FAQs About The CCFP Exam
AT THE COURSE: The Review Course Experience
What's The Review Course like?
The Review Course is a highly-rated, fast-paced, high-yield review of the 105 topics. Read comments from physicians who attended The Review Course
How long is The Review Course?
We've updated our course format and The Review Course now includes an entire session dedicated solely to exam prep tips and tricks. We then go over the 105 topics over two days as part of Vital FM Update.
Can the 105 topics be covered in 2 days?
The course outline shows how it is done. The Review Course is targeted to Canadian resident physicians who have learned the material before; the course is a fast-paced, efficient review which covers the most important things to know about the 105 Topics.
Does The Review Course include a mock SOO exam?
The Review Course does not currently offer a mock SOO examination for several reasons. First, the majority of our attendees have told us on evaluations that the prefer lecture format only. Second, we want to keep the course affordable for trainees, as multiple mock examiners can drive up the price. Also, Canadian family medicine residency programs typically provide several mock SOO exams (and the SOO is a unique exam - we strongly recommend you attend as many SOO practice sessions as you can!). Finally, other private companies already provide mock SOOs. No company or program currently provides the high-yield, two-day review of the core family medicine topics and The Review Course Exam Habits that The Review Course offers. All of the family medicine topics covered in The Review Course are testable on the Family Medicine exam.
Who is teaching The Review Course?
The course is designed and taught by Canadian Family Physicians with outstanding teaching skills. Check out our faculty
What are the fees used for?
Since we started The Review Course we have set the course fees at a break-even level, and work hard to make the course affordable for attendees.
Running The Review Course has a high overhead; your fees go towards multiple expenses, including:
Will my dietary needs be met?
We will make every effort to arrange with the venue kitchen to meet your needs; specify your dietary needs when you register. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that your dietary needs can be 100% accommodated.
I failed the SOOs / I failed the SAMPs. Can I attend just one part of The Review Course?
The Review Course provides tips, tricks, and strategies to prepare you for both components of the CCFP exam. These are presented in an integrated fashion as you review all of the 105 topics while getting the latest updates on guidelines relevant to the exam. Because these are all presented throughout the course, The Review Course is not divided into a SOO and SAMP section, and therefore these components cannot be separated.
SIGNING UP: When, Who, and How?
Who should take The Review Course?
Everybody is welcome!
When should I take The Review Course?
Our attendees often recommend taking The Review Course as early as possible in your exam preparation. This will allow you to use The Review Course exam habits well in advance as you study for your exam. We have attendees in their R1 year, R2 year, as well as practice-eligible physicians who are months away from writing their exam.
Can Practicing Physicians / Nurse Practitioners attend The Review Course?
We are thrilled that we have gotten interest from other health providers and practicing physicians have also attended. Anybody can attend! We've also had interest from people writing other medical exams!
I took The Review Course and failed, can I claim a free registration?
Fortunately, we only hear this question once or twice a year (honest) - most of our attendees pass the exam!
How can I sign up for The Review Course?
Can I attend The Review Course a second time?
Absolutely! We have already had several attendees who attended in R1 come back to join us for a second time in their R2 year, or practice-eligible physicians who have attended twice.
If I sign up early, is there a discount?
Absolutely. There is an early bird discount for many of our courses. See our Registration page for more information.
Can I cancel? Can I make changes to my registration?
No problem. Unexpected things happen and plans change, and we all click the wrong button sometimes. We get it.
What is included in my registration fee? (in-person events)
What if I registered but I'm not able to attend The Review Course due to weather, personal, or other reasons?
We are sorry about your situation. We receive these requests frequently, and unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate ANY changes to registrations (including discounts, cancellations, refunds, or transfers) within one month prior to The Review Course, regardless of the reason or special circumstances, as per the terms you agreed to when you purchased your registration.
After that time, we have used your registration fees for several commitments, most of which are non-refundable, including:
- renting a venue that suits your needs
- meals, breaks, beverages for both days
- development of the updated The Review Course Manual with all of the latest guideline updates you need to know
- physician time for course content literature search and innovation
- administration of the course
- transaction fees
- physician speaker travel, time, and accommodation
- audio-visual needs
- equipment to run the course in multiple cities
- mandatory venue insurance and fees
- additional exam preparation resources that we provide for free on our website and at The Reveiw Course
We work hard to run the course at a break-even level to keep costs down for our attendees. In other words, we do not overcharge attendees to cover for the cost of cancellations. For these reasons we are very sorry that we do not have funds available to refund you.
We are very sorry that we cannot make exceptions.
In the unlikely event that The Review Course is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, we pledge to notify our registrants as soon as we can, and we will refund any unused portion of your registration fees. Unfortunately, we are not able to reimburse for travel, accommodation, or other attendee expenses regardless of the situation.
For this reason we STRONGLY recommend you obtain travel insurance as well as insurance that covers unforeseen events including the cost of the course fees. Such insurance is available for purchase from third party insurance vendors however The Review Course does not recommend any single insurance provider.
STUDY GUIDE: The Review Course Manual
Can you mail me the manual in advance?
All attendees will receive their paper course book upon arrival at The Review Course for in-person courses. Sorry, we no longer mail course books in advance; we have trialed this in the past, however this trial was discontinued as only a small minority of attendees requested it, and we experienced several challenges with undeliverable mail or forgotten manuals. As a result, we now provide all attendees with The Review Course Manual upon arrival.
I didn't sign up for The Review Course. Can I buy The Review Course Manual?
Unfortunately our course manual is only available to people who register for our course. This is because we spend a substantial portion of time at The Review Course teaching and practicing several concise exam habits that we have developed after extensive analysis of the CCFP's public exam materials over the last few years.
What's in The Review Course Manual?
All the slides for The Review Course overview of the 105 topics
Updates for major guidelines released in the months before The Review Course
Nearly 200 sample SAMP and SOO questions written by The Review Course faculty, with answers
Study tips, exam habits, and memory aids to keep you sharp
Improvements and additions to existing sections
Bonus sections and quizzes
GETTING THERE: Travel and Accommodations
Where should I stay?
See our Dates & Locations page for our locations - be sure to choose a hotel nearby. Contact your provincial medical association to inquire about possible discounts or government rates. The Review Course does not endorse any particular hotel.
Do you offer airline discounts?
The Review Course founders have been residents recently and we know money is tight, so we've negotiated special group discount rates for Air Canada, the Official Canadian Airline of The Review Course. You'll be e-mailed these discount codes with your registration confirmation. Be sure to use it when you book your flight, as the airline will not apply the discount retroactively.
Does this course replace studying?
The Review Course assumes that you have graduated with a MD or equivalent degree, and already have a working understanding of family medicine topics. The Family Medicine Certification exam cannot be prepared for in three days, and you will need to spend time preparing on your own. However, The Review Course will teach you what to focus on, highlight the important Canadian guidelines, help you with easy-to-remember pearls, and give you strategies and tools to prepare for the exam.
Does The Review Course offer one-on-one Skype or in-person coaching?
The Review Course in Family Medicine is lecture-based series to review the 105 topics and provide exam prep strategies to prepare you for the CCFP exam. Sorry, we do not offer one-on-one coaching at this time.
What if my question isn't answered here?
CME: Mainpro+, CCFP, LMCC
Is The Review Course a prep course for the LMCC / MCCQE / PRA-BC exam?
The Review Course in Family Medicine is targeted to family medicine residents enrolled in Canadian residency programs about to write the certification exam for family medicine.
Can I get CME / CPD / Mainpro+ credits for attending The Review Course?
The Review Course covers core knowledge and critical cutting-edge recent updates from recent guidelines and articles relevant to Family Medicine. Because The Review Course also provides exam preparation techniques, the CFPC will not formally review this event.
ABOUT THE EXAM: The CFPC Exam
What are the SOOs? What are the SAMPs?
Read everything you need to know about the exam on our page About the CCFP Exam.
Is this course endorsed by the CFPC?
The CFPC does not provide or endorse any educational event that prepares people for the CCFP exam. The Review Course teaches an overview of all of the 105 topics in Family Practice relevant to the certification exam, including updates to these topics from the months leading up to The Review Course. We do not provide or review old exam questions as these are covered by copyright.
Which guidelines should I study?
What are acceptable abbreviations?
The CCFP exam Instructions to the Candidate says to "avoid abbreviations which are not commonly used, and which may not be clear to an examiner."
Should I provide more answers than requested?
The CCFP exam Instructions to the Candidate says, "Write only one answer in each answer field, subsequent answers in the same answer field will not be considered. No credit will be given for responses which exceed the number of requested responses."
Are we allowed to use Trade Names or do we have to use Generic Names?
Both Generic and Trade Names are acceptable according to the official Instructions to the Candidate.
Can I breastfeed/pump breast milk at the exam?
Check with your residency program - many of our attendees are telling us that their Resident Education Fund is covering this cost!