Understanding physician and surgeon credentials

Glossary of typical credentials for physicians and surgeons who are registered and licensed by the College to practise medicine in British Columbia.

Licentiate/certification

Licentiate designations are not displayed on registrant profiles.

Acronym Licentiate/certification Description
MCC Medical Council of Canada The Medical Council of Canada develops, validates and implements tools and strategies to evaluate physicians’ competence, and maintains a national registry of physicians and their qualifications throughout their professional careers.
LMCC Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada 

The MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada to medical graduates who meet the following criteria:

  • they have passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II (or an acceptable clinical assessment deemed comparable to the MCCQE Part II)
  • they have satisfactorily completed at least 12 months of acceptable postgraduate training or an acceptable equivalent

The LMCC is not a licence to practise medicine. The authority to issue licensure and registration in Canada is solely that of the provincial colleges of physicians and surgeons. The LMCC is a part of the Canadian Standard, the set of requirements for awarding a full licence. Upon receiving their LMCC, candidates are also enrolled in the Canadian Medical Register.

CFPC College of Family Physicians of Canada The College of Family Physicians of Canada is the professional body responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.
CCFP Certificate of the College of Family Physicians 

Certification is granted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada to physicians who have

  1. successfully completed residency training accredited by the CFPC and successfully completed the College’s Certification Examination in Family Medicine or an approved equivalent, or
  2. met the College’s criteria for practice eligible candidates as determined by the National Board, or
  3. successfully completed discipline specific training in family medicine in a jurisdiction other than Canada that has been approved as equivalent to accredited Canadian training in family medicine and who hold certification in family medicine or the equivalent qualification from a jurisdiction other than Canada and which is judged to be equivalent to Certification in the CFPC.
CCFP (EM) Certificate of the College of Family Physicians (Emergency Medicine) Physicians who complete the Examination of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine administered by the College of Family Physicians of Canada may use this designation. The exam is open to physicians who hold CCFP status in good standing and who have either successfully completed an approved residency training program in emergency medicine, or met the criteria for practice eligible candidates as determined by the National Board as set out in the regulations.
CMQ Collège des médecins du Québec Specialist's Certificate in Family Medicine The Collège des médecins du Québec issues the specialist's certificate in family medicine to physicians who hold a valid permit to practise in Québec and have successfully passed the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) exam.
RCPSC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national examining and certifying body for medical specialists in Canada. The RCPSC establishes standards for specialty medical education and accredits the residency programs and learning activities at Canada’s 17 medical schools. 

Physicians who have successfully completed extensive postgraduate specialty medical education and examinations are certified by the RCPSC in a specialty or subspecialty of the profession to which the term, title or designation relates (e.g. obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, psychiatry, or dermatology).

PER-SEAP Candidate Practice Eligibility Route for the Subspecialty Examination Affiliate Program (PER-SEAP)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national examining and certifying body for medical specialists in Canada. The RCPSC establishes standards for specialty medical education and accredits the residency programs and learning activities at Canada’s 17 medical schools.

Internationally trained subspecialists already licensed and practising independently in Canada who are not RCPSC certified in their primary specialty may be eligible to apply for assessment through the PER-SEAP allowing them to be formally recognized by the Royal College for their subspecialty only.

Specialty and '+' Non-Canadian Certification Some physicians may have a "+" appended to their specialty (e.g. Dermatology+). This means that the certification was awarded outside of Canada and meets the requirements for licensure in British Columbia. This certification may include American Boards and Certificates of Completion of Training from the UK, Ireland, Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa. Note, this list is subject to change and each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.
APMLE American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination

The APMLE are national board examinations administered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) that are taken by all podiatric surgeons. The AMPLE consist of three parts and assesses whether a candidate has the knowledge required to practise as a minimally competent entry-level podiatric surgeon, and determine whether a candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills are adequate for safe, unsupervised practice.

Students enrolled in any of the nine accredited DPM programs are required to pass Part I and Part II prior to commencing residency training. Part III of the APMLE is taken during residency.

ABPM American Board of Podiatric Medicine The ABPM offers podiatric surgeons wishing to complete advanced training beyond their DPM and residency a board qualification, and certification process for the specialty of podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine.
ABFAS American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery The ABFAS offers podiatric surgeons wishing to complete advanced training beyond their DPM and residency a board qualification, and certification process for the specialty of foot and ankle surgery.