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Postgraduate Trainee News

This newsletter provides important information for physicians undergoing postgraduate medical education at Dalhousie University.


If you have any questions, please contact

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

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 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:
  • 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 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.