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Committed to supporting the 2020 cohort

The Royal College is committed to supporting the cohort of 2020 exam candidates who have completed their specialty or subspecialty exams and who experienced upheaval during their residency training programs due to the COVID-19 health care crisis.

Our 2020 exam candidates are resilient and innovative, and the Royal College joins them in looking to the future. This website gives candidates the resources and information they need to access funding that can help smooth their transition to Fellowship.

The Bridging Program Grant - closed

A commitment to lifelong learning is an important component of Fellowship. The Royal College and RBC recognize that a Fellow may require a leave of absence from clinical practice to pursue supplemental learning—and that this type of professional development can be costly.

Together with RBC, the Royal College is pleased to announce the Bridging Program Grant. This grant is aimed at supporting professional development for the Royal College’s newest Fellows.


Some highlights of our Bridging Grants:

You can apply your grant to any Personal Learning Project that qualifies for Section 2 MOC Credits, as long as the project was/is initiated between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Funding applies to many types of learning opportunities, including in-person and online.

The grant allocates $500 of funding per day per applicant, based on an eight-hour day (pro-rated hourly), to a maximum of $4,000. Funds are earmarked for multiple learning streams, including (but not limited to):

  • enhanced clinical and practice management skills,
  • management of patient care,
  • working towards future career goals, and
  • training to develop skills in safety and efficacy.

The grant is allocated only once to each applicant who meets the funding criteria, on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding is exhausted. (Funds are limited for this grant.)

You are eligible if you:

  • wrote a 2020 Royal College specialty or sub-specialty exam,
  • will be certified before April 1, 2021,
  • have recently completed (or are very close to completing) a Royal College residency training program (specialty or sub-specialty), and
  • have joined as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada before the final payment for the CPD activity is issued.


RBC Royal Bank is a proud sponsor of this grant and the Royal College gratefully acknowledges their financial support.

RBC will play no role in grant adjudication or determination of eligibility, nor will any personally identifiable information on grant recipients be provided to RBC.

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What is the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program?

The MOC Program is the Royal College's continuing professional development program for Fellows. It is 1) recognized by medical regulatory authorities as an approved continuing professional development program for licensure requirements and 2) indicates to regulators and your patients that you are engaged in superior training and committed to lifelong learning. Learn more.

What is RC’s response to COVID-19 and how did it impact the MOC Cycle requirements?

Our primary aim is to support our Fellows and MOC Program participants during these challenging times. In recognition of this unprecedented situation, and in alignment with our partners at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College will be waiving all Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program requirements for 2020:

  • One year will be added to everyone’s cycle – if you joined Fellowship between March 2020 and December 31, 2020, you now have six years to complete your cycle and the required 400 credits.
  • While no credits are required to be submitted this 2020, any credits submitted will still be counted towards your current (now six-year) cycle. We are waiving the traditional 40-credit minimum requirement for 2020.

We are affording this respite from reporting to allow our Program participants to focus on their work and to take care of themselves.

What are Section 2 MOC Credits?

Section 2 credits are focused on Self-learning. These activities address a need, problem, issue or goal, and/or enhance awareness of new evidence potentially relevant to practice. Learn more.

What RC educational materials may I access for MOC credits?

As a Fellow you’ll have access to highly relevant, just-in-time virtual MOC credit opportunities during COVID-19, including our learning modules (many of which are free) and accredited Section 1 and Section 3 activities:

What special considerations are available for those newly practicing in Quebec?

The Royal College MOC Program is valid for provincial/territorial licensing authority purposes. The Royal College has worked on behalf of our Quebec Fellows to ensure that Quebec licensed Maintenance of Certification (MOC) participants may use the Royal College MOC Program while fulfilling the CMQ’s requirements. We have coordinated with CMQ so that you do not have to report activities twice. Learn more.

What kind of financial support is available for the 2020 exam cohort?

Here are the ways we can support you as you launch your career in these challenging times.

  1. Your Fellowship dues are waived for 2020. Your first invoice will be generated in March 2021 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.
  2. Reduced fees for those advancing their learning by enrolment in full-time postgraduate studies in a Royal College accredited subspecialty program or a university- or hospital-based recognized subspecialty/fellowship training program. Learn more.
  3. Fee reduction for those experiencing financial challenges. Learn more.
  4. In addition to the Bridging Grant described at the top of this web page, Fellows have access to Awards and Grants. Learn more.

Contact us — we are here to support you

You are our newest Fellows and we are here to support you in this period of transition. Please reach out to our fully bilingual Royal College Services Centre at 1-800-668-3740 or email