Postgraduate Trainee News
This newsletter provides important information for physicians undergoing postgraduate medical education at Dalhousie University.
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If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Your Contact Info Current
Update Your Email Address
Keep us informed of any changes in your email address. All correspondence from the College, including notification that it’s time to renew your Postgraduate Training licence, will be sent to you by email. Send any changes to email@example.com.
Request for Cell Phone Numbers
The College has implemented text messaging to notify physicians when licence renewal opens. Please provide your cell number to the College by April 14, 2021, to opt-in to receive the text message.
Renew Your Postgraduate Training Licence
for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
Online postgraduate trainee licence renewal opens on May 3. Completion of your licence renewal form and receipt of payment is required to continue your postgraduate training program at Dalhousie University for the 2021-2022 academic year. The renewal is fee is $200.
- If you have not renewed your postgraduate training licence by May 24, you will be subject to a $50 late fee.
- If you have not renewed your licence by May 31 your licence will be suspended effective July 1, 2021.
Leave of Absences & Returning to Training
The postgraduate medical education office advises the College when you are on a leave of absence. The College requires information from you regarding leaves of absence that last longer than 28 days.
The College will never disclose personal health information; leaves of absence are displayed on the College website as temporarily inactive without an accompanying explanation.
- If you are currently on a leave of absence from your training program and returning to training before October 1, 2021, you must renew your licence during the May renewal period.
- If you are not returning to your training program until after September 30, 2021, you must contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to returning to training.
Request a Certificate of Professional Conduct
If you are applying for a licence outside of Nova Scotia, you will need a Certificate of Professional Conduct (CPC). The College generally issues CPCs within five (5) business days. CPCs are sent directly to the licensing authority requesting the document.
- Download the consent form (PDF – 2 pages – 206 KB)
- Send us your completed form by mail, email, or fax:
- 400 – 175 Western Parkway, Bedford, Nova Scotia, B4B 0V1
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: 902-422-5035
- Upon receipt of the completed form, you are invoiced through the Member Services portal:
- If you are leaving the Dalhousie University program and applying for a licence outside Nova Scotia, the fee for a CPC is $150.
- If the CPC is required for an elective, be sure to indicate that on your consent form and the fee will be waived.
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Postgraduate Practising Licences
Internal & External Moonlighting
If you hold a Postgraduate Practising licence for the 2020-2021 academic year, it expires on June 30, 2021. If you plan to provide locum coverage (moonlight) during the 2021-2022 academic year, you must submit a completed application for a Postgraduate Practising licence.
- review the information carefully; the application process for External Moonlighting changed significantly in 2020.
- allow for processing time; we are unable to guarantee the issuance of a licence by a particular date.
- do not complete an application with physiciansapply.ca. Those applications are not intended for a Postgraduate Training license and cost additional fees that are non-refundable.
You cannot begin moonlighting until you have received confirmation from the College that you have been granted a Postgraduate Practising licence, doing so would be considered practising without a licence.
Completion of Training & Applying for Licensure
If you are nearing the end of your training program and intend to practise medicine in Nova Scotia, you will need to apply for a new licence.
If you are considering licensure outside of Nova Scotia, you must contact the appropriate provincial College of Physicians & Surgeons or licensing authorities in other jurisdictions.
To obtain a Full Licence to practise in Nova Scotia you must:
- pass Parts I and II of the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examination (LMCC);
- complete your postgraduate training program (this includes completion of any projects); and
- be certified with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada.
If you have not passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 2 (LMCC), the CFPC or Royal College certification exam, or you will not be sitting your certification exam until the fall or following spring, you may be eligible for a Defined licence.
Newly graduated, Canadian-trained physicians without Canadian certification due to the postponement of examinations secondary to the pandemic
With the postponement of the certifying and licensing examinations in 2020, newly graduated Canadian-trained physicians have had the significant challenge of not qualifying for a Full licence in Canada at the time of graduation in 2020. All provinces have made allowances and will continue to do so as long as there are delays and postponements of examinations.
In Nova Scotia, provincial legislation requires new graduates without Canadian certification to obtain a Defined licence and maintain sponsorship and supervision throughout the duration of this licence. This legislation will remain in place as long as there is the postponement of examinations due to the pandemic.
New Policy: Pandemic-Related Exceptions to MCCQE Part II
The College has instituted a new policy in recognition of the postponement of the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examinations Part II. As a result of this exam delay, a number of physicians are unable to meet the requirements of obtaining LMCC for Full licensure.
The College’s Pandemic-Related Exceptions to the Requirement for the MCCQE Part II Policy allows exceptions for those who were affected by the postponement of this qualifying examination. Review the new policy.
A Defined licence is issued to physicians who do not yet meet the Canadian standards for a Full licence. Physicians must practise under the sponsorship and supervision of another physician as they work towards Canadian licensing (or alternative) and certification examinations. The level of supervision is determined by your particular circumstances.
Defined Licence with Standard Level Supervision
If a newly graduated physician has unsuccessfully challenged the Canadian certification examination and/or the MCCQEII, they undergo standard level supervision as is typical of a Defined licence on the path towards full licensure. In this circumstance, the physician is responsible for the cost of supervision. Standard level supervision requires the supervised physician to practise in one zone within the health authority.
Please refer to the following documents for more information on supervision:
How to Apply
Step 1: You set up your account and submit your credentials
- Complete the application for medical registration in Nova Scotia and submit your credentials through physiciansapply.ca. If you need help with your physiciansapply.ca account contact email@example.com.
- Go to Applications for Medical Registration found in the Overview
- Select College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia from the province section menu
- Complete all required information in the application
- You will need to know the date(s) of your certification examination with the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
- You must provide ALL training, licensing, and practice history (if applicable) in the application. This includes your training and licensing in Nova Scotia, any electives that you did outside of Nova Scotia, moonlighting, etc. vFailure to provide all required information could result in an application being rejected, denied or having to be resubmitted
- Pay the $450 fee. Fees are non-refundable.
Be sure to “share” your documents with the College through physiciansapply.ca. Your application, once submitted through phyisicansapply.ca, is sent to us.
If you have questions about licensing, please contact College staff:
1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823
Step 2: We review your application
- If you qualify, we will email you to request documents.
- If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.
It is recommended that you begin the application process as soon as possible. It can take 4 to 6 weeks for you to collect and send all the documents needed. We recommend that you submit all of your documentation at least 4 weeks prior to your start date.
The College provides a tracking service that will enable you to view the status of your application for licensure with the College. You will be provided with a username and password to access that service.
Step 3: We notify you about your registration
Once all required documentation is received, your application will be reviewed and a decision provided within days. Please note: we are unable to guarantee that an applicant will be issued a licence by a particular date.
- If you qualify, we will send you instructions and information.
- If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.
Step 4: You receive your licence to practise
If you are approved for a Postgraduate Training licence, we issue your licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.
You cannot practise or bill for services until you have received official notification of licensure from the College.
Registration & Licensing Fees
The following fees are required for a Full or Defined Licence and are non-refundable:
- Review of qualifications
- Documentation fee
- Registration fee
- Annual licence fee (renewable yearly)
- Supervision fees (when applicable)
Please refer to the College’s Fee Schedule for a list of the current fees.