COVID-19: update #4

With the World Health Organization’s declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly evolving situation in Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has had to postpone all exams, including the written exams for March and April, which will have an impact on oral exams this spring.

We regret having to make this decision and the understandable impact this may have. We are working with local university partners and resident groups (RDoC and FMRQ) to deliver the exams as soon as feasible with no additional cost to you. We are actively working to deliver the exams as we are enabled by the coronavirus situation. This is a top priority for the Royal College.

The Royal College has been in discussions with Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) to confirm that alternative licensing arrangements are possible in all jurisdictions if candidates who have completed their training cannot for reasons of the pandemic complete their examinations.

FMRAC has polled all jurisdictions. From the information provided all 10 provincial regulatory authorities have confirmed that they have mechanisms (authority or discretion) to provide temporary, restrictive or provisional licensure to residents who have completed their Canadian residency programs but have yet to complete their examination.

There are slight variations among provinces and the Royal College and program directors may have to provide specific supporting information.

COVID-19 and impact on meetings

At this point in time, the decision has been made to not hold in-person meetings up until April 30, 2020. All meetings are either being held virtually or postponed until a later date. Decisions for meetings beyond this date will be made as the situation evolves. We are committed to keeping you informed throughout this pandemic.

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