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Practice Ready Assessment for Internationally-Trained Physicians

Family Physicians

You will need to complete the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP) if both of the following apply to you:

  • You have completed postgraduate training in family medicine outside Canada.
  • You do not yet meet Nova Scotia’s licensing requirements.

Are you eligible?

To qualify for the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program, you must have the following documents:

In addition, you must have completed at least 8 weeks of training in all of the following fields:

  • family medicine or general practice
  • internal medicine
  • surgery
  • paediatrics
  • psychiatry
  • obstetrics and gynaecology

Note: The registrar may accept 8-16 weeks of extra training in family medicine instead of training in psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology.

FInally, you must have practised independently for at least 2 years in a family or general practice AND for at least 12 weeks within 3 years of applying for the NSPRAP

Step 1: Set up your account with physiciansapply.ca and submit your credentials

Read the list of required documents and qualifications above to ensure you qualify for program.

Complete the application for medical registration (AMR) at physiciansapply.ca and pay the appropriate fees. The fees are non-refundable.

We will receive the application automatically.

Make sure you complete the application form accurately. Discrepancies with information may delay your application.

Contact the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) at service@mcc.ca if you need help to create or access your physiciansapply.ca account.

Questions?
Call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823
Email registration@cpsns.ns.ca

Step 2: Review of your application

We will review the information you submitted through physiciansapply.ca to find out if you are qualified to move on in the application process.

We will email you to tell you if you qualify for the program or not.

  • If you qualify, your registration coordinator will send you a letter telling you how to move on to the next stage – Screening and Selection by the NSPRAP.
  • If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.

Step 3: Screening and selection by the NSPRAP

You can find more information about screening and selection on the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP) website.

Step 4: Application for clinical assessment licence

Once selected to participate in the NSPRAP, candidates will be provided online access to complete a clinical assessment licence application. This includes information such as certificates of professional conduct, a criminal records check and reference forms.

This process may take four to eight weeks. The College is not responsible for delays in the application process due to incomplete information from the applicant or delays in receiving information from the applicant or third parties.

Step 5: Clinical field assessment

All candidates selected to the NSPRAP must be registered and licensed by the College. The Clinical Assessment Licence remains valid until the completion of the NSPRAP’s 12-week clinical field assessment.

The College can terminate the program participant’s registration and licensure if:

  • supervision is withdrawn from a NSPRAP participant; and/or
  • significant participant competency concerns are identified.

For more information, please contact the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program.

Step 6: Defined licence

The NSPRAP assessment committee will review the results of your assessment and forward them to us. Our registration committee will then examine these results. If they approve, they will grant you a defined licence.

Specialists

If your specialty training and certification is from a jurisdiction other than the 29 accepted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), you may be eligible for a practice ready assessment for specialists (PRA Specialists).  This readiness assessment will assess your ability to practice independently.  For more information, see the RCPSC Specialty Training Requirements to compare your postgraduate training to the Canadian standard.

Note: a PRA is not conducted in subspecialty disciplines.

Step 1: Make sure that you have endorsement from the NSHA or the IWK

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the IWK Health Centre, and Dalhousie University may recommend you for consideration to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS). When they endorse you, they must send a letter of support confirming their offer of employment in an area of defined need. They must also include a description of the proposed assessment.

Contact the NSHA or IWK for more information about your eligibility for endorsement.

For more information about eligibility, see our policy on Screening Criteria for PRA Specialists.

Step 2: Referral to the PRA specialists

The NSHA or IWK will contact us if you have been accepted.

Our registration and licensing department will review the letter of endorsement and let you know when to complete the application through physiciansapply.ca.

Step 3: Completing your file

Complete your application through the Application for Medical Registration (AMR) at physiciansapply.ca and pay the appropriate fees. These fees are non-refundable.

Once we have received your application, our registration department will contact you to tell you what we still need to determine your eligibility. This includes but is not limited to

  • credentials
  • english language proficiency
  • declaration forms
  • licence or registration
  • work authorization
  • curriculum vitae

Contact the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) at service@mcc.ca if you need help to create or  access your physiciansapply.ca account.

Questions?
Call 1-877-282-7767 or 902-422-5823
Email registration@cpsns.ns.ca

Step 4: Review of your application

We will review the information you submitted through physiciansapply.ca to find out if you are qualified to move on in the application process. We will contact the RCPSC to confirm that your training, certification, and practice history meet the requirements for exam eligibility.

We will email you to tell you if you qualify for the  program or not:

  • If you qualify, your registration coordinator will send you a letter telling you what to do next.
  • If you do NOT qualify, we will explain why.

Step 5: Application for clinical assessment licence

The registration department will open up the second half of the application through physiciansapply.ca.

Once we have received your completed application, we will grant you access to our Member Services Portal. Through this portal, you will find out which documents you still need to send such as

  • references
  • criminal record check
  • certificates of professional conduct
  • declaration forms

Note: Do not ask for these until you are directed to do so through the portal.

Once we have received all necessary documents and have approved your application, you will receive a clinical assessment licence. This licence is valid for 3 months and will allow you to complete the clinical field assessment.

Step 6: clinical field assessment

In order to begin your clinical field assessment you must be registered and licensed with the College.  The clinical assessment licence remains valid until the completion of the assessment period.

The College can terminate a PRA Specialist participant’s registration and licensure if:

  • supervision is withdrawn; and/or
  • significant competency concerns are identified.

Following completion of the 12-week assessment, the College will receive an assessment report.  The results are review by our registration committee for decision.

Step 7: Defined licence

Once we approve your field assessment, we will grant you a defined licence.