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.

COVID-19: update #3

The Royal College holds the safety of our staff, volunteers, residents and partners as our top priority. Based on the World Health Organization calling COVID-19 a pandemic, we are working to explore options for spring exams. The Royal College is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to keep you updated.

COVID-19 and any potential impact on meetings

At this time, all meetings are also moving forward as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to keep you updated. We are also planning for the possibility of conducting some meetings virtually, if necessary.

The Royal College sincerely appreciates the work of our volunteers and we understand that you may also be impacted by COVID-19 both professionally and/or personally. If a situation arises where you are unable to attend your meeting, we fully understand and ask that you contact your meeting administrator with any changes.