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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.

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What are the top-rated CCFP exam prep resources?

In 2023, we completed a nationwide survey of nearly 200 residents and practice-eligible candidates to find out what they recommend as the best CCFP exam prep resources.

Here's what they recommended.


Inclusion here does not imply our endorsement.

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Top In-Person Events

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THE REVIEW COURSE IN FAMILY MEDICINE

Learn the 105 topics in 2 days of high-energy, high-yield, highly-rated lectures

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RESIDENCY ACADEMIC HALF DAYS

Every residency program has a different academic curriculum.

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UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY CCFP EXAM PREP

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

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SELF-ORGANIZED STUDY GROUPS

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

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Top Books & Resources

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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.

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GUIDE TO THE FAMILY MEDICINE EXAM (DR. DASH)

The original study book for the CCFP examination

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FM LEARNER (DR. CHAN)

Notes on the 105 Topics

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FAMILY MEDICINE NOTES
(DR. O'TOOLE)

E-book and textbook, updated every year

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

Reviews some of the 99 topics

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Top Audio Resources

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

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

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THE GENEREHLIST PODCAST

Made by Canadian FM Residents for Canadian FM knowledge

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DR. BRADY BOUCHARD'S PODCASTS

Currently "on hiatus" - archived episodes available

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Top Web-based Resources

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THE REVIEW COURSE STUDY TIPS EMAIL/BLOG

Get a free SOO Success infographic when you sign up

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FAMILY MEDICINE STUDY GUIDE (App for Apple or Android)

Contains 75 SAMPs available for purchase

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CFPC OFFICIAL WEBSITE RESOURCES

Written by the office that conducts the CCFP exam

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CALGARY OVERVIEW OF THE SAMPs (Dr. Bennion)

PowerPoint presentation with tips from a SAMP question writer

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PASSMYBOARDS.COM
(App for Apple or Android) 

CCFP SAMP Q-Bank

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THE REVIEW COURSE WEEK BEFORE STUDY GUIDE

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

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THE REVIEW COURSE - THE OTHER 105 TOPICS

Do you know the OTHER 105 topics? 105 other things to know for the CCFP exam

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UBC WIKI-NOTES ON THE 99 TOPICS

Originally created by the 2012 graduating Family Practice residents at UBC

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CCFPPREP.COM
99 TOPICS BLOG

A blog with notes for each of the 99 topics.

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SAMPPREP.CA

Online prep course for the SAMP portion of the CFPC exam

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 105 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

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

STORYBOOK STUDY GUIDE

An innovative new CCFP exam study tool created by The Review Course – a children's book which is actually a study guide for parents preparing for the Family Medicine certification exam. CCFP Exam tips are hidden on every page.

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 105 topics

SKIN STUDY GUIDE: 53 Need-to-Know Rashes for the CCFP Exam

Created by The Review Course in Family Medicine, this is a quick study reference and photo atlas of common skin conditions encountered in Family Practice. The book includes 53 need-to-know rashes for the CCFP exam.

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