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First Family Physicians Licensed from Practice Ready Assessment Program


The first cohort of internationally trained medical graduates have successfully completed the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP).

Four family physicians have received their medical licences and will begin practising soon in Glace Bay, New Glasgow, Hubbards, and Truro.

“The Program has successfully undertaken the assessment of these four family doctors and wishes them well as they begin to practice in rural communities in our province,” said Dr. Fiona Bergin, the Program’s Clinical Director. “These physicians have received a Defined Licence and will work in under-serviced communities pursuant to a return of service agreement signed with the Department of Health and Wellness.  The goal is for these physicians to work towards full licensure and remain practising in these communities,” explained Dr. Bergin.

NSPRAP is an assessment program for international medical graduates (IMGs) who have completed residencies in family medicine outside of Canada, and are unable to meet Nova Scotia licensing requirements. The assessment program ensures that international medical graduates (IMGs) who wish to practice family medicine in Nova Scotia possess appropriate clinical skills and knowledge to provide quality patient care.

“Congratulations to the Practice Ready Assessment Program. Through this rigorous assessment, we are confident these physicians of diverse qualifications meet the high standards of competence expected by Nova Scotians”, said Dr. Keri McAdoo, Deputy Registrar of the College.

NSPRAP operates under the auspices of the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine (DFM) with the financial support of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (NSDHW), in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)

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Dr. Fiona Bergin | Clinical Director, NSPRAP

Pattie LaCroix | Director, Communications & Policy
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia