Format of the Examination in Forensic Psychiatry

The examination consists of a written-only component that includes one 3-hour paper, containing 35-45 short-answer questions (SAQs). The written component measures knowledge and the application of knowledge necessary to function as a competent specialist in Forensic Psychiatry. Most questions will concentrate on the medical expert role, but some can also assess other intrinsic CanMEDS roles (Communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar and professional). The pass mark for written examinations is 70%.

The subjects covered in this examination will be related to:

All questions may have associated visual material attached.

Blueprint and Content of the Examination

Classification % Marks*
1. History 0 - 5
2. Ethics 5 - 10
3. Criminal Forensic Psychiatry 10 - 15
4. Special Populations 5 - 15
5. Expert Witness 5 - 15
6. Risk Assessment 5 - 15
7. Correctional 5 - 15
8. Malingering 5 - 15
9. Review Board 5 - 15
10. Civil 5 - 15
11. Violence 10 – 15
12. Research 0 - 5
13. Administration 0 - 5

*The ranges are approximate and may vary slightly

Questions may cover all competencies as described in the Objectives of Training in the Subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry.

Reference/Study Materials

Study materials include, but are not limited to:

The items are developed and reviewed by multiple examiners on the examination board to insure relevance and clarity. All candidates should be aware that regional differences in terminology may not be reflected in the exam. The terminology used in the exam has been vetted by both a translator and a linguistic reviewer. It reflects standard terminology appropriate for your specialty. Note that only DSM-5 classification will be accepted.

No equipment is required and electronic devices are not allowed. A calculator will be provided if necessary.


All electronic devices must be surrendered during registration. The devices will be returned following the end of the examination (or sequestering period if applicable).

Revised April 2020