2023 March Preparation Course for the CCFP Exam: Pre-Course Modules


This course is designed for practice eligible physicians who are preparing to undertake the CCFP Exam*. The course will provide participants with an overview of the principles of family medicine, an overview of the patient-centred clinical method, an introduction to the Simulated Office Oral (SOO) component of the exam, skills and strategies to use in patient interviews that can be applied to the exam, four practice SOOs with feedback from experienced examiners, pre-course practice with Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) and feedback, an opportunity to practice writing SAMPs in an exam-like setting and to discuss the SAMP component of the exam.

The focus of this course is to help participants familiarize themselves with the format, types of questions, and marking scheme as well as to share tips and tricks on how  answer, and not to provide detailed educational teaching on the hot topics.

* NOTE: Content of this course is not endorsed by The College of Family Physicians of Canada nor is it reviewed by the Board of Examiners at the College to ensure alignment with the CCFP certification examination. Participating in the course does not guarantee success on the certification examination.

Completion of the online pre-course module is mandatory prior to attending the workshop activity. We do track the completion of the online module to ensure the expected learning outcome. 


It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.

There are required learning activities in the course, such as reviewing video materials, viewing and downloading PDF resources.

‘RESUME LEARNING”: Please be aware that it may take you up to one hour to complete the modules. For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.

Completion of the Online Modules: Once you have completed the modules, you will receive an email confirmation of your completion of the pre-course online activity.


At the end of this course, learners will be equipped to:

  • Develop skills and strategies to use in patient interviews
  • Demonstrate the patient-centered clinical method in simulated examination stations
  • Apply a planned approach to components (SOOs and SAMPs) of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine
  • Recognize techniques to improve performance at the Certification Examination in Family Medicine




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*** Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.***

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.