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Resident doctors receive paid leave to sit the following exams:

  • LMCC I and/or LMCC II (also known as MCCQEI and MCCQEII)
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada certification
  • Royal College of Canada certification
  • any other certification exams granted at the discretion of the Program Director

Exams in another city = 4-5 days of exam leave. The leave consists of the day prior to outbound travel, the day of outbound travel, the day or two to sit the exam, and one day for return travel. 

Exams taken locally = 2-3 days of exam leave. The leave consists of the day prior to the exam and the day or two to sit the exam.

Examination leave days are not days available for call and should be subtracted from the total days available for call in the rotation. Additionally, resident doctors sitting written and/or oral examination components of the Royal College Subspecialty Exam or the College of Family Physician Exam are exempt from call for the three weeks prior to the exam. The remainder of the rotation will not incur additional call as a result.

Submit your leave request form

This is a standard PGME leave request form.  Please speak with your Program Administrative Assistant to ensure you have the correct form, as each program may have different or additional forms.

Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 13.5: Examination Leave

Article 13.5

A Resident shall receive paid leave to sit the following examinations:
• LMCC (II)
• College of Family Physicians of Canada certification
• Royal College of Canada certification

The period of paid leave shall comprise the following: the day prior to outbound travel, the day of outbound travel, one (1) or two (2) days as required to attend the actual examination, and one (1) day for return travel.
Leave of absence for any other certification examinations will be granted at the discretion of the Program Director and consistent with the above considerations as to duration.


Residents will not be scheduled on call three (3) weeks prior to their written or oral components of their Royal College Subspecialty Exam or College of Family Physician Exam. The remaining week of the twenty eight (28) day rotation will not incur additional on call as a result.

Article 9.11 Limitations of Work Periods

Article 9.11

Vacation time, sick leave and leave of absence for any purpose shall not be regarded as time available for on-call duty periods; rather, the number of duty periods shall be prorated to the number of days actually worked. (Article 12.0)