 17:15 for session B from 18:00 to 21:00

Australia & New Zealand
Candidates will be informed on an individual basis when their specialty exam will be administered.



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