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When is the best time to write MCCQE Pt1 as an USMD?

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Hi, I am a Canadian citizen studying at an US MD program (second year). I am considering applying to Canadian residency programs, so I will need to write the MCCQE Pt 1. I have a couple of questions:

1. When is the best time to write the MCCQE Pt 1 as an USMD? We typically do USMLE Step 1 (the US residency entrance exam) between 2nd and 3rd year, so my school gave us some free time for that. Should I write the MCCQE Pt 1 at the same time?

2. What other exams do I need to write before starting residency in Canada? MCCQE Pt2?

3. Has anyone done both the USMLE and MCCQE? Would you mind commenting on how those two compares? Are they similar enough that studying for them both won't require too much additional time than if you were to study for only one of those?

4. How do I sign up for the MCCQE Pt1? I had to go a ridiculously weird process to sign up for the USMLE where I had to get my school's signature/stamp and mail a letter. But I am not affiliated with a Canadian medical school, so I'm assuming that the sign up process will be even worse for the MCCQE? 


Thank you!! 

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2 hours ago, JohnGrisham said:

Around the same time as step 2 ck. But check on the carms website for deadlines of when they need the score. I have heard its generally easier than CK, but need to know Canadian values and Canadian preventative med guidelines and ethics etc.

Thank you for the reply. I just found another similar thread and they mentioned that someone in my position (Canadian USMD applying to Canadian residencies) may not need the MCCQE? They said I'll need MCCEE? What is MCCEE? lol I'm getting all confused by all these terms. What is the name of the major exam taken by Canadian medical students where their exam performance is a huge component of their competitiveness for a certain residency position? AKA the USMLE Step 1 equivalent. Thank you!! 


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