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Pass rates

The table below summarizes the average pass rates for residents in Canada, in percentages, for all Royal College specialties and subspecialties certification exams over three years.

This data includes only candidates who a) have an MD from a Canadian university; b) have a Final In-Training Evaluation Report (FITER) completed in a Canadian program; and c) are taking the exam for the first time. This is referred to as the CMDPG category.

Note: In previous years, the Canadian Residency And First Time (CRAFT) candidate group was used as reference. If this report is compared with previous years, the average number of CMDPG candidates may be considerably smaller than previous CRAFT candidate groups.

Only specialties and subspecialties that had an average of five or more CMDPG candidates registered at the certification exams for the last three years are included here.

Average pass rates — Fully Canadian trained, first-attempt candidates

Spring and fall sessions 2012 through 2014

CMDPG CANDIDATES ONLY

THREE-YEAR AVERAGE

Specialty

N

%

St.Dev.

Adolescent Medicine

-

-

-

Anatomical Pathology

26.0

96.1

0.8

Anesthesiology

106.7

94.9

3.2

Cardiac Surgery

6.3

94.4

9.6

Cardiology

51.0

94.6

5.6

Clinical Immunology and Allergy

12.0

94.7

4.6

Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

-

-

-

Colorectal Surgery

-

-

-

Critical Care Medicine

42.3

91.3

1.5

Dermatology

22.0

95.0

8.7

Developmental Pediatrics

-

-

-

Diagnostic Radiology

88.0

97.8

1.0

Emergency Medicine

51.7

99.4

1.1

Endocrinology and Metabolism

21.3

100.0

0.0

Forensic Pathology

-

-

-

Gastroenterology

38.7

97.4

2.6

General Pathology

-

-

-

General Surgery

84.0

96.1

2.8

General Surgical Oncology

-

-

-

Geriatric Medicine

9.0

97.2

4.8

Gynecologic Oncology

-

-

-

Hematological Pathology

-

-

-

Hematology

27.7

97.7

4.0

Infectious Diseases

20.7

90.9

2.5

Internal Medicine

345.7

96.2

0.2

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

6.0

100.0

0.0

Medical Biochemistry

-

-

-

Medical Genetics

-

-

-

Medical Microbiology

12.7

91.2

3.5

Medical Oncology

29.0

98.3

2.9

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

8.0

100.0

0.0

Nephrology

20.0

98.2

3.1

Neurology

38.0

94.8

2.3

Neuropathology

-

-

-

Neuroradiology

-

-

-

Neurosurgery

13.3

89.9

11.8

Nuclear Medicine

8.7

96.7

5.8

Obstetrics and Gynecology

82.0

99.2

0.7

Occupational Medicine

-

-

-

Ophthalmology

33.7

99.0

1.7

Orthopedic Surgery

67.3

97.6

2.3

Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery

29.0

94.1

4.5

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

13.0

94.8

4.5

Pediatric Surgery

-

-

-

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

6.3

95.8

7.2

Pediatrics

138.7

91.5

6.3

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

17.3

96.3

6.4

Plastic Surgery

25.3

96.4

3.6

Surgical Foundations

299.7

94.0

1.1

Psychiatry

117.7

98.8

0.6

Public Health and Preventive Medicine

16.0

88.5

6.1

Radiation Oncology

21.0

98.7

2.2

Respirology

33.0

93.1

1.1

Rheumatology

18.3

100.0

0.0

Thoracic Surgery

-

-

-

Urology

27.3

97.3

4.6

Vascular Surgery

7.3

91.7

14.4


NOTE: Due to the limited number of candidates for some specialties, pass rate statistics are not reported in order to maintain confidentiality.