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.

This study group is designed around feedback, both oral and written to individuals and the group with a focus on steady improvement. Please be aware this is not a discussion group.

* Dates and delivery mode of the study group may be subject to change. Registered participants will be notified via email and updates will be posted on our webpage.

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 intention to take the MCCQE1 within 12 months or provide proof of registration for an upcoming exam date
  • Attend the mandatory screening session. Screening includes a one-on-one interview 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.  

Screening Process: 

Type of screening: Oral - for invited participants only

Date: June 14, 2023 (for the July to August group) and August 31, 2023 (for the September to October group)*

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm (participants will be assigned time slots)

Delivery method: Online 

Important information regarding screening:

  • Assessments are based on CaNMEDS roles
  • Notification regarding acceptance or decline will be sent via email
  • Written feedback will be given on areas requiring improvement
  • All decisions are final
  • Participants may reapply for future screening if unsuccessful
Delivery Method:


Please note participant will require access to a laptop or PC and high speed internet suitable for audio and video streaming. A cell phone is not suitable for participation.

Required Textbook:

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

Suggested Reading:

MCC Objectives


June 20 - August 12, 2023 *


September 5 to October 14, 2023 *


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Tuesdays) and 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Saturdays). Sessions are likely to be scheduled on alternate days of the week to accommodate facilitators schedules.

Important Information:

  • Sessions are physician led with a focused review
  • The objective of the study group is to improve critical thinking, clinical reasoning and exam skills

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 the mandatory screening session 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