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Pass rates

The table below summarizes the average pass rates for residents in Canada, in percentages, for all Royal College specialties and subspecialties certification exams over three years.

This data includes only candidates who a) have an MD from a Canadian university; b) have a Final In-Training Evaluation Report (FITER) completed in a Canadian program; and c) are taking the exam for the first time. This is referred to as the CMDPG category.

Note: In previous years, the Canadian Residency And First Time (CRAFT) candidate group was used as reference. If this report is compared with previous years, the average number of CMDPG candidates may be considerably smaller than previous CRAFT candidate groups.

Only specialties and subspecialties that had an average of five or more CMDPG candidates registered at the certification exams for the last three years are included here.

Average pass rates — Fully Canadian trained, first-attempt candidates

Spring and fall sessions 2014 through 2016

CMDPG CANDIDATES ONLY

THREE-YEAR AVERAGE

Specialty

N

%

St.Dev.

Adolescent Medicine

- - -

Anatomical Pathology

24.7 96.5 3.6

Anesthesiology

106.0 94.6 3.4

Cardiac Surgery

5.3 76.7 25.2

Cardiology

48.7 96.9 1.7

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

31.7 95.6 2.3

Clinical Immunology and Allergy

10.7 100.0 0.0

Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

- - -

Colorectal Surgery

- - -

Critical Care Medicine

42.7 92.4 2.0

Dermatology

21.3 98.0 3.4

Developmental Pediatrics

6.3 89.0 19.1

Diagnostic Radiology

85.7 97.7 0.2

Emergency Medicine

60.7 99.5 0.9

Endocrinology and Metabolism

25.7 100.0 0.0

Forensic Pathology

- - -

Forensic Psychiatry

10.7 81.1 27.1

Gastroenterology

35.0 98.1 1.7

General Internal Medecine

58.7 99.4 1.0

General Pathology

- - -

General Surgery

85.0 96.1 1.8

General Surgical Oncology

- - -

Geriatric Medicine

12.3 95.8 7.2

Geriatric Psychiatry

23.3 97.3 2.3

Gynecologic Oncology

- - -

Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

7.3 100.0 0.0

Hematological Pathology

- - -

Hematology

29.0 91.5 1.8

Infectious Diseases

23.0 94.9 5.5

Internal Medicine

384.3 97.5 1.1

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

6.7 100.0 0.0

Medical Biochemistry

- - -

Medical Genetics

- - -

Medical Microbiology

9.3 95.8 7.2

Medical Oncology

33.0 92.3 4.6

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

7.3 100.0 0.0

Nephrology

19.3 97.2 4.8

Neurology

42.0 97.6 2.4

Neuropathology

- - -

Neuroradiology

- - -

Neurosurgery

13.3 94.7 5.0

Nuclear Medicine

7.7 94.4 9.6

Obstetrics and Gynecology

88.7 99.6 0.6

Occupational Medicine

- - -

Ophthalmology

34.7 98.1 1.7

Orthopedic Surgery

68.0 98.6 1.4

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

28.3 95.4 1.3

Pain Medicine

- - -

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

14.0 100.0 0.0

Pediatric Surgery

- - -

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

5.7 95.2 8.3

Pediatric Radiology

- - -

Pediatrics

156.3 94.6 2.1

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

20.3 90.1 1.1

Plastic Surgery

27.7 96.4 0.2

Surgical Foundations

299.0 94.4 2.2

Psychiatry

122.7 99.5 0.5

Public Health and Preventive Medicine

16.0 87.9 10.5

Radiation Oncology

19.0 95.2 4.8

Respirology

36.0 97.2 3.0

Rheumatology

19.7 100.0 0.0

Thoracic Surgery

- - -

Urology

30.3 98.8 2.1

Vascular Surgery

8.0 91.7 14.4

NOTE: Due to the limited number of candidates for some specialties, average pass rate statistics cannot be reported in order to maintain confidentiality.