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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 colleagues through interest and participation
  • Help colleagues realize their goal of attaining Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Meet and interact with colleagues from across the country
  • Enjoy a sense of accomplishment in contributing to the process
  • Earn Mainpro+® certified assessment credits

Get involved in the Certification Examination in Family Medicine

Written examination

There are opportunities to mark short-answer management problems (SAMPs), within two weeks after the examination, at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) offices in Mississauga. The time commitment required is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Marking usually requires two days for the spring examination and one day for the fall examination. Markers must be comfortable using computers.

Simulated Office Oral Examination (SOOs)

Volunteers are needed at the spring and fall examinations on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Mandatory training occurs all day on Friday and includes training videos and practice simulations. The SOOs take place on Saturday and Sunday with the time commitment varying depending on the number of candidates. The time commitment will be communicated in a confirmation letter.

  • 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.
  • SOO coordinators and assistant coordinators are 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 p.m. (ET).

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 occurs in Mississauga on a flexible schedule. The time commitment for the recording is approximately two hours.

Criteria

  • Examiner eligibility

    In order to participate in our exam process, examiners must be active members of the College with Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (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 five years after retirement, as long as they maintain Active membership with the College. 

  • 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. 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. 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’s reimbursement policy.

  • Examiner recruitment forms

    The Certification Examination in Family Medicine is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall and consists of:

    • Short-answer management problems (SAMPs) held on Thursday and/or Friday of the examination weekend, depending on the exam site
    • Five Simulated Office Oral (SOO) interviews taking place on Saturday and Sunday

    The CFPC is currently recruiting examiners to participate in the spring 2020 Certification Examination in Family Medicine.

    Complete an examiner recruitment form (login required).

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