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Update on 2023 Examinations

Who:
All candidates will sit the 2023 written and applied exam in person at one of our regional examination centres.

When:
Spring specialty examination schedule for 2023

Fall specialty examination schedule for 2023

Where:
Regional written hotel exam sites in Canada

How:
A computer based platform

For further details, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


 

Deadline to apply for training and/or practice assessment
  • Spring exams
    April 30 of the year before you write the exam
  • Fall exams
    August 31 of the year before you write the exam
Candidates will be required to apply via the newly launched Credentials/e-booking system.
Deadline to apply for continued training assessment
(after Surgical Foundations and before final surgical specialty exam) **For surgical specialties only
  • Spring exams
    April 30 of the year before you intend to write your final surgical specialty exam
  • Fall exams
    August 31 of the year before you write the exam

    *This includes Surgical Foundations and any other surgical specialty that has moved to the fall
Candidates will be required to apply for exam eligibility via the Credentials/e-booking system for Surgical Foundations first followed by the surgical primary specialty.
Competence Committees
  • Spring exams
    3-4 months before CCTs are returned to Credentials Unit
  • Fall exams
    3-4 months before CCTs are returned to Credentials Unit
Competence Committees will be required to convene to determine the exam readiness of the candidates.
Confirmation Completion of Training (CCTs) are sent to PGME
  • Spring exams
    July 25 the year before the exam
  • Fall exams
    January 15 the year of the exam
The Credentials Unit sends a spreadsheet(s) with a list of names for PGME to confer exam readiness.
Confirmation Completion of Training (CCTs) to be returned to Credentials Unit
  • Spring exams
    August 25 the year before the exam
  • Fall exams
    February 15 the year of the exam
The Credentials Unit is to receive signed spreadsheet(s) from PGME to be able to issue exam eligibility rulings.
Exam Eligibility Rulings Rulings are processed and sent in batches as soon as CCTs are returned to the Credentials Unit. Credentials/booking system will issue exam eligibility rulings to candidates.
Deadline to register for exams Candidates will be required to register and pay for the examination using the e-booking system.

Exam deadlines

Deadline to register for exams
  • Spring exams
    November 4 of the year before you write the exam
  • Fall exams
    April 15 of the year you take the exam

The centre you choose for the written examination will be the same centre for the applied examination. Please note that changes to your exam centre locations will be not be allowed once exam registration closes.

Deadline to request exam accommodation
  • Spring exams
    November 4
  • Fall exams
    April 15
Deadline to withdraw from exams

Candidates can withdraw from the written exam up to 24 hours before the start of the exam with a full refund for any COVID-19 related reason, including concerns of transmission.

Candidates can withdraw from the applied/oral exam up to 24 hours before start of the exam with a 50% refund for any COVID-19 related reason, including travel restrictions and concern of transmission.

Spring exam dates

Spring specialty examination schedule for 2022

Spring specialty examination schedule for 2023

Fall exam dates

Fall specialty examination schedule for 2022

Fall specialty examination schedule for 2023

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

Dates are different for each specialty. See list here.

Exam dates

Exam dates and times are subject to change. Confirmation of written appointment will be sent via email one month before the 2023 exams. Confirmation of applied appointment will be sent via email approximately two to four weeks before the 2023 exams.

Note: Due to the complexities of scheduling candidates, your scheduled date and time to attend the exam cannot be changed. All eligible candidates will be scheduled for each exam component according to the application deadline and the Royal College’s capacity. No candidate shall be granted a request to select a specific date or date range and/or time of their exam(s) unless specific conditions have been met (see policy).

Spring 2023 Examinations Dates

(Updated February 28, 2022)

Registration deadline
The deadline for registration for Spring 2023 examinations is November 4, 2022

When: Spring examinations 2023

Please note:

Please book off all the scheduled dates posted for your specialty exam as you must be available to write on all of the published dates (e.g. both April 7 and April 8).

Spring 2023
SPECIALTY COMPONENT EXAM DATE(S)
Anatomical Pathology   Written*** Monday, April 3, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  Applied* Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Anesthesiology Written Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
  Applied Tuesday, April 18 to Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Cardiac Surgery Written Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Cardiology Pediatric** Written Monday, March 27, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Dermatology Written Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
  Applied Monday, June 5, 2023
Diagnostic Radiology Written Thursday, March 23, 2023
Friday, March 24, 2023
  Applied Monday, May 29, 2023
Emergency Medicine Written Thursday, March 9, 2023
Friday, March 10, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, June 6, 2023
General Internal Medicine Written Monday, March 27, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  Applied N/A
General Pathology Written*** Monday, April 3, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  Applied* Tuesday, May 16, 2023
General Surgery Written Thursday, March 16, 2023
Friday, March 17, 2023
  Applied Thursday, May 25, 2023
Geriatric Medicine Written Monday, March 27, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  Applied N/A
Hematological Pathology Written Monday, March 20, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
  Applied Thursday, April 20, 2023
Internal Medicine Written Monday, February 27, 2023
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  Applied - English

Applied - French
Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 5, 2023

Tuesday, May 2 to Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Medical Genetics and Genomics Written Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
  Applied Friday, May 19, 2023
Medical Microbiology Written Monday, March 20, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
  Applied Thursday, May 18, 2023
Neurology Written Monday, April 3, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Neuropathology Written Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Neurosurgery Written Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Nuclear Medicine Written Monday, April 3, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Obstetrics & Gynecology* Written Monday, March 6, 2023
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Ophthalmology Written Thursday, March 23, 2023
Friday, March 24, 2023
  Applied Friday, June 9, 2023
Orthopedic Surgery Written Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Pediatrics Written Monday, March 13, 2023
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, June 7 to Thursday, June 8, 2023
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Written Monday, April 3, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  Applied Friday, June 2, 2023
Plastic Surgery Written Monday, March 20, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
  Applied Monday, April 24, 2023
Psychiatry Written Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, May 10 to Friday, May 12, 2023
Public Health & Preventive Medicine Written Monday, March 27, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Radiation Oncology Written*** Thursday, March 9, 2023
Friday, March 10, 2023
  Applied* Thursday, April 27, 2023
Respirology (adult)** Written Monday, March 27, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  Applied Friday, June 16, 2023
Rheumatology (adult) Written Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  Applied Thursday, June 15, 2023
Vascular Surgery Written Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  Applied Friday, April 14, 2023
*Last traditional cohort. Competence by Design (CBD) cohort will sit their exam in Fall 2023.
**First CBD cohort.
***Last traditional cohort and first CBD cohort will sit their exam.

Fall 2023 Examinations Dates

(Updated: February 28, 2022)

Reminder

Exam dates and times are subject to change. Confirmation of written appointment will be sent via email one month before the 2023 exams. Confirmation of applied appointment will be sent via email approximately two to four weeks before the 2023 exams.

Note: Due to the complexities of scheduling candidates, your scheduled date and time to attend the exam cannot be changed. All eligible candidates will be scheduled for each exam component according to the application deadline and the Royal College’s capacity. No candidate shall be granted a request to select a specific date or date range and/or time of their exam(s) unless specific conditions have been met (see policy).

Registration deadline
The deadline for registration for Fall 2023 examinations is April 15, 2023

When: Fall examinations 2022

Please note: Please book off all the scheduled dates posted for your specialty exam as you must be available to write on all of the published dates (e.g. both September 12 and September 13).


Fall 2023
SPECIALTY COMPONENT EXAM DATE(S)
Adolescent Medicine* Written Monday, September 11, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  Applied N/A
Anatomical Pathology Written Spring 2023
  Applied* Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Anesthesiology Written Thursday, September 28, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
  Applied Spring 2024
Cardiology (adult) Written Thursday, September 28, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry* Written Monday, October 2, 2023
  Applied N/A
Clinical Immunology & Allergy* Written Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  Applied Friday, November 17, 2023
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology* Written Tuesday, September 26, 2023
  Applied N/A
Colorectal Surgery Written Monday, October 2, 2023
  Applied N/A
Critical Care Medicine Written Monday, September 18, 2023
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
  Applied N/A
Developmental Pediatrics Written Monday, October 2, 2023
  Applied N/A
Endocrinology & Metabolism Written Tuesday, September 26, 2023
  Applied N/A
Forensic Pathology Written Tuesday, September 26, 2023
  Applied N/A
Forensic Psychiatry Written Monday, October 2, 2023
  Applied N/A
Gastroenterology Written Monday, August 21, 2023
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, November 7, 2023
General Pathology Written Spring 2023
  Applied* Tuesday, October 17, 2023
General Surgical Oncology Written Monday, September 11, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  Applied N/A
Geriatric Psychiatry* Written Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  Applied N/A
Gynecologic Oncology Written Thursday, September 7, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
  Applied N/A
Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Written Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  Applied N/A
Hematology Written Monday, October 2, 2023
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  Applied Thursday, November 2, 2023
Infectious Diseases Written Thursday, September 21, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
  Applied N/A
Interventional Radiology Written Tuesday, September 26, 2023
  Applied N/A
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Written Monday, September 11, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  Applied N/A
Medical Biochemistry Written Thursday, September 7, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
  Applied N/A
Medical Oncology Written Monday, September 11, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  Applied N/A
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine* Written Monday, September 18, 2023
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
  Applied N/A
Nephrology Written Thursday, September 21, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
  Applied N/A
Neuroradiology Written Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  Applied N/A
Neurosurgery* Written Thursday, September 28, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
  Applied Spring 2025
Obstetrics & Gynecology* Written Thursday, September 7, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
  Applied Spring 2024
Occupational Medicine Written Thursday, September 7, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
  Applied N/A
Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery Written Thursday, August 24, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
  Applied Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Pain Medicine Written Thursday, September 21, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
  Applied N/A
Palliative Medicine Written Thursday, September 7, 2023
Friday, September 8, 2023
  Applied N/A
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Written Thursday, September 21, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
  Applied N/A
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Written Monday, September 18, 2023
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
  Applied N/A
Pediatric Radiology Written Tuesday October 3, 2023
  Applied N/A
Pediatric Surgery* Written Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  Applied Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Radiation Oncology Written Spring 2023
  Applied* Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Respirology (pediatric)* Written Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  Applied Thursday, November 9, 2023
Rheumatology (pediatric) Written Monday, September 11, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  Applied N/A
Surgical Foundations Written Thursday, September 14, 2023
Friday, September 15, 2023
  Applied N/A
Thoracic Surgery Written Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  Applied Friday, November 3, 2023
Urology Written Monday, August 28, 2023
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
  Applied Monday, November 6, 2023
*First CBD cohort.

Where

All candidates will sit the 2023 written and applied exam in person at one of our regional examination centres in Canada:

How

Note: The 2024 exam calendars will be posted at a later date.

Questions? Contact credentials@royalcollege.ca

 

Contact us:
candidates@royalcollege.ca; Telephone: toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 278 or 419 or 613-730-6278; Fax: 613-730-8261

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