Study Group Description:

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE1) study group focuses on assisting international medical graduates in reviewing competencies as outlined by the Medical Council of Canada’s Objectives for the Qualifying Examination through practice exams and/or oral review with a facilitator. The sessions are focused at the clinical clerkship level as a review of clinical knowledge, ethics, professionalism and cultural competencies. Sessions will strengthen critical thinking, decision making abilities and exam taking skills.

Limited spaces are available in the MCCQE1 study group.

Licensing Body:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

Examining Body:

Medical Council of Canada (MCC)

Provincial Stakeholder:

Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP)

Other Stakeholder:

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)


Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed physicians or senior residents


No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be an international medical graduate
  • Have registered for an upcoming MCCQE1 exam and provide proof
  • Attend the mandatory screening sessions. Screening includes one-on-one interviews and a written exam designed to assess clinical knowledge, language fluency and attitude towards learning
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules and group protocols
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator

Acceptance to the MCCQEI study group requires participation in a screening process.  There is a two-part screening process for a seat in the MCCQEI study group.  Eligible clients must pass step one before advancing to step two.

Step one: - Subject to change Written Exam: Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2020 Time:  TBD Location:  Bow Valley College, 345 - 6 Avenue SE

Important information:

  • You must bring Alberta picture identification
  • No books, pens, watches or cell phones are permitted
  • All belongings will be in a locker, or at the front of the testing room under supervision of a room monitor, inaccessible during the exam

** If successful with the exam you will be invited to step two via email.

Step Two: Subject to changeIn class screening – for invited participants only Dates:  Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Time:  6:00-9:00 pm Location:  Bow Valley College, 345 – 6th Avenue SE Room: TBA to those invited

Important information:

  • These sessions will involve group and individual work
  • In class assessments are based on CaNMEDS roles
  • All decisions are final
  • Notification regarding acceptance or decline will be sent via email
Delivery Method:


Required Textbook:

Toronto Notes (current edition) for Medical Students, University of Toronto Press

Suggested Reading:

MCC Objectives

Start Date:

Tuesday, August 4, 2020



What are the steps to find out if you can join the MCCQE1 study group?
  1. Call Directions for Immigrants and make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155
  2. Complete your online registration form
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach. Potential clients will be added to a list and will be notified of the screening sessions via email
  5. Clients must attend mandatory screening sessions as noted above
  6. Clients will be notified via email as to acceptance or decline
  7. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group