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Deadlines, dates & locations

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
  • Fall exams
    May 15 of the year you write the exam
Deadline to request exam accommodation The registration deadline of January 13 for spring exams or May 15 for fall exams.
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 Different for each exam
Fall exam dates Different for each exam
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. Letters of appointment are sent by email two months before your written exam and one month before your comprehensive objective (applied) exam. 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.

2020 Spring exam schedule

The registration deadline for spring exams is January 13, 2020.

Spring written exams are held at regional exam centres.

2020 spring comprehensive objective exams (oral, OSCE or practical component) will be held at:

  • La Cité: 801 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa (Ontario) K1K 4R3
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: 774 Echo Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K1S 5N8

Please note that there will be two spring examination sites in Ottawa. Candidates are asked to carefully review the site information provided in their Candidate appointment letter and plan their travel accordingly.

Sign in and information session

You are requested to sign in 45 minutes before your exam begins.
For the morning session, from 09:00 to 12:00, you may sign in at 08:15 a.m.
For the afternoon session, from 14:00 to 17:00, you may sign in at 13:15.
All times listed are local.

2020
SPECIALTY SITE DATE(S) TIME
Anatomical Pathology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020 Paper (SAQ) – to be determined
Anatomical Pathology – Practical/Oral La Cité, Ottawa May 19-20, 2020  
Anesthesiology – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Anesthesiology – Oral La Cité, Ottawa May 6-7, 2020
Cardiac Surgery – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Cardiac Surgery – Oral La Cité, Ottawa May 26, 2020
Dermatology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Dermatology – Oral La Cité, Ottawa June 1, 2020
Diagnostic Radiology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020 Paper (MCQ)– to be determined
Diagnostic Radiology– Applied La Cité, Ottawa June 8, 2020
Emergency Medicine – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Emergency Medicine – Oral La Cité, Ottawa May 14, 2020
General Pathology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020 Paper (SAQ)– to be determined
General Pathology – Practical/Oral La Cité, Ottawa May 19-20, 2020
General Surgery – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (MCQ)– to be determined
General Surgery – Oral La Cité, Ottawa May 28, 2020
Hematological Pathology–Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020 Paper (SAQ)– to be determined
Hematological Pathology – Practical/Oral Royal College, Ottawa April 28, 2020
Internal Medicine – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (MCQ)– to be determined
Internal Medicine:
English OSCE
La Cité, Ottawa June 16-19, 2020
Internal Medicine:
French OSCE
La Cité, Ottawa June 16-17, 2020
Medical Biochemistry – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Medical Genetics and Genomics – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Medical Genetics and Genomics – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 15, 2020
Medical Microbiology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Medical Microbiology – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 12, 2020
Neurology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Neurology – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 21, 2020
Neuropathology – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020 Paper (SAQ)– to be determined
Neuropathology – Practical Royal College, Ottawa April 24, 2020
Neurosurgery – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Neurosurgery – Oral Royal College, Ottawa June 2-3, 2020
Nuclear Medicine – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Nuclear Medicine – Oral Royal College, Ottawa May 1, 2020
Obstetrics & Gynecology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 202
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Obstetrics & Gynecology – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 26, 2020
Ophthalmology – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1(MCQ) – to be determined
Paper 2(SAQ) – to be determined
Ophthalmology – Oral La Cité, Ottawa June 5, 2020
Orthopedic Surgery – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (MCQ)– to be determined
Orthopedic Surgery – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 4, 2020
Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery – Oral Royal College, Ottawa April 17, 2020
Pediatrics – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determine
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Pediatrics – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa June 10-11, 2020
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 15, 2020
Plastic Surgery – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Plastic Surgery – Oral Royal College, Ottawa April 7-8, 2020
Psychiatry – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020 Paper (MCQ) – to be determined
Psychiatry – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa June 2-4, 2020
Public Health and Preventive Medicine – Written Spring regional centres April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Public Health and Preventive Medicine – OSCE La Cité, Ottawa May 20, 2020
Radiation Oncology – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (SAQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (SAQ)– to be determined
Radiation Oncology – Oral Royal College, Ottawa April 26-27, 2020
Urology – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2 (MCQ)– to be determined
Urology – OSCE Royal College, Ottawa April 19, 2020
Vascular Surgery – Written Spring regional centres March 24, 2020 Paper (SAQ) – to be determined
Vascular Surgery – Oral Royal College, Ottawa April 2, 2020
 

Note: The 2021 exam calendars will be posted no later than March 30, 2020.

2020 Fall exam schedule

The registration deadline for fall examinations is May 15, 2020.

Fall written exams are held at regional exam centres

Fall comprehensive objective exams (oral, OSCE or practical component) are conducted at:

  • Royal College Exam Centre: 774 Echo Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8

Candidates are asked to carefully review the site information provided in their Candidate appointment letter and plan their travel accordingly.

Sign in and information session

You are requested to sign in 45 minutes before your exam begins.
For the morning session from 09:00 to 12:00, you must sign in at 08:15.
For the afternoon session from 14:00 to 17:00, you must sign in at 13:15.
All times listed are local.

2020
SPECIALTY SITE DATE(S) TIME
Written Examinations (Please note that all written portions of the examinations are SAQ’s, with the exception of Surgical Foundations).
Adolescent Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Colorectal Surgery Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Critical Care Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Developmental Pediatrics Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Endocrinology & Metabolism Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Forensic Pathology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Forensic Psychiatry Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
General Internal Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
General Surgical Oncology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Geriatric Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Geriatric Psychiatry Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Gynecologic Oncology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Infectious Diseases Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Interventional Radiology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Medical Oncology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Nephrology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Neuroradiology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Occupational Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Pain Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Palliative Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Pediatric Radiology Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Surgical Foundations Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1 (MCQ)– to be determined
Paper 2(MCQ)– to be determined
Comprehensive Objective Examinations (Please note that all written portions of the examinations are SAQ’s)
Cardiology (adult) - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Cardiology (adult) - OSCE Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 14-15, 2020
Cardiology (pediatric) - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Cardiology (pediatric) - practical/OSCE Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 29-30, 2020
Clinical Immunology & Allergy - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Clinical Immunology & Allergy - oral Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 16, 2020
Gastroenterology - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Gastroenterology - OSCE Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 1, 2020
Hematology - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Hematology - morphology/oral Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa November 5-6, 2020
Pediatric Surgery - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Pediatric Surgery - oral Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 9, 2020
Respirology (adult) - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
Paper 1– to be determined
Paper 2– to be determined
Respirology (adult) - OSCE Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa November 10, 2020 To be determined
Respirology (pediatric) - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Respirology (pediatric) - oral Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 27, 2020
Rheumatology (adult) - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Rheumatology (adult) - OSCE Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 6, 2020 To be determined
Rheumatology (pediatric) - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Rheumatology (pediatric) - OSCE Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 5, 2020 To be determined
Thoracic Surgery - written Fall regional centres September 22, 2020 To be determined
Thoracic Surgery - oral Royal College Exam Centre, Ottawa October 21, 2020

Written exam locations

Written Exams are held at the locations below. You may choose your preferred location.

List of regional centers for written examinations 2020 spring and fall
City Spring 2020 Fall 2020
March 24 and 25, 2020 April 28 and 29, 2020 September 22 and 23, 2020
VANCOUVER,
British Columbia
South Hall Event Centre
Main Hall
8273 Ross Street
Vancouver, BC V5X 4W1
The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Jack Poole Hall
2nd Floor, 6163 University Blvd
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Jack Poole Hall
2nd Floor, 6163 University Blvd
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
CALGARY,
Alberta
Red & White Club
University of Calgary
1833 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB T2M 4S7
Red & White Club
University of Calgary
1833 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB T2M 4S7
Red & White Club
University of Calgary
1833 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB T2M 4S7
EDMONTON,
Alberta
University of Alberta
Lister Centre, Conference Services
Maple Leaf Room,
Corner of 87th Avenue/116 Street
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6
University of Alberta
Lister Centre, Conference Services
Maple Leaf Room,
Corner of 87th Avenue/116 Street
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6
University of Alberta
Lister Centre, Conference Services
Maple Leaf Room,
Corner of 87th Avenue/116 Street
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6
SASKATOON,
Saskatchewan
Ramada Hotel & Golf Dome
Diefenbaker Room
806 Idylwyld Drive North
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0Z6
Ramada Hotel & Golf Dome
Diefenbaker Room
806 Idylwyld Drive North
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0Z6
Ramada Hotel & Golf Dome
Diefenbaker Room
806 Idylwyld Drive North
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0Z6
WINNIPEG,
Manitoba
Clarion Hotel
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Room
Lower Level
1445 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P4
Clarion Hotel
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Room
Lower Level
1445 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P4
Clarion Hotel
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Room
Lower Level
1445 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P4
LONDON,
Ontario
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London
Grand Ball Room
300 King Street
London, ON N6B 1S2
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London
Queen Victoria Room
300 King Street
London, ON N6B 1S2
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London
Grand Ball Room
300 King Street
London, ON N6B 1S2
HAMILTON,
Ontario
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Heritage Room
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Heritage Room
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Heritage Room
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3
TORONTO,
Ontario
Old Mill Toronto
Room Brûlé A,B,C
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON M8X 1G5
Old Mill Toronto
Room Brûlé A,B,C
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON M8X 1G5
Old Mill Toronto
Room Brûlé A,B,C
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON M8X 1G5
KINGSTON,
Ontario
Ambassador Hotel
Ontario Room
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON K7M 9E3
Ambassador Hotel
Ontario Room
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON K7M 9E3
Ambassador Hotel
Ontario Room
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON K7M 9E3
OTTAWA,
Ontario
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Council Room
774 Promenade Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8
No parking
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Council Room
774 Promenade Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8
No parking
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Council Room
774 Promenade Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8
No parking
MONTREAL,
Québec
Le Nouvel Hôtel
Rooms Dorchester/Maisonneuve/Atwater
1740, boulevard René-Lévesque ouest
Montréal, QC H3H 1R3
Le Nouvel Hôtel
Rooms Dorchester/Maisonneuve/Atwater
1740, boulevard René-Lévesque ouest
Montréal, QC H3H 1R3
Le Nouvel Hôtel
Rooms Dorchester/Maisonneuve/Atwater
1740, boulevard René-Lévesque ouest
Montréal, QC H3H 1R3
QUEBEC,
Québec
Hôtel Quartier
Salle Quartier 1 à 4
2955, boulevard Laurier
Ste-Foy, QC G1V 2M2
Hôtel Quartier
Salle Quartier 1 à 4
2955, boulevard Laurier
Ste-Foy, QC G1V 2M2
Hôtel Quartier
Salle Quartier 1 à 4
2955, boulevard Laurier
Ste-Foy, QC G1V 2M2
HALIFAX,
Nova Scotia
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Admiral Room South and Compass Room C
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Z1
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Admiral Room South and Compass Room C
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Z1
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Compass Room and Navigator West
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Z1
St. JOHN’S,
Newfoundland
Memorial University
Faculty of Medicine
Lecture Theatre B, Ground Floor
The Health Sciences Centre
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NF A1B 3V6
Memorial University
Faculty of Medicine
Lecture Theatre B, Ground Floor
The Health Sciences Centre
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NF A1B 3V6
Memorial University
Faculty of Medicine
Lecture Theatre B, Ground Floor
The Health Sciences Centre
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NF A1B 3V6

Applied exam locations

Comprehensive objective (oral, OSCE or practical component) exams are held at the locations below. Locations for applied exams are assigned. Please refer to the exam schedules and/or your letter of appointment to determine the specific location for your applied exam.

  • La Cité: 801 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa (Ontario) K1K 4R3
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: 774 Echo Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K1S 5N8

Directions to exam sites

Directions to the Royal College

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive (or by the side entrance at 265 Sunnyside Avenue)
Ottawa ON Canada
K1S 5N8



Please note

  • The College is accessible from Sunnyside Avenue or Echo Drive.
  • Echo Drive is not accessible from Bank Street.
    • Drive to Sunnyside Avenue and turn east. One block east, on the left hand side, there is a gated entrance to the Royal College.
    • If you're coming via Echo Drive (from the Westin Hotel), turn left onto Main Street, right onto Riverdale and right again on Echo Drive - the gated entrance is at the end of the street.
  • There is no available parking on Royal College grounds.
Contact us:
candidates@royalcollege.ca; Telephone: toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 278 or 419 or 613-730-6278; Fax: 613-730-8261