Prevalence of test accommodations for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I, 2013-2021

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Introduction: Previous articles have highlighted the laborious process of acquiring disability accommodations in medical education. We endeavoured to characterize the trends of test accommodations on the MCCQE Part I.

Methods: Data was obtained from the Medical Council of Canada on the number of applicants who attained test accommodations on the MCCQE Part I between 2013 and 2021. The number of test takers for the same period was obtained from the Medical Council of Canada’s Annual Technical Reports; this data was not publicly available for 2013, 2014, or 2021. Prevalence rates and graphs were produced.

Results: The number of test takers who attained test accommodations ranged from 35 to 126 between 2013 and 2021. The percentage of test takers who attained test accommodations ranged from 0.89% to 2.01% between 2015 and 2020. Per correspondence with the Medical Council of Canada, no applicant who provided all required documentation was denied test accommodations during this period.

Discussion: The number and rate of test takers attaining test accommodations on the MCCQE Part I have increased substantially during this period. It is unclear whether this increase is due to greater rates of students with disabilities, or a reduction in stigma around using test accommodations.

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2023-05-30

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Clarke QK, Hanes JE. Prevalence of test accommodations for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I, 2013-2021. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2023 May 30 [cited 2024 Apr. 12];14(5):56-8. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/76934

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