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The Best Questions and Cases for the MCCEE & MCCQE

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Issue 09 October 2011

Opportunities for
   Question Writers
NEW! Forum and
   Headline News Bar

Opportunities for
   International Medical
   Graduates in Canada

Post-Graduate Training
   in the United States
   Residency Match Statistics

The Canadian Federation
   of Medical Students

Future Features
    Step 1: Take the exams
    Step 2: Learn more
    Step 3: Obtain a residency
    Step 4: Obtain a license
    Step 5: Find a job
Important Websites

Opportunities for Question Writers

USMLE Step 1 Content Developers

CanadaQBank continues to develop the very best questions and cases for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating and Qualifying exams (the MCCEE, the MCCQE Part 1 and the MCCQE Part 2) and the United States Medical Licensing Exam (the USMLE Step 1).

We would like to hire some motivated and talented physicians who can contribute their time and knowledge to help us develop our QBank for the USMLE Step 1.

Detailed information about the USMLE Step 1 can be found here.

This is what we need developed:

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) developed for the USMLE Step 1


Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Pathology & Pathophysiology
Microbiology & Immunology

Sample USMLE Step 1 Multiple Choice Question:
A 54 year old woman suffering from influenza deteriorates and develops shaking chills and a high fever. Physical examination is remarkable for dullness to percussion at the left base and decreased breath sounds on the left. Chest x-ray confirms the diagnosis of lobar pneumonia, presumed to be caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. The patient has no known drug allergies. Which of the following antibiotics would be most appropriate to treat the patient's condition?

A. Cefotaxime
B. Chloramphenicol
C. Erythromycin
D. Penicillin
E. Vancomycin

The correct answer is D. Penicillin remains the first-line drug of choice for pneumococcal pneumonia, except in patients with penicillin allergy and in the relatively few areas in which pneumococcal strains with high-level penicillin resistance exist. Alternative therapies include erythromycin and vancomycin. The third-generation cephalosporin cefotaxime (choice A) is not usually used for pneumococcal pneumonia. Chloramphenicol (choice B) is not usually used for pneumococcal pneumonia. Erythromycin (choice C) is a good alternative therapy for pneumococcal pneumonia, but is usually used only when a penicillin allergy is present. Vancomycin (choice E) is not the first-line therapy, but it is a good alternative
in patients allergic to penicillin or when high-level penicillin resistance (relatively uncommon) is present.

How it works:

Once you have completed the development of a case, please email it to us at: [email protected].

You can work at your own pace.

When we receive it, we will review the questions or cases. If they need any editing or improvement, we will inform you.

Once the questions or cases are approved, we will send payment directly to your PayPal account. Then we will add the questions and cases to our website.

Ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent English and grammar skills
  • Medical school student or graduate
  • International medical graduates are most welcome


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  • Physicians with excellent communication and teaching skills may be considered for long-term involvement with future CanadaQBank projects, including development of our flashcards and videos in the near future.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants are encouraged to submit their CV to: [email protected]

We will send you:

  • A Guide on how to develop USMLE Step 1 questions
  • Numerous Sample USMLE Step 1 Questions
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We will provide step-by-step guidance while you are creating questions and cases. We need your help and expertise!

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Opportunities for International Medical
Graduates in Canada

Applicants applying for a license for entry to general practice who are assessed as ineligible may be eligible to enter the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training Program (CSAT) which has been developed by the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Satisfactory completion of the CSAT will fulfill the clinical training requirements and enable you to continue the application process for a provisional license. For more information:

The Clinician Assessment for Practice Program is a program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. It is intended for International Medical Graduate (IMG) physicians who believe they are practice-ready for entry into family practice without additional formal residency training in Canada. For more information:

A restricted license is available, in very limited circumstances, for certain foreign-trained physicians for direct employment by a hospital or institution. For more information:

Under current rules, doctors with a degree from outside Canada or the United States can practice medicine in the Canadian province of Québec by obtaining a restrictive permit. For more information:

In Ontario, IMGs must go through the match with CaRMS (

But the Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA) offers examinations that an IMG applicant can take that will help boost their application with CaRMS. For more information visit:

MLPIMG: The Medical Licensure Program for International Medical Graduates (MLPIMG) is a one-year training program that will help foreign-trained physicians obtain medical licensure to practice as primary care physicians in Manitoba.

IMG-ACL: The International Medical Graduate Assessment for Conditional Licensure (IMGACL) is a three-month assessment process that will assess practice-ready IMG physicians previous training in order to obtain medical licensure to practice as primary care physicians in Manitoba. For more information:

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan is developing a new Saskatchewan-based assessment process designed to recruit more foreign-trained physicians to the province.

The new program is currently being developed. Details about the new program will be posted on the website as they become available. For more information and updates visit:

The AIMG program provides a route to registration for IMGs who are Canadian citizens residing in Alberta and are not able to obtain registration through other routes. For more information: Also read about the: Alberta Health Services Physician Preceptorship Program for International Medical Graduates -

The IMG-BC program expects candidates to have passed standard Canadian medical entry-level examinations such as the MCCEE and MCCQE Part 1, as well as having the ability to communicate effectively in English. Further evaluation will include a 16-station OSCE, followed by an optional 1-week orientation and a 12-week clinical assessment offered to the top 35 candidates.

There are 18 IMG first-iteration residency positions – 12 in Family Medicine and 6 in Specialties.

The positions will be posted on the CaRMS website and will be announced on a yearly basis. For more information:

Other provinces or territories in Canada may have similar programs or pathways, so you are encouraged to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the province or territory you are interested in. All the contact info is here:

Please keep in mind that "CaRMS" is the main pathway to obtain a post-graduate (residency) training position in Canada. For more information about CaRMS:

But, as we have listed above, there are other paths IMGs can take in order to obtain a license to practice medicine in Canada.

Post-Graduate Training in the United States Residency Match Statistics

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The Canadian Federation of Medical Students

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is the national representative body of medical students in Canada. They have a membership of over 7000 medical students. The organization represents the voice of Canadian medical students to the federal government, public, and national medical organizations.

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Visit their site to discover a wonderful collection of useful resources and information.


Future Features (in development)

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  8. USMLE Step 1 QBank
    (Yes, finally!)

Please send us your ideas and suggestions for the above to: [email protected]

To thank you for your ideas and suggestions, we will send
you a coupon to be used to purchase a subscription at a discounted price.



Steps to becoming a licensed practicing physician in Canada:

Step 1: Take the exams

Medical Licensing Exams of Canada

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Take the exams --> Medical Council of Canada:

Step 2:
Learn as much as you can
about how to be a physician
in Canada

IMG Support Groups and
Information resources

Association of International
Medical Doctors of British Columbia

c/o Coordinator, BCITP Net
(British Columbia Internationally Trained Professionals Network)
Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society
1107-7330 137th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A3
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (604) 729-6598

Alberta International Medical
Graduates Association (AIMGA)

1209 Edmonton Trail NE, Suite 205
Calgary, Alberta T2G 3K8
Tel: (403) 520-7730 or
(877) 520-7730
Email: [email protected]

Association of Foreign Medical Graduates
of Manitoba (AFMGM)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (204) 284-8509
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (AIPSO)
2 Carlton Street, Suite 820
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 979-8611
Fax: (416) 979-9853
Email: [email protected]

Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals:

Hamilton International
Healthcare Professionals
c/o Settlement and Integration Services (SISO)

360 James Street North, Lower Concourse
Hamilton, ON L8L 1H5
Tel: (905) 521-9917 ext 256
Fax: (905) 521-9216
Email: [email protected]

Immigrant Settlement &
Integration Services
Suite 2120 (second floor)
Mumford Professional Centre
6960 Mumford Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 4P1
Tel: (902) 423-3607
Toll free: 1-866-431-6472
Fax: (902) 423-3154
Email: [email protected]

c/o Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
46 Mount Hope Street,
Kitchener, ON N2G2J3
Tel: (519) 745-2531
Fax: (519) 745-5857
Email: [email protected]

c/o London Cross Cultural Learner Centre 505 Dundas Street,
London, ON N6B 1W4
Tel: (519) 432-1133
Fax: (519) 660-6168
Email: [email protected]

Welland/ Niagara-St. Catharines
c/o Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre
26 East Main Street,
Welland, ON L3B3W3
Tel: (905) 732-5337 (Welland)
Tel: (905) 685-1353 (St. Catharines)
Email: [email protected]

c/o Catholic Immigration Centre
219 Argyle Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K2P2H4
Tel: (613) 232-9634 |
Fax: (613) 232-3660
Email: [email protected]

c/o Windsor-Essex International
Medical Graduates
P.O. Box 27056
7720 Tecumseh Road
East Windsor, ON N8T 3N5
Tel: (519) 991-0763
Email: [email protected]

c/o Guelph and
District Multicultural Centre
212 Speedvale Avenue West, Unit 7
Guelph, ON N1H1C4
Tel: (519) 836-2222
Fax: (519) 837-2884
Email: [email protected]

International Medical Graduates (IMGs):

Association of International Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia (AIPSNS)
c/o Association of International Physicians
& Surgeons of Nova Scotia
One Research Drive
Dartmouth Nova Scotia B2Y 4M9
Tel: (902) 442-4655
Email: [email protected]

Step 3:
Obtain a residency
(post graduate training
position) in Canada

Specific Programs for
International Medical Graduates

British Columbia:

International Medical Graduates of
British Columbia (IMG-BC) Program

661-1190 Hornby Street Vancouver,
British Columbia V6Z 2K5
Tel: (604) 682-2344 local 62655
Fax: (604) 806-9902
Email: [email protected]


Alberta International Medical
Graduate Program

University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine
Room G212, Health Sciences Centre
3330 Hospital Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1
Tel: (403) 210-8184
Fax: (403) 210-8166
Email: [email protected]

Calgary Clinical Assistants Program
Southport Tower
10301 Southport Lane SW, #5122
Calgary, Albert T2W 1S7
Tel: (403) 943-0764
Fax: (403) 943-0916
Web: http://www.calgaryhealth

Clinical Opportunities for
International Medical Graduates
in Alberta

IMGCP - International Medical
Clinical Preceptorship

IMGSP - International Medical
Graduate Surgical Preceptorship

Capital Health, Medical Affairs

Physician Preceptorship Programs
Suite 500, North Tower,
Capital Health Center
10030 – 107 Street, Edmonton,
AB T5J 3E4
Tel: (780) 735-0702
Fax (780) 735-0756
Email: [email protected]


Pilot Project for the
Assessment of IMGs

The College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Saskatchewan

Associate Registrar
211 4th Avenue South
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 1N1
Tel: (306) 244-7355
Email: [email protected]


Medical Licensure Program for
International Medical Graduates

c/o International Medical Graduates
Program (IMGP)
University of Manitoba Faculty
of Medicine
270 – 727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3P5
Tel: (204) 789-3616


CEHPEA: Centre for the
Evaluation of Health
Professionals Educated Abroad

80 Bloor Street West, 9th Floor -
Suite 902
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2V1
Tel: (416) 924-8622 |
Fax: (416) 924-8921
Email: [email protected]


Reconnaissance d'équivalence
du Diplôme universitaire en
médecine et de la formation

Collège des médecins du Québec
2170, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, Québec, H3H 2T8
Tel: (512) 933-4441
Toll Free: 1-888-633-3246|
Fax: (512) 933-3112
Email: [email protected]

Recrutement Santé Québec
(Recruitment Health Quebec)

Direction de la main-d'oeuvre
médicale (Medical Workforce

Ministère de la Santé et des
Services Sociaux (Department
of Health and Social Services)

1075, chemin Ste-Foy, 10th floor
Québec (Québec) G1S 2M1
Fax: (418) 266-6978
Email: [email protected]

Nova Scotia:

Clinician Assessment for
Practice Program (CAPP)

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Suite 200, 1559 Brunswick St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3J 2G1
Tel: (902) 482-2917
Toll-free (Nova Scotia only):
1 (877) 282-7767 |
Fax: (902) 422-7476
Email: [email protected]


Clinical Skills Assessment
and Training (CSAT) Program

Program Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine,
Memorial University of Newfoundland
c/o Western Memorial Regional Hospital
P.O. Box 2005,
Corner Brook,
Newfoundland and Labrador,
A2H 6J7
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (709) 639-2728
Fax: (709) 634-9175

Step 4:
Obtain a license to practice medicine in Canada

Licensure Authorities

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of British Columbia

Suite 400, 858 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1C1
Tel: (604) 733-7758 or 1-800-461-3008
Fax: (604) 733-3503 (general)
(604) 694-6104 (registration)
Email: [email protected] or
[email protected]

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Alberta

900 Manulife Place
10180 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4P8
Tel: (780) 423-4764
Physicians-only line: 1-800-320-8624
Fax: (780) 420-0651
Email: [email protected]

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Saskatchewan

211 Fourth Avenue South
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1N1
Tel: (306) 244-7355 or 1-800-667-1668
Fax: (306) 244-0090 (general)
(306) 244-2600 (registrar)
Email: [email protected]

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Manitoba

1000 - 1661 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3T7
Tel: (204) 774-4344
Fax: (204) 774-0750

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Ontario

80 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2E2
Tel: (416) 967-2603 or
1-800-268-7096 (general);
(416) 967-2606 (physicians only)
Email: [email protected]

Le Collège des médecins du Québec
(College of Physicians of Quebec)

2170, boulevard René-Levesque Ouest
Montréal, QC H3H 2T8
Tel: (512) 933-4441 ou
Fax: (512) 933-3112
Email: [email protected]

College of Physicians and Surgeons
of New Brunswick

1 Hampton Road, Suite 300
Rothesay, NB E2E 5K8
Tel: (506) 849-5050 or
Fax: (506) 849-5069
Email: [email protected]

College of Physicians and Surgeons
of Newfoundland & Labrador

139 Water Street, Suite 603
St. John's, NL A1C 1B2
Tel: (709) 726-8546 |
Fax: (709) 726-4725
Email: [email protected]

College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Suite 5005 - 7071 Bayers Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 2C2
Tel: (902) 422-5823 or
1-877-282-7767 (toll-free)
Fax: (902) 422-5035
Email: [email protected]

College of Physicians and Surgeons
of Prince Edward Island

199 Grafton Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1L2
Tel: (902) 566-3865
Fax: (902) 566-3986

Yukon Medical Council
c/o Registrar of Medical Practitioners
Box 2703 C-5
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Tel: (867) 667-5111 | Fax: (867) 667-3609
Email: [email protected]

Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
Medical Registration Committee

PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Tel: (867) 920-8058 | Fax: (867) 873-0484
Email: [email protected]

Department of Health and Social
Services Government of Nunavut
Medical Registration Committee
Professional Licensing

2nd Floor NCC Building, Box 390
Kugluktuk, NU X0B 0E0
Tel: (867) 975-5700 |
Fax: (867) 975-5705
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.nunavut-

Step 5: Find a job as a physician

Physician Recruitment

British Columbia:


Calgary, Alberta:





New Brunswick:

Nova Scotia:




NorthWest Territories:


Important Websites

IMG Canada:

Communication and Cultural Competence Program:

Foreign Credentials Referral Office:

Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC):

Canadian Resident Matching Service:

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada:

Canadian Association of Interns and Residents:

Canadian Post-M.D. Educational Registry:

Canadian Federation of Medical Students:

College of Family Physicians of Canada:

Canadian Medical Association:

Canadian Medical Association Journal:

Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine:

Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada:

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:

Health Canada:

Ontario Medical Association:

Society of Rural Physicians of Canada:

Going to Canada:

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