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Over the past year the COVID-19 pandemic forced significant changes to the delivery of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine. On behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) we want to thank everyone involved with our examinations for your patience and understanding. We recognize that already difficult situations are made more stressful when exam pressure is combined with pandemic uncertainty.
We believe the continuing COVID-19 conditions require that we plan now for the 2021 exam process. Our priorities continue to be ensuring everyone’s safety, fairness to candidates, validity of the examination instrument, and feasibility of administration. We hope by announcing details now for the year ahead it will provide candidates with sufficient advance notice for greater certainty about, and confidence in, the required exam delivery changes, and reduce anxiety.

Please note the following decisions regarding the Certification Examination in Family Medicine for the year 2021:that the Simulated Office Oral (SOO) component of both the 2021 spring and fall certification exams is cancelled for all other than those impacted by the requirement outlined below.
  • For candidates writing the Certification exam in Family Medicine for the first time in 2021, the Simulated Office Oral (SOO) component is cancelled and certification decisions will be based on successfully passing the Short Answer Management Problem (SAMP) component only. (This is the same as 2020.)
  • For candidates who currently have a Fail-standing from a previous SAMP component, or who receive a Fail-standing from the October 2020 administration when the results are released in December 2020, the CFPC will only require the SAMP component of the exam to be re-taken in 2021, and if successful then certification will be awarded. This is updated information from what was previously communicated.
  • For those who currently have a Fail-standing on the SOO component of the exam and need to repeat it to achieve certification, we will be offering a special virtual administration of the SOO component in the spring of 2021. We will share further details shortly regarding this special administration that only applies to this select group.
Our ongoing commitment is to provide a quality certification exam that is relevant for all candidates. With this in mind, while the SOO component is on hold (except for those who need to repeat it), we will start the work of updating and renewing the performance aspect of our examination. Our goal is to complete a comprehensive assessment-review and examination-blueprinting exercise that will then guide us to: renew and refresh how we assess the patient-centered clinical method, consider what new competencies should be included for testing, ensure our future exam delivery is pandemic-proof in format, and reduce our overall carbon footprint.

Further details on all the changes taking place to the certification exam will be shared in the new year.

For up to date information on Prometric test center status, please refer to the following links

Site Closures List: provides a list of all closed test centers, including last-minute closures (closing early or entirely) due to unforeseen events. We follow our normal displacement process for any impacted candidates.

Site Status List: reflects the operational standing of each test center following COVID-related closures. This list is updated as needed to reflect any changes in status, including program eligibility and occupancy status.

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