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Update on 2021 Examinations

Who:
All candidates can choose to do their written 2021 exams in person at one of our regional exam centres in Canada or online via remote proctoring. More details to follow in early November 2020.

When:
Spring specialty examination schedule for 2021

Fall specialty examination schedule for 2021

Where:
Regional written exam centres in Canada

How:
Important info on exam administration

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
    December 4, 2020
  • Fall exams
    May 15 of the year you write the exam
Deadline to request exam accommodation The registration deadline of December 4, 2020 for spring exams or May 15 for fall exams.
Deadline to request changes to exam language or location Spring exams: January 15, 2021
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 Spring specialty examination schedule for 2021
Fall exam dates Fall specialty examination schedule for 2021
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 written appointment will be sent via email. Confirmation of applied exams will be provided in the candidates’ appointment letter approximately one month before the exam.

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 2021 Examinations Dates

(Updated November 3, 2020)

Reminder
Exam dates and times are subject to change. Confirmation of written appointment will be sent via email two months before the 2021 exams. Confirmation of applied exams will be provided in the candidates’ appointment letter approximately one month before the exam.

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
Spring 2021 examinations - December 4, 2020

When: Spring examinations 2021

Written Exam Times
AM (Morning): 09:00 to 12:00
PM (Afternoon): 14:00 to 17:00

Please note:

Spring 2021
SPECIALTY COMPONENT EXAM DATE(S) TIME
Anatomical Pathology   Written March 25, 2021
March 26, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Anesthesiology* Written April 12, 2021
April 13, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied May 5-6, 2021  
Cardiac Surgery Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied June 15, 2021  
Dermatology Written April 19, 2021
April 20, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied June 14, 2021  
Diagnostic Radiology Written April 12, 2021
April 13, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied June 7, 2021  
Emergency Medicine Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied June 4, 2021  
General Internal Medicine** Written March 23, 2021 AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
General Pathology Written March 25, 2021
March 26, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
General Surgery Written April 8, 2021
April 9, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied June 3, 2021  
Geriatric Medicine** Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Hematological Pathology Written April 8, 2021
April 9, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied April 27, 2021  
Internal Medicine Written March 11, 2021
March 12, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied - English
Applied - French
May 10-14, 2021
May 11-12, 2021
 
Medical Biochemistry Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Medical Genetics and Genomics Written March 25, 2021
March 26, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied May 4, 2021  
Medical Microbiology Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied May 6, 2021  
Neurology Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied May 26, 2021  
Neuropathology Written March 25, 2021
March 26, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Neurosurgery Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied May 19-20, 2021  
Nuclear Medicine Written April 19, 2021
April 20, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied April 30, 2021  
Obstetrics & Gynecology Written April 8, 2021
April 9, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied May 27, 2021  
Ophthalmology Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied June 18, 2021  
Orthopedic Surgery Written April 19, 2021
April 20, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied May 3, 2021  
Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery* Written March 22, 2021
March 23, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied April 16, 2021  
Pediatrics Written March 25, 2021
March 26, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied June 8-9, 2021  
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Plastic Surgery Written March 22, 2021
March 23, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied April 13-14, 2021  
Psychiatry Written March 9, 2021 AM (Morning)
  Applied May 19-21, 2021  
Public Health & Preventive Medicine Written April 15, 2021
April 16, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied May 28, 2021  
Radiation Oncology Written April 8, 2021
April 9, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied April 20-21, 2021  
Rheumatology (adult)** Written April 19, 2021 PM (Afternoon)
  Applied June 17, 2021  
Urology Written March 22, 2021
March 23, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied April 18, 2021  
Vascular Surgery Written March 23, 2021 AM (Morning)
  Applied April 8, 2021  
* Last traditional cohort. Competence by Design (CBD) cohort will challenge their exams in Fall 2021.
** First CBD cohort.

Fall 2021 Examinations Dates

(Updated November 3, 2020)

Reminder
Exam dates and times are subject to change. Final exam dates and times will be available in early December 2020. Confirmation of written appointment will be sent via email two months before the 2021 exams. Confirmation of applied exams will be provided in the candidates’ appointment letter approximately one month before the exam.

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
Fall 2021 examinations – May 15, 2021

When: Fall specialty examinations 2021

Written Exam Times
AM (Morning): 09:00 to 12:00
PM (Afternoon): 14:00 to 17:00

Please note:


Fall 2021
SPECIALTY COMPONENT EXAM DATE(S) TIME
Adolescent Medicine Written October 7, 2021
October 8, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Anesthesiology** Written October 7, 2021
October 8, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied Spring 2022  
Cardiology (adult) Written September 14, 2021
September 15, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied October 13-14, 2021  
Cardiology (pediatric) Written September 17, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied October 29, 2021  
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Written September 17, 2021
N/A
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Clinical Immunology & Allergy Written September 17, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied October 15, 2021  
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Colorectal Surgery Written September 17, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Critical Care Medicine** Written September 23, 2021
September 24, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Developmental Pediatrics Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Endocrinology & Metabolism Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Forensic Pathology Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Forensic Psychiatry Written September 17, 2021 AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Gastroenterology** Written September 14, 2021
September 15, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
General Surgical Oncology Written September 23, 2021
September 24, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Geriatric Psychiatry Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Gynecologic Oncology Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Written September 17, 2021
N/A
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Hematology Written September 23, 2021
September 24, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied November 4-5, 2021  
Infectious Diseases Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Interventional Radiology Written September 17, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Written October 7, 2021
October 8, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Medical Oncology Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Written September 23, 2021
September 24, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Nephrology Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Neuroradiology Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Occupational Medicine Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery** Written September 14, 2021
September 15, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied October 7, 2021  
Pain Medicine Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Palliative Medicine Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Written September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Written October 7, 2021
October 8, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Pediatric Radiology Written September 20, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Pediatric Surgery Written September 17, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied October 5, 2021  
Respirology (adult) Written September 14, 2021
September 15, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied October 19, 2021  
Respirology (pediatric) Written September 17, 2021
N/A
AM (Morning)
  Applied October 6, 2021  
Rheumatology (pediatric)** Written September 23, 2021
September 24, 2021
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied N/A  
Surgical Foundations Written October 4, 2021
October 5, 2021
AM (Morning)
  Applied N/A  
Thoracic Surgery Written September 17, 2021
N/A
PM (Afternoon)
  Applied November 2, 2021  
** First CBD cohort.

Where

All candidates can choose to do their written 2021 exams in person at one of our regional exam centres in Canada or online via remote proctoring. The complete list of regional exam centres is below. We will not be adding any additional exam centres for 2021. The addresses of the exam centres will be released approximately six weeks prior to the exam date.

Regional exam centres in Canada:

How:

Important info on exam administration

Applied Exams

The applied exam will be virtual in 2021, not in-person and face-to-face. The Royal College will use technology to administer the applied component of all specialty exams. More details on the format of each specialty’s applied exam will be available in early November 2020.

Note: The 2022 exam calendars will be posted no later than March 2021.

Questions?
Contact exams2021@royalcollege.ca



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