Examining for CFPC

Examiner Recruitment Forms

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is currently recruiting examiners to participate in the Certification Examination in Family Medicine. Have questions about examining? Please contact us at [email protected]

Examiner Recruitment Form

The Certification Examination in Family Medicine is offered each year in the spring and fall. Candidates will be involved in testing over two days.

  • Short-Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) will be four hours in length and will take place on Friday of the examination weekend.
  • Five Simulated Office Oral (SOO) interviews will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Examiner Recruitment

Many family physicians throughout Canada have supported the examination process by volunteering their time to serve as examiners. There are many good reasons to get involved. Here are just a few:             

  • Set a good example for your colleagues through your interest and participation
  • Help your colleagues realize their goal of attaining Certification in Family Medicine
  • Meet and share ideas with colleagues from across the country
  • Enjoy a sense of accomplishment in contributing to the process
  • Examiners may claim Mainpro+® certified Assessment credit per hour of participation

Examiner Eligibility

In order to participate in our exam process, examiners must be active members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada with CCFP designation. 

Experience in examining is not necessary. Each centre will host an examination team that has both experienced and new examiners and training will be provided to orient all examiners to their task.

Experienced examiners who have retired from active practice may continue to examine for 5 years after retirement, as long as they maintain active membership with the College.  

How to get involved

Written examination (SAMPs)

SAMP markers: SAMP marking will take place within two weeks following the examination at the CFPC offices in Toronto. The time commitment required is 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Marking usually takes two days for the spring examination and one day for the fall examination. Markers must be comfortable using computers.

Oral examination (SOOs)

SOO examiners (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): Training occurs all day on Friday and participation is mandatory for all SOO examination personnel. SOOs take place on Saturday and Sunday*.

  • SOO examiners will role-play the patient and score the candidate according to a standardized marking scheme. Each simulation is constructed so that only an interview is necessary to define and manage the problem; a physical examination is not required. There will be an opportunity to view training videos and practice actual simulations during the mandatory training. The time commitment for the training is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday. SOOs take place on Saturday and Sunday and the time commitment will vary depending on the number of candidates.
  • SOO coordinators and assistant coordinators will be responsible for training the examiners, standardizing marking, identifying examiner/candidate scheduling conflicts, and supervising and validating examiner performance throughout the examination days. Coordinators also take part in a standardization teleconference on Friday at 6:00 pm (EST).

*NOTE: In all centers, current figures indicate that exam personnel will be required for three days (Friday, Saturday AND Sunday). However, candidate numbers often decline and a final decision on the necessity for Sunday for some centers will be communicated in our confirmation letter.

Examiner training video production (prior to examination dates)

During examiner training, videos are used to demonstrate the case and marking scheme. Volunteers are needed to act as the candidates in order to create two recorded re-enactments of each SOO case. Recording will occur in Toronto on a flexible schedule. The time commitment for the recording is approximately two hours. 

Examiner selection

Some of the roles examiners will fill have age and gender restrictions which means that in the selection process, we cannot guarantee that all interested members will be selected for the examination team.  

Centre selection will be based primarily on geographical proximity in order to control operational expenses and the examination fees borne by the candidates.  

In most cases, physicians will be assigned to a nearby university centre. A few examiners may be asked to travel to ensure all roles in all centres are appropriately filled.

Examiner Reimbursement

All examiners will be paid an honorarium per day of involvement.

Many SOO examiners will be required to travel to different cities in order to ensure that roles in all exam centres are appropriately filled. Examiners who are asked to travel will be reimbursed for travel expenses, based on the address on record at the time of examiner selection, as per the CFPC reimbursement policy.

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