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Resident doctors receive paid leave as described below when taking the following four exams:

1. Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCCQEI)

2. Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part II (MCCQEII)

3. The College of Family Physicians of Canada Certification Exam

4. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Certification Exam

Note: Permission for leave for other certification exams not listed here will be at the discretion of the Program Director.


Exams in another city = 4 to 5 days of exam leave:

Day 1: the day prior to outbound travel

Day 2: the day of outbound travel

Day 3-4: the day(s) to sit the exam

Day 4/5: the day of return travel


Exams taken locally = 2 to 3 days of exam leave:

Day 1: the day prior to the exam

Day 2-3: the day(s) 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.

Relevant Articles from the Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 13.5 Examination Leave

Article 13.5

A Resident shall receive paid leave to sit the following examinations:

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCCQEI)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part II (MCCQEII)
  • 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. When travel is not required, the period of paid leave shall comprise of the day prior to the exam, and one (1) or two (2) days as required to attend the actual examination.

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 each oftheir written and 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 13.6

Leave for any reason specified in Articles 13.1 to 13.5 inclusive shall not be deducted from regular vacation entitlement.

Article 9.12

Article 9.12

Program Directors will make copies of all duty schedules available to RDoS through the secretarial staff with the assistance of the Administrative Resident.

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 pro-rated to the number of days actually worked. (Articles 12.0 and 13.0)