CCFP STUDY RESOURCES

How do I study for the CCFP exam?

There are many resources out there to help you prepare for the CCFP exam.

From the feedback we receive from our attendees, most recommend preparing early on in your residency.

The Review Course does not replace studying and you will need to spend time preparing for the exam on your own. However, we 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.

Some attendees recommend taking The Review Course as early as possible to help guide their studying. Others prefer to have it as a sort of final review of all 105 topics prior to the exam. It all depends on your study style.

Whatever you choose, we recommend starting the studying process early, studying with others and using a mix of resources. Check out the list below for the top resources.

What are the top-rated CCFP exam prep resources?

In 2018, we completed a nationwide survey of nearly 500 residents and practice-eligible candidates to find out what they recommend as the best CCFP exam prep resources.

Here's what they recommended.


This research was invited for presentation at the CFPC's Family Medicine Forum 2018.
Inclusion here does not imply our endorsement.

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THE REVIEW COURSE IN FAMILY MEDICINE

Learn the 99 topics in 2 days of high-energy, high-yield, highly-rated lectures

RESIDENCY ACADEMIC HALF DAYS

Every residency program has a different academic curriculum.

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY CCFP EXAM PREP

For practice-eligible candidates only (no residents allowed).

SELF-ORGANIZED STUDY GROUPS

Meet other exam candidates to study with at The Review Course.

Top Books & Resources

THE REVIEW COURSE IN FAMILY MEDICINE COURSE MANUAL

Sharpen your skills with nearly 300 practice SAMPs and the latest guidelines - only available at The Review Course.

GUIDE TO THE FAMILY MEDICINE EXAM (DR. DASH)

The original study book for the CCFP examination

NINETY NINE: STUDY GUIDE FOR CANADIAN FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENTS

E-book and paperback by Dr. Pabani - note: "it is in no means complete"

FAMILY MEDICINE NOTES
(DR. O'TOOLE)

E-book and textbook, updated every year

PDF STUDY NOTES - 99 TOPICS FOR THE CCFP (incomplete)

Reviews some of the 99 topics

Top Audio Resources

DR. MIKE KIRLEW'S PODCASTS (ALSO AVAILABLE ON iTUNES)

The original CCFP exam prep podcast with content on acute care and exam preparation

DR. BRADY BOUCHARD'S PODCASTS

Currently "on hiatus" - archived episodes available

Top Web-based Resources

THE REVIEW COURSE STUDY TIPS EMAIL/BLOG

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FAMILY MEDICINE STUDY GUIDE (App for Apple or Android)

Contains 75 SAMPs available for purchase

THE REVIEW COURSE - THE OTHER 99 TOPICS

Do you know the OTHER 99 topics? 99 other things to know for the CCFP exam

UBC WIKI-NOTES ON THE 99 TOPICS

Originally created by the 2012 graduating Family Practice residents at UBC

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA ARTICLE LIST FOR THE 99 TOPICS

A list of articles for each of the 99 topics

THE REVIEW COURSE WEEK BEFORE STUDY GUIDE

Last-minute essentials for the CCFP exam - available only to attendees of The Review Course

CCFPEXAMS.COM - ONLINE SAMP QUESTIONS

Contains 125 SAMPs available for purchase

CFPC OFFICIAL WEBSITE RESOURCES

Written by the office that conducts the CCFP exam

CALGARY OVERVIEW OF THE SAMPs (Dr. Bennion)

PowerPoint presentation with tips from a SAMP question writer

CCFPPREP.COM
99 TOPICS BLOG

A blog with notes for each of the 99 topics.

Official CCFP Resources

The CCFP's resources are rated above as a whole. Here are the individual items available.

CFPC's SELF LEARNING BOOKLETS

Free for residents; published every 2 months with new content and practice SAMPs

CFPC's SAMPLE SHORT ANSWER MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS

The only official source of sample SAMP questions for Family Medicine

CFPC's HOMESTUDY - GUIDE TO SELF STUDY

A brief list of articles on patient-centred interviewing and other study resources

CFPC's CERTIFICATION FAQs LIST

List of frequently asked questions on pre-exam, exam days, post-exam, scoring, & language quality assurance 

CFPC's EVALUATION OBJECTIVES

A searchable database of the 99 topics

CFPC's SAMPLE SIMULATED OFFICE ORAL QUESTIONS

The only official source of sample SOO questions for Family Medicine

CFPC's PREPARING FOR THE EXAM

Includes the Candidate Guide and sample questions

CFPC's CERTIFICATION EXAM CANDIDATE GUIDE

The official rules about the CCFP exam

Other Resources

The following additional resources were not available at the time of the environmental scan or were not within the inclusion period for the research, so a rating could not be generated during the research period. They are included here for your convenience.

LIST OF CANADIAN GUIDELINES FROM THE REVIEW COURSE

Download a list of Canadian guidelines to help you prepare for the CCFP exam

SAMP PREP APP - Dr. Dittaro
(For Apple only)

Sample SAMP questions for Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

MCGILL FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENT STUDY GUIDE

Notes on each of the 99 topics

BC COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS PRACTICE SOOs

For practice-eligible candidates only (no residents allowed)

LIST OF CANADIAN GUIDELINES FROM THE REVIEW COURSE

Download a list of Canadian guidelines to help you prepare for the CCFP exam

MCGILL FAMILY MEDICINE ORIENTATION TO THE EXAM

PDF describing the CCFP exam, from 2015

UBC PREPARATION FOR THE SAMPS PPT

PowerPoint presentation explaining the SAMPs

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