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Message from the Registrar: Guidance to Physicians Regarding Medical Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Throughout Nova Scotia, many organizations are requiring that all staff and visitors be vaccinated against COVID-19.  It is not unreasonable to expect that, in response, physicians will be asked to provide medical notes for patients who have chosen not to be vaccinated. As physicians continue to work to mitigate any further spread of COVID-19, the College aims to support their leadership with clear guidance on their responsibilities in this circumstance.  Physicians must only support requests for a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination for patients with a legitimate medical condition that would warrant an exemption.  The office of the Chief Medical […]

Fee Eliminated for Certificates of Professional Conduct (CPC)

The College’s Executive Committee has passed a motion to eliminate the fee associated with the issuance of a Certificate of Professional Conduct. The aim is to promote physician mobility and to reduce administrative burden and costs for physicians. Effective immediately physicians will no longer be charged for a CPC.

College Revises Licensing Policy in Response to MCC Exam Announcement

On June 10, 2021, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) announced it will cease to deliver the MCC Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.  The MCC stated that successful completion of the MCCQE Part II is no longer required to become a licentiate of the MCC (LMCC). The MCC announcement directly affects the licensure of many provisionally licensed physicians and those physicians seeking initial licensure in Canada. The Canadian Standard is the set of academic qualifications that makes a physician eligible for full licensure in every Canadian province […]

The MCC Ceases Delivery of the MCCQE Part II

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) made an announcement on June 10, 2021, further to the cancellation of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II and to the granting of licentiate status. Read the announcement on the MCC website.  The regulatory authorities across Canada are meeting today in hopes of achieving a consensus response. We will provide updates as matters develop.

Update Regarding MCCQE Part II

The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada  (FMRAC) met today to discuss the ramifications of the suspension of the MCCQE Part II.  The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) announced on May 31, 2021, the suspension of the MCCQE Part II due to significant issues with the virtual examination. The President of FMRAC will be meeting with the MCC in the next few days to determine steps forward. The College will […]

Statement Regarding the MCCQE Part II Exam Suspension

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) announced on May 31, 2021 the suspension of the MCCQE Part II due to significant issues with the virtual examination. MCC apologized for the anxiety this has caused candidates amidst the pandemic. The MCC confirmed a full refund for those registered for the current session, those who were transferred to the fall 2021 session, and those who challenged the exam in the past weeks.  The full MCC statement can be found here.

Scope of Practice for Physicians Deployed in Response to COVID-19

We wish to express our appreciation to all physicians who have been deployed by Nova Scotia Health or IWK to contribute to the pandemic response in ways outside their normal scope of practice. As the province moves through the third wave of the pandemic, physicians have continued to demonstrate leadership in their commitment to providing care.  These continue to be stressful times, with physicians raising their hands to help wherever needed. We wish to reassure physicians the College will not hold deployed physicians to practice within a scope strictly consistent with recent training and experience.

Renew Your Postgraduate Training Licence Today

Postgraduate training licence renewal is now open. You must renew your licence to continue your training for the upcoming academic year. Renew by May 23, 2021, to avoid a late fee. If you plan to discontinue your Postgraduate Training Licence you must notify the College in writing or by email to before June 30, 2021. How to Renew: Visit